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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:
Great movie with the proper understanding of the culture See more (910 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
Tomoko Asai .... set dresser
Yuko Ito .... set dresser
Satoshi Kanda .... assistant art director
Katsumi Kaneda .... set designer
Naoko Kojyo .... assistant art director: additional photography
Tomoko Kotakemori .... assistant art director
Sachiko Miyagawa .... set dresser
Emiko Sakai .... wardrobe: additional photography
Koji Shinoda .... set dresser
Kazuya Watahiki .... stand-by carpenter
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
Yoshiko Yasuoka .... visual effects coordinator: digital i/o negative coordinator - Big X
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
Akiko Ishii .... stand-in
Hideo Saito .... stunt coordinator
Julia Smetankina .... stand-in
Albert Smith .... stand-in
Valentina Solodovnyk .... stand-in
Nobu Sakashita .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Toshitaka Akaike .... second assistant camera operator: additional photography
Daisuke Akazawa .... best boy grip
Yoichi Chiashi .... second assistant camera operator
Mamoru Ebisawa .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician
Lukas Ettlin .... additional cinematographer
Shingo Gima .... assistant camera operator
Hiroshi Iimura .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician
Kiyoshi Itô .... first assistant camera operator: additional photography
Masao Kanazawa .... chief lighting technician
Yukari Kawano .... assistant camera operator
Noriyuki Mizuguchi .... director of photography: additional photography
Hayato Muraoka .... assistant camera operator
Hidenori Nagata .... assistant chief lighting technician
Atsushi Ogasawara .... rigging chief lighting technician
Yoishiro Ohashi .... assistant chief lighting technician
Kazuhiro Okamoto .... assistant camera operator: additional photography
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Kenichi Sekine .... rigging chief lighting technician: additional photography
Yosuke Sekizawa .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician
Akihiro Shimura .... assistant rigging chief lighting technician
Shinji Suzuki .... first assistant camera operator
Kenji Takeuchi .... still photographer
Tadashi Yokoyama .... key grip
Shota Yoshokawa .... assistant camera operator: additional photography
 
Casting Department
David Bernad .... casting assistant
Jennifer Rudolph .... casting: New York
Masashi Yamaguchi .... casting: japan
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eric Earl Aycock .... assistant costume designer (as Eric Aycock)
Satoko Matsuyama .... wardrobe
Yumiko Nakamura .... wardrobe
Asami Okuse .... wardrobe
 
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 .... mixing engineer
Robert Fernandez .... recording engineer
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
Miho Hohjoh .... translator: additional photography
Jun Igarashi .... set construction coordinator
Yuji Ito .... production assistant: additional photography
Eri Kada .... production assistant: additional photography
Sayuri Kanamore .... translator: additional photography
Reiko Kato .... translator
Takayuki Kawatsu .... production assistant
Takahiro Komaki .... set construction coordinator
Joey Cruz Manalang .... production assistant (as Jose Joey Cruz Manalang)
Nana Maniwa .... production assistant
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
Takuya Okada .... production assistant
David Pollison .... office assistant: Renaissance Pictures
Jonathan Price .... synthesizer programmer
Patricia Rivera .... assistant: Mr. Drake
Miyuki Sakaitani .... production coordinator: Japan
Takeshi Sato .... production assistant: additional photography
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
Izumi Evers .... thanks
Izumi Evers .... the producers wish to thank
Brendan Garst .... the producers wish to thank
Alvin Lu .... thanks
Alvin Lu .... the producers wish to thank
Patrick Macias .... thanks
Patrick Macias .... the producers wish to thank
Nathan L. Smith .... special thanks (uncredited)
 

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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The spooky popping sounds that accompany the appearance of the female ghost were made with a hair comb.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in To Begin to Live (2009)See more »

FAQ

Where can I find more information on the movie?
What is that eerie noise that Kayako makes?
What exactly is the grudge?
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199 out of 292 people found the following review useful.
Great movie with the proper understanding of the culture, 20 November 2004
Author: togasaurus from Oakland

There are a lot of comments floating about complaining about a lack of plot or reason behind characters actions. Jabs at it being a copy of The Ring or just another ghost story. Let me try and help out a bit. Hopefully more people will go and see the movie for what it is and not look for Western film theories in an Asian movie.

The plot is very simple, part of the appeal of the series is how effective such a simple story can be. Watch the movie and pay attention. I'm not really sure what people are complaining about. It all seemed very simple to me. Terrible events cause spirits to haunt a house and all those associated with it. Why are they haunting about? Their lives were ended prematurely and under terrible circumstances! What more do you want. I'm a ghost, why do I go and kill jane who came into my house, cause I'm p*ssed about how I died and I'm going to take out on somebody. Simple. Gripe gripe gripe, nothing is being said. Here is what I loved about the movie, ignore everything else I've said and just look for what I saw.

In horror fan is going to love the use of music and sound effects in the movie. Take note of the lack of dialogue in the movie, yet how much emotion is conveyed. I'm sorry it wasn't our beautiful American actors carrying the film. It was brilliant music, sound effects and editing. Welcome to Japanese film. Less is more...blah blah blah.

Key things to look for in Japanese horror, spirits (not ghosts very different then what we think of as a ghost), indicators of the spirit (eyes and hair not chain rattling or moving furniture). The eyes in this movie were not an indication of who was going to be killed, it is not the ring. Eyes are the portals into the spirit. The significance of her eyes flashing into view isn't to tell you who is going to die but to convey the state of the spirits in the film. The hair is a classic Japanese horror technique. Nothing really behind except its creepy and it continues a tradition in a culture that respects tradition.

On to spirits. Not ghosts. We have spirits for everything, good and bad. My dad will tell you that there is a spirit in his coffee mug, a different one then the one in his coffee maker. We all get along provided we pay the proper respect to them by letting them do their thing. Example: My dad makes his coffee and drinks it from his mug respecting the role the spirits had. Don't ask me why but thats what we do. It isn't magic or hokey pokey. We don't pray to any of them save very important ones, say ones that protect your home, they just exist. In the Grudge the significant relationship is the fact that these tortured spirits don't haunt a location as much as they haunt all associated with the place and time of their greatest pain. They aren't ghost of the killed family. They are spirits whose purpose is to cause the pain they have suffered. Back to the coffee. Mug spirit likes to serve coffee and be cleaned and treated well, its his job kind of. Emotional trauma spirit from the movie likes to cause emotional trauma. Get it. They aren't haunting in the western sense of seeking revenge they are spirits created from a traumatic event and are fulfilling their job of continuing what they know best. The prompts at the beginning of the movie explain this. They do a horrible job and say something about being infected with rage but it all is the same.

So why was this movie scary. Beyond the classic use of music and lighting, or the quick edit cut shots and nasty faces of the spirits. Its scary because for a culture that has spirits watching over every little thing you could think of, having a few spirits who's purpose is to cause pain is pretty serious.

Watch the movie with that in mind. That spirits that you believe you function alongside daily can also turn it all around and f things up for you. Oh yeah, you get killed by a spirit created from a terrible even and guess what, you've now become a spirit haunted by pain as well. Get into the music and sound effects, it is great fun.

The skipping about in the timeline is done very well as well.

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