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The Grudge -- Pregnant Kyôko Harase and her fiancé are in a car crash. While Kyoko loses her baby in the crash, she is later informed that she has a three-and-a-half-month-old fetus in her womb.
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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.
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 (WGA):
Stephen Susco (screenplay)
Takashi Shimizu (film "Ju-On: The Grudge")
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Release Date:
22 October 2004 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It never forgives. It never forgets. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Nail in the coffin for Japanese horror See more (908 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Karen

Jason Behr ... Doug

William Mapother ... Matthew

Clea DuVall ... Jennifer

KaDee Strickland ... Susan

Grace Zabriskie ... Emma

Bill Pullman ... Peter

Rosa Blasi ... Maria

Ted Raimi ... Alex

Ryo Ishibashi ... Nakagawa
Yôko Maki ... Yoko

Yuya Ozeki ... Toshio

Takako Fuji ... Kayako
Takashi Matsuyama ... Takeo
Hiroshi Matsunaga ... Igarashi
Hajime Okayama ... Suzuki
Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Guard
Kazuyuki Tsumura ... Peter's Co-Worker
Taigi Kobayashi ... Policeman
Junko Koizumi ... Mother
Nana Koizumi ... Daughter
Yôichi Okamura ... Restaurant Manager (as Yoichi Okamura)
Eiji Ôki ... Morgue Detective (as Eiji Oki)
Katsuhiro Oyama ... Morgue Doctor

Directed by
Takashi Shimizu 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen Susco (screenplay)

Takashi Shimizu (film "Ju-On: The Grudge")

Produced by
Doug Davison .... executive producer
Joseph Drake .... executive producer (as Joe Drake)
Satoshi Fukushima .... line producer
Aubrey Henderson .... co-producer
Takashige Ichise .... producer (as Taka Ichise)
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Michael Kirk .... co-producer
Roy Lee .... executive producer
Carsten H.W. Lorenz .... executive producer (as Carsten Lorenz)
Ray Quinlan .... line producer (as Raymond Quinlan)
Sam Raimi .... producer
Shintaro Shimosawa .... co-producer
Robert G. Tapert .... producer (as Rob Tapert)
 
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
 
Cinematography by
Hideo Yamamoto 
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Betancourt 
 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor  (as Nancy Nayor Battino)
Kelly Wagner 
 
Production Design by
Iwao Saitô 
 
Art Direction by
Kyôko Yauchi  (as Kyoko Yauchi)
 
Set Decoration by
Tatsuo Ozeki 
 
Costume Design by
Shawn Holly Cookson 
Miyuki Taniguchi 
 
Makeup Department
Dianne Ensor .... assistant makeup artist
Masaaki Fukuda .... assistant special effects makeup
Akiko Kawano .... assistant makeup artist
Veronica Lorenz .... makeup artist: Sarah Michelle Gellar, U.S. reshoots
Yûichi Matsui .... special makeup effects artist (as Yuichi Matsui)
Fumihiro Miyoshi .... assistant special effects makeup
Sachie Munemura .... makeup artist
Jane O'Kane .... makeup artist
Miyuki Yamaguchi .... assistant special effects makeup
Keiko Wedding .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Shannon Gaulding .... executive in charge of production
Ed Licht .... production supervisor
Katsuhiro Ogawa .... production manager
Jack Schuster .... post-production supervisor
Lorita Shepherd .... production controller
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Masanori Adachi .... first assistant director
Hiroshi Chôno .... first assistant director: additional photography
Chikara Higami .... second assistant director
Makoto Meguro .... third assistant director: additional photography
Toyohiro Miyata .... third assistant director
Jun Shiozaki .... third assistant director
Takeo Sugawara .... second assistant director: addditional photography
Amy Wilkins .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Satoshi Kanda .... assistant art director
Katsumi Kaneda .... set designer
Tomoko Kotakemori .... assistant art director
Koji Shinoda .... set dresser
Hanako Yanagi .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Hiroshi Abe .... assistant sound mixer: additional photography
Steven J. Berger .... assistant sound
Gloria D'Alessandro .... dialogue editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Michael J. Fox .... adr mixer (as Mike Fox)
Richard C. Franklin .... sound effects editor (as Rick Franklin)
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris M. Jacobson .... sound re-recording mixer: director's cut
Ryan Juggler .... adr editor
Kiyoshi Kakizawa .... sound mixer
Ai-Ling Lee .... sound effects editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer (as Darrin Mannas)
Showa Matsumoto .... assistant sound mixer
Takashi Nakazato .... assistant sound mixer
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... sound designer
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... supervising sound editor
Carin Rogers .... supervising adr editor
Carin Rogers .... supervising dialogue editor
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Yasumasa Terui .... assistant sound mixer
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Kazushiko Yokono .... sound mixer: additional photography
 
Special Effects by
Shûichi Kishiura .... special effects supervisor
Yoshitaka Makigi .... special effects assistant
Atsuko Murata .... special effects assistant
Keiichi Nishioka .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Akemi Abe .... main titles
Jonathan Block .... title animation
Francisco Chaigneau .... digital effects artist
Toyokazu Hashimoto .... 3D artist: Big X
Andrew Heimbold .... animator: Reality Check Studios
Steven Heimbold .... animator: Reality Check Studios
Nobuya Ishida .... 2D artist: Big X
Kory Jones .... visual effects supervisor: Reality Check Studios
Aaron Kaminar .... lead animator: Reality Check Studios
Danny Martinez .... visual effects producer: Reality Check Studios
Hajime Matsumoto .... digital visual effects supervisor: Big X
Josh Novak .... lead compositor: main title sequence
Shigenori Ohno .... 3D artist: Big X
Masaki Sasae .... 2D artist: Big X
Nobuaki Sugiki .... assistant digital visual effects supervisor: Big X
Yoshiko Takekuma .... 3D artist: Big X
Takeshi Yamaguchi .... compositor
One Danny Yoon .... digital compositor
Naoyasu Yutaka .... assistant digital visual effects supervisor: Big X
Tomoya Ôhata .... 2D artist: Big X (as Tomoya Ohhata)
 
Stunts
Jennifer M. Barr .... stand-in
Shunsuke Gondo .... stunt double
Kaori Ichijô .... stunt double
Hideo Saito .... stunt coordinator
Nobu Sakashita .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoichi Chiashi .... second assistant camera operator
Lukas Ettlin .... additional cinematographer
Shingo Gima .... assistant camera operator
Hiroshi Iimura .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician
Masao Kanazawa .... chief lighting technician
Noriyuki Mizuguchi .... director of photography: additional photography
Hidenori Nagata .... assistant chief lighting technician
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Yosuke Sekizawa .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician
Akihiro Shimura .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician
Shinji Suzuki .... first assistant camera operator
 
Casting Department
David Bernad .... casting assistant
Jennifer Rudolph .... casting: New York
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eric Earl Aycock .... assistant costume designer (as Eric Aycock)
 
Editorial Department
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Yoshie Ishiguro .... first assistant editor
Mato .... color timer
Kevin Soares .... second assistant editor
Anthony Motta .... telecine assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Max Blomgren .... synthesizer programmer
Robert Fernandez .... recording engineer
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Simon James .... music contractor
Tiff Jimber .... vocalist
Tiff Jimber .... voice
Sean McMahon .... orchestrator
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Sujin Nam .... orchestrator
Sujin Nam .... score coordinator
Jonathan Price .... synthesizer programmer
Robert Puff .... music preparation
David G. Russell .... synthesizer programmer (as David Russell)
Aldo Shllaku .... assistant to composer
Martin St. Pierre .... orchestrator
Martin St. Pierre .... score coordinator (as Martin St.Pierre)
Brian Valentino .... assistant recording engineer
Gordon Wimpress .... score coordinator
Selena Arizanovic .... music assistant (uncredited)
Scott Glasgow .... score coordinator (uncredited)
Sean McMahon .... score coordinator (uncredited)
Flavio Motalla .... score producer (uncredited)
Melissa Orquiza .... music preparation (uncredited)
Michael Pelavin .... score coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Akemi Abe .... end titles
Tobin Adams .... production coordinator
Chiho Asada .... translator
Jennifer M. Barr .... stand-in: Sara Michelle Geller
Sue Binder .... assistant: Mr. Tapert
Max Blomgren .... synthesizer programmer
Jennifer Y. Craig .... production assistant (as Jennifer Craig)
Miyuki Dawson .... assistant: Mr. Shimizu
Kayoko K. Dietsche .... translator: additional photography
Tom Fish .... body double: Jason Behr
Jessica Franks .... production assistant: re-shoots
Rintaro Hamasaki .... location manager
Reiko Kato .... translator
Takayuki Kawatsu .... production assistant
Takahiro Komaki .... set construction coordinator
Joey Cruz Manalang .... production assistant (as Jose Joey Cruz Manalang)
Masako Matsumura .... production assistant
Rob McEntegart .... executive vice president, business affairs: Mandate Pictures
Matthew Milam .... assistant: Mr. Kahane
Tomoko Miyachi .... production coordinator
Harue Miyake .... assistant: Mr. Fukushima
Yuri Morikawa .... assistant production accountant
Maureen Mottram .... production accountant
Sean Muramatsu .... dialogue coach
Atsushi Naito .... legal service
Kazumi Nakamura .... adr voice
Natsuko Nezu .... production accountant
David Pollison .... office assistant: Renaissance Pictures
Jonathan Price .... synthesizer programmer
Patricia Rivera .... assistant: Mr. Drake
Miyuki Sakaitani .... production coordinator: Japan
Akiko Shima .... adr voice
Kazuko Shingyoku .... production coordinator: Japan
Kazuko Shingyoku .... script supervisor: additional photography
Hiroko Stanhope .... assistant: Taka Ichise
Cid Swank .... unit publicist
Hiroki Taniguchi .... production assistant
Kathleen Thomas .... script supervisor
Dina Valenzuela .... production accountant
Yusuke Wakabayashi .... location manager
Irene Yeung .... assistant: Mr. Lee and Mr. Davison
J.R. Young .... assistant: Mr. Raimi
 
Thanks
Brendan Garst .... special thanks
Nathan L. Smith .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality
Runtime:
92 min | 98 min (Unrated Extended Director's Cut) | 94 min (Extended Director's Cut)
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15PG (original rating) | Ireland:15 (video rating) | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:18SG | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Philippines:R-13 | Poland:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 | USA:Unrated (DVD rating) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #40750)
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Trivia:
According to the DVD Commentaries and Featurettes, the house in The Grudge (2004) was built completely on a sound stage. It was based almost entirely on the house in Ju-on: The Grudge (2002). It was built like a normal house, the 'house set' had two floors so that cuts did not have to be made when a character was walking upstairs. However, the attic was built separately from the house to allow for more room when filming.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The amount of liquid spilled from the ramen cup varies between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Maria:Good morning. Peter? Are you OK? You're up early today.
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43 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Nail in the coffin for Japanese horror, 5 February 2006
Author: udar55 from Williamsburg, VA

I hate to throw out lines like this, but in this case I feel like I have to: the American remake of THE GRUDGE is by far the worst film I have seen in theaters in the last 5 years. There, I said it. And now that I have gotten that out of my system, please let me explain why.

"When someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse is born. The curse gathers in that place of death. Those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury." That is the premise of THE GRUDGE and I will admit it sounds intriguing. Unfortunately, the filmmakers take it no further. Those who encounter the "curse" are indeed consumed by its fury and that is all you get. You want more? Well too bad. Some critics and fans are pointing out that the sole purpose of THE GRUDGE is to scare you. The problem is that when there is no plot to speak of, creepy images and sounds can only go so far. Director Takashi Shimizu, pulling a George Sluizer and remaking his own original film(s), valiantly attempts to build atmosphere in the first hour – by repeating the same scene over and over and over and over. It pretty much unfolds like this:

-person walks into house

-something flashes by the camera and/or a strange sound is heard

-person goes to investigate

-sound starts to get loud

-person sees a ghost

-loud scream and/or cat screech

-cut to black

Before the audience is even given a hint of plot, this exact same scenario unfolds 5 times in the first hour. The first time was actually somewhat creepy. Each subsequent use became laughable as the film went on. By the time the end of the film rolled around, my friend and I were laughingly wondering if this scene would end "with a loud scream and a cut to black." We were never proved wrong.

The film has no liner storyline, instead unfolding in a series of vignettes that leave the audience jumbled. I have no problem with non-linear storytelling when it is done right. The film jumps from time period to time period with no rhyme or reason. I haven't seen a movie in such a state since the opening of the theatrical version of HIGHLANDER 2. And this storytelling technique mars any sort of mystery that film could have possibly had. If you already know the ghosts have scared two characters to death, how is it shocking when their bodies are found in the attic? And why should we care when a detective tries to investigate the mysterious disappearances when we already know what happened to everyone?

Obviously greenlit the second the American version of THE RING made $15 million its first weekend, THE GRUDGE is nothing but calculated imitation disguised as an actual movie. The scariest things about THE GRUDGE are that it made $40 million dollars its first weekend and some people consider it the "scariest movie ever made." I wonder what happens to those who get consumed by the fury of paying to see THE GRUDGE?

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