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The Grudge -- An ancient supernatural spirit wreaks murderous vengeance on anyone coming within its powerful gripof rage in this terrifying tale of horror.
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Writers (WGA):
Stephen Susco (screenplay)
Takashi Shimizu (film "Ju-On: The Grudge")
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Release Date:
22 October 2004 (USA) See more »
It never forgives. It never forgets. See more »
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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If you've seen the Japanese originals, you've already seen this film. See more (911 total) »


  (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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Satoshi Ninomiya
Shinji Nomura

Directed by
Takashi Shimizu 
Writing credits
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
Rob Tapert .... producer
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
Katherine Palmer-Collins .... first 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 .... 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 .... re-recording mixer
Kazushiko Yokono .... sound mixer: additional photography
Sreejesh .... version re-recording mixer (uncredited)
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)
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)
Location Management
Rintaro Hamasaki .... location manager
Yusuke Wakabayashi .... location manager
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
Darian Pollard .... music supervisor
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
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
Irene Yeung .... assistant: Mr. Lee and Mr. Davison
J.R. Young .... assistant: Mr. Raimi
Eric Leblanc .... Translator French Subtitles DVD Extras (uncredited)
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

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality
91 min | 98 min (Unrated Extended Director's Cut) | 98 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Chile:18 (DVD rating) | 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?

Due to American violence ratings and the commitment to a PG-13 rating, the offscreen implication that Takeo repeatedly stabbed Kayako with a box cutter was omitted from the film (it was present in the original film). This is why she is covered in blood in the iconic staircase sequence.See more »
Continuity: The message Susan leaves on the answering machine is a little bit different when Karen first hears it than when the detectives hear it again later in the movie, and when we actually see Susan leaving it.See more »
[first lines]
Maria:Good morning. Peter? Are you OK? You're up early today.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006)See more »


What was the significance of the rabbit's foot in Susan's bed?
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Is "The Grudge" based on a book?
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69 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
If you've seen the Japanese originals, you've already seen this film., 31 October 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

This review is really a word of warning, if you've seen any of the earlier Japanese versions of this story you've seen this movie before. If you've seen all four of the earlier films, you've really seen everything (except the frightening opening with Bill Pullman) and you'd best wait for home video.

I understand that the film makers wanted to make sure that this film worked and made them money, so they repeated what worked, even casting the same Japanese actors for the kid and other roles; but it would have been nice if they had done more that was new beyond the opening sequence.

This isn't to say that the film is bad, its not, rather, its just that unless you're walking in to the film fresh odds are you're going to be like me and know what each five or ten minutes is going to bring because of the set up of the sequence.

For me it was a 6 out of 10, for fresh eyes probably higher.

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