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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Grudge 2 can be found here.

The Grudge series is based on Japanese writer and director Takashi Shimizu's Ju-on series. The Ju-on series includes six movies: Ju-on (aka Ju-on: The Curse) (2000) and Ju-on 2 (aka Ju-on: The Curse 2) (2000), the first one went straight to video, second one had cinematic release in Japan. Ju-on (2003) was made for Japanese cinematic release and followed by Ju-on 2 (2003). Two more feature films were released in 2009: Ju-on: Kuroi shôjo (Ju-on: Black Ghost) and Ju-on: Shiroi rôjo (Ju-on: White Ghost). In 2014, the seventh Ju-on film, Ju-on: Owari no hajimari, was released. The Grudge 2 is the second movie in "The Grudge" franchise, which includes the prequel The Grudge (2004) and a straight-to-DVD sequel, The Grudge 3 (2009). The Grudge 2 was scripted by Stephen Susco.

No. According to Takashi Shimizu, the film follows a different storyline; however, it does borrow one plot element (the schoolgirl subplot) from the original Ju-on: The Grudge.

No. However, the short films do reveal more about the curse and how it spreads. The shorts were just merely designed to be part of a digital marketing strategy. Source.

It is explained at the beginning of the movie that, when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage, a curse (the grudge) is born. The grudge gathers in that place of death, and those who encounter it will be consumed by its fury. In other words, the curse is an "imprint" of psychic energy that is left behind when a person dies traumatically. The imprint is not only about rage and hatred but about everything that occurred to the victim(s). The curse manifests itself as the ghosts of its victims and supernaturally re-enacts the events that left the imprint in the first place.

Anyone who enters the house where the grudge dwells becomes infected with it. It's like the murders left an atmosphere in the house and, if anyone passes through it, sooner or later it's going to catch up with them.

Yes. The Grudge 2 is a continuation of The Grudge. Consequently, the first movie explains in more detail the events that happened prior to the second movie. Some of the details are touched upon in The Grudge 2 as flashbacks or in conversation-e.g., the Saeki murders, the Williams murders, and how Karen Davis (Sarah Michelle Gellar) wound up in the hospital-but for a good foundation of the storyline and how the grudge came to be, it is best to have seen the first movie. It is not necessary, however, to have seen the Ju-on series.

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In The Grudge, Kayako Saeki (Takako Fuji) was a young Japanese woman who developed an obsession with American professor Peter Kirk (Bill Pullman), who was working in Japan. She chronicled her obsession in her diary, which was found by her husband Takeo (Takashi Matsuyama). Takeo then broke his wife's neck and drowned their son Toshio (Yuya Ozeki) in the bathtub, then murdered their cat. He wrapped his wife in plastic and placed her body in the attic. He then placed Toshio's body in an upstairs closet, before being hanged by Kayako's spirit. Kayako's demonic spirit haunted the house, using Toshio and their cat to terrorize and ultimately destroy anyone who came into contact with them, except for a young American social worker named Karen Davis.

The Aubrey/Karen plot is set a few days after the first film ends (still in 2004). The "schoolgirl" subplot is set two years later as evidenced when Vanessa (Teresa Palmer) tells Allison (Arielle Kebbel), "This is where the girl from the International College (referring to Karen Davis) killed her boyfriend two years ago." The Chicago subplot is set three weeks after the schoolgirl subplot.

Karen gets about 10 minutes of screen time.

To recap Karen's fate at the end of The Grudge: she tried to burn down the cursed house in order to stop the grudge from spreading to more people. Unfortunately, the house was saved, and Karen was sent to the hospital. Karen's storyline opens in The Grudge 2 with her still in the hospital awaiting arson charges against the Saeki household. Karen's mother sends her sister Aubrey to Tokyo in order to bring Karen back to America. Karen continues to be stalked by Kayako, who pushes her off the hospital roof right in front of Aubrey and Eason (Edison Chen).

The movie opens with a scene in which Bill Kimble (Christopher Cousins) is complaining to his wife Trish (Jennifer Beals) about the bacon she has cooked for his breakfast. Trish suddenly pours hot bacon grease over his head and then whacks him with the skillet, killing him. The storyline then reverts to weeks earlier and explains how Trish and Bill got to this point. It is revealed at the end of the film that Allison carried the grudge with her to the apartment building in Chicago when she came back from Tokyo to live with the Kimbles' neighbors, the Flemings.

In the "Ju-on" films, the curse freely spreads from a person who got cursed to other people or places, similarly to a disease. In this film, however, it is implied that Karen's fire worsened the curse (even though Kayako's mother denies this and tells Aubrey that "it's not the house. It's a Rage"), this being the reason it reached the Chicago building. Eason explains to Aubrey early in the Karen/Aubrey thread that Karen tried to end the curse by burning the Saeki house down, but she only succeeded in changing something and making it worse. Some viewers have compared it to a scene in the first movie where Karen mentions how the rising incense of the Buddhists reaches the departed spirits and relieves the troubled spirits of the living. Later in the thread, it is revealed by Kayako's mother that Karen's actions destroyed the spiritual bonds which held the curse in place, resulting in Kayako being able to gather victims who haven't previously been inside the house.

Aubrey's story: Aubrey takes the train to the village where Kayako's mother (Kim Miyori) still lives. When Aubrey accuses Mom of poisoning Kayako by making her eat the spirits she exorcised from sick people, Mom explains that Kayako created the curse herself when she was killed by her husband. Kayako wants everyone to suffer as she did, Mom says. It is a rage that will grow and cannot be stopped. Suddenly, Mom sinks to the floor, realizing that Aubrey has brought Kayako with her. Kayako kills her mother. Aubrey phones her own mother to tell her that Karen is dead. Mom berates her, as usual, and Aubrey tells her that she won't allow her to talk like that anymore, and hangs up. She then returns to the Saeki house, goes inside, and starts hollering at Kayako for killing everyone. She has a vision of Karen going upstairs in search of Doug and follows her. The vision of Karen turns into one of Takeo Saeki reading Kayako's journal. Takeo turns on Aubrey and attacks her as she tries to crawl down the stairs, breaking her neck exactly as he broke Kayako's neck, with Toshio watching from the landing. As Aubrey's death rattles can be heard, we see her face turning into that of Kayako's face.

The Chicago subplot: The opening scene in the film (where Trish kills Bill with the frying pan) is repeated. When the Kimble children, Lacey (Sarah Roemer) and Jake (Matthew Knight), come home from school, they find that the lights don't work. Filled with apprehension because he knows that something bad is happening in the apartment building, Jake gets a flashlight and goes looking for his dad and Trish. When he comes upon Bill lying dead on the floor, he panics and goes in search of Lacey. He finds Lacey with her head submerged in the bathtub and Trish sitting in the water. "It's time for your bath," Trish says to Jake as two small hands rise up and pull her back under the water. Jake runs out into the corridor where he hears crying. It is the sweatshirt-wearing person from the Fleming apartment. As she turns to look at Jake, we can see that it is Allison. "They followed me here," she sobs. Hands suddenly rise out of the sweatshirt and pull Allison into it, leaving only the sweatshirt lying on the floor. As Jake picks up the sweatshirt, a hand reaches out from the sleeve and grabs his arm. A head begins to emerge, and we can see that it is Kayako.

Eason is a newspaper reporter who has been following the Saeki murders for the past three years. He is the one who pulled Karen from the house after she tried to burn it down in The Grudge. Ever since Eason went inside the house to save Karen, he, too, has been plagued by the same visions and apprehensions that Karen was experiencing.

She didn't mean to go inside. Karen warned her not to go into the house, and Eason made her wait outside when he went back into the house. However, while Aubrey stood there waiting, a hand reached out and pulled her inside.

Like all of Kayako's victims, Aubrey became part of the grudge. Throughout the film it is hinted that Karen was their mother's favorite daughter and that Aubrey held a grudge against her mother for it. Some viewers have concluded that Aubrey took Kayako's place in haunting the Saeki house and that it was Aubrey whom Vanessa, Miyuki, and Allison encountered when they entered the house. Other viewers argue that, because of the fire, the grudge and all of its ghosts are free to wander, including Aubrey and Kayako. They are no longer bound to the Saeki house. Since Kayako is listed as a character in The Grudge 3, she probably has not been replaced by Aubrey.

Jake does live. He returns briefly in The Grudge 3.

As in The Grudge, the storyline of The Grudge 2 can be confusing because it is told through a non-linear sequence of events. When watching the film, be aware that there are three stories being told. The story continuing from the first movie revolves around Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn) and the events that her sister Karen experienced and then unleashed when she tried to burn down the Saeki house in 2004. The "schoolgirls" subplot takes place two years later when three girls -- Miyuki (Misako Uno), Allison, and Vanessa -- enter the house and Allison gets trapped in the closet. Allison then travels back to the U.S., taking the grudge with her. The grudge begins to attack families in Chicago. Follow the subplots this way, while realizing that they aren't told in a timely order, and the movie will make more sense.

The Unrated Director's Cut of the movie features an extended storyline and some more violent scenes that presumably had to be cut for the PG-13 rating of the theatrical version. Altogether the Unrated Director's Cut runs more than 5 minutes longer than the theatrical version. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

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