Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
"Ju-on" (original title)

R  |   |  Horror  |  25 January 2003 (Japan)
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A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yui Ichikawa ...
Kanji Tsuda ...
Kayoko Shibata ...
Yukako Kukuri ...
Shuri Matsuda ...
Yôji Tanaka ...
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
Hideo Sakaki ...
Fukushi Sentâ Jimuin
Takashi Matsuyama ...
Yuya Ozeki ...
Chikara Ishikura ...


In Japan, when the volunteer social assistant Rika Nishina is assigned to visit a family, she is cursed and chased by two revengeful fiends: Kayako, a woman brutally murdered by her husband and her son Toshio. Each person that lives in or visits the haunted house is murdered or disappears. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When a grudge from the dead passes to the living - Who is safe?



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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25 January 2003 (Japan)  »

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Ju-on  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$498,331 (Spain) (14 November 2003)


$325,661 (USA) (3 December 2004)

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This film is the third installment of the Ju-on series. The film was preceded by two low budget films from 2000, whose storylines are continued in this sequel. See more »


When Rika's in the shower, she has a lot of shampoo in her hair. Yet right before Kayoko's hand appears, the shampoo vanishes. See more »


[repeated line]
Hirohashi: Thanks for the effort.
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Kagi ga akanai
Music by Hiroyuki Hamamoto
Lyrics by Kei Noguchi
Performed by Suitei Shôjo
Courtesy of Epic Records Japan
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Hark, the Grudge: and lo, I wet myself.
10 September 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If you only love American cinema and hate everything not English, you'll hate it.

If watching Ringu makes you feel that you somehow know a lot about foreign movies, you'll just sit and compare the two. Which is too bad, because they're both great in their own right.

On it's own, Ju-on is fantastic. It boasts itself as a simple contained story without stretching on into some sort of epic. Where some movies will say: "We've got a weaved story that's real creepy", Ju-on seems to say: "You came to watch a ghost story, and that's what you're getting. Now sit there as we shove your heart through your butt-hoop."

Folks, if you have issues with dead stares and good use of dark angles and sound, it's extremely creepy.

Studios aren't giving Sam Raimi millions of dollars to re-make this film in Japan alongside its original director for nothing. If not my word, take their's. The only reason this film got noticed in the first place is because of its original two-part TV airings in Japan that created such a buzz, they re-shot it for film.

-- Or maybe you'll take the advice of people who've watched too many brainless popcorn summer movies and never watch it. Ju-on's an Excellent flick.

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