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The Grudge (2004)

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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.



(screenplay), (film "Ju-On: The Grudge")
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Karen Davis, an American Nurse, moves to Tokyo and encounters a supernatural spirit who is vengeful and often possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim. Karen must now find away to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim. Written by simon

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Plot Keywords:

curse | american | nurse | rage | japan | See All (107) »


It never forgives. It never forgets. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled 'Ju-on: The Grudge' Remake  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,128,715 (USA) (22 October 2004)


$110,175,871 (USA) (17 December 2004)

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Technical Specs


| (Unrated Extended Director's Cut) | (unrated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While filming the infamous shower scene, Sarah Michelle Gellar discovered she was allergic to Japanese water, as it caused her skin to itch. So as to properly film the scene safely, Gellar was dressed in black hefty garbage bags from the waist down and in a little tube top. See more »


When Karen is walking outside with Doug after they wake up together, Doug is wearing a shawl. In the subsequent shots he isn't wearing it any more. See more »


[first lines]
Maria: Good morning. Peter? Are you OK? You're up early today.
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Loses something
28 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie definitely loses something in the translation. Unlike "The Ring" which equaled and even improved on the original story in some ways, this one just meanders along in an uninspired fashion.

The original Japanese film, "Ju-on", was pretty incoherent, mostly just a series of set pieces and great chills. The American version, directed by the same filmmaker, has done nothing towards clarifying the muddled story and, aside from the great opening sequences, is just a straight-forward recreation of the same suspenseful sequences that somehow don't play as well. I'd suggest renting the original instead.

5 out of 10.

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