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Ju-on: The Grudge (2002) More at IMDbPro »Ju-on (original title)

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Ju-on: The Grudge -- An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
Ju-on: The Grudge -- An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

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Director:
Writers:
Takashi Shimizu (written by)
Bobby White (subtitles)
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Release Date:
25 January 2003 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
When a grudge from the dead passes to the living - Who is safe?
Plot:
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(208 articles)
User Reviews:
Pretty Good See more (177 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Megumi Okina ... Rika Nishina

Misaki Itô ... Hitomi Tokunaga

Misa Uehara ... Izumi Tôyama
Yui Ichikawa ... Chiharu
Kanji Tsuda ... Katsuya Tokunaga
Kayoko Shibata ... Mariko
Yukako Kukuri ... Miyuki
Shuri Matsuda ... Kazumi Tokunaga
Yôji Tanaka ... Yûji Tôyama
Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Keibiin
Hideo Sakaki ... Fukushi Sentâ Jimuin
Takashi Matsuyama ... Takeo Saeki

Yuya Ozeki ... Toshio

Takako Fuji ... Kayako
Chikara Ishikura ... Hirohashi
Chikako Isomura ... Sachie
Chiona Ôkuni ... Erebêtâ no Onna
Miho Fujima ... Joshi Ana
Daisuke Honda ... Igarashi Keiji
Hirokazu Inoue ... Nakagawa Keiji
Mao Kobayashi ... Shôgakusei no Izumi (as Tomomi Kobayashi)
Aki Fujî ... Yôko Tôyama (as Aki Fujii)
Risa Odagiri ... Saori
Kaori Nakajô ... Chiaki
Kana Kobayashi ... Ayano
Akira Saito ... Sekine Sensei (as Akira Saitô)
Hiroyuki Yokoo ... Nyûsu no Koe (voice) (as Hiroyuki Yoko'o)
Isao Yatsu ... Saitô
Haruka Yamano ... Fukikae
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chiaki Kuriyama
Yûrei Yanagi
Wendee Lee ... Rika (uncredited) (voice: English version)
Michelle Ruff ... Hitomi (uncredited) (voice: English version)

Directed by
Takashi Shimizu 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Takashi Shimizu  written by
Bobby White  subtitles

Produced by
Takashige Ichise .... producer
Kunio Kawakami .... producer
Yoshinori Kumazawa .... producer
Hiroki Numata .... producer
 
Original Music by
Shiro Sato  (as Shirô Satô)
 
Cinematography by
Tokushô Kikumura 
 
Film Editing by
Nobuyuki Takahashi 
 
Production Design by
Toshiharu Tokiwa 
 
Production Management
Katsuhiro Ogawa .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masaki Adachi .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Masaya Kitada .... sound effects
Masato Komatsu .... sound recordist
Walter Ledesma .... sound re-recording mixer: English version
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
 
Other crew
Peter Block .... acquisitions executive
Rintaro Hamasaki .... location unit manager
Kiyoshi Kurosawa .... creative consultant
Hiroshi Takahashi .... creative consultant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ju-on" - Japan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some disturbing images
Runtime:
92 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Hirohashi:Thanks for the effort.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ya tebya ne lyublyu (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
Kagi ga akanaiSee more »

FAQ

What is that eerie noise that Kayako makes?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
I watched "Ju-on: The Grudge" and I'm so confused! It keeps jumping from story to story.
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43 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Pretty Good, 28 May 2004
Author: Gafke from United States

"Ju-On, The Grudge" is not an easy movie to find in America (or at least it wasn't when I first wrote this review) , and after hearing it hyped to the heavens in magazines such as Fangoria and Rue Morgue, and by word of mouth as well, I knew I had to see it. I finally tracked it down in LA and watched it the very first chance I got to do so.

Ju-On is a chapter story about a haunted house in a Tokyo suburb. The film begins when an inexperienced social worker shows up at the house and comes face to face with the horror within. The story jumps around from past to present, its chapters focusing on one character at a time until it has come full circle. Everyone unwise enough to enter the cursed house winds up dead, the haunting spreading like a virus. It seems that a terrible murder once took place in this house and the rage surrounding the act of violence has spawned its own evil curse. To enter the house is to be immediately infected and the haunting follows people home, driving them to near madness before dragging them away, never to be seen again.

Ju-On bears more than a passing resemblance to its popular predecessor "Ringu" and is nowhere near as frightening, but it's not a bad film by any means. Butchered mother-ghost Kayako is very Sadako-like, crawling around with her long black hair in her face and moving with unearthly jerkiness. Her blue-white face is quite startling with its huge staring eyes and occasional splashes of blood. Her ghost son, Toshio, is both sad and frightening, appearing both as a normal boy and a pale, wide-eyed ghost. Many of the films most frightening sequences feature the murdered woman Kayako: her head full of black hair peeking around a corner, her shadow moving down a corridor and filling a security camera, a head-on shot of her crawling through an attic at night with only the beam of a flashlight illuminating her. The sound effects are quite disturbing as well and the performances are convincingly well done.

I wasn't as scared by this movie as had been promised I would be, but that's what happens when you buy into the hype. I was simply expecting too much, and I got a pretty good ghost story instead. Ju-On is good. It's not great, but it's a decent, straightforward ghost story with more than enough scary moments to please most horror fans. Ringu was scarier, but Ju-On is a noble effort. Like most Asian horror stories, it remains ambiguous and open-ended, leaving room for both a sequel and the chance for you to decide for yourself what the curse of The Grudge really is.

7 out of 10 stars.

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