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Ju-on: The Curse (2000)

Ju-on (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | Video 11 February 2000
A teacher visits the house of one of his students after the boy goes missing, only to have a horrifying excuse for his absence from school.

Director:

Takashi Shimizu

Writer:

Takashi Shimizu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûrei Yanagi Yûrei Yanagi ... Shunsuke Kobayashi (segment "Toshio")
Yue Yue ... Manami Kobayashi (segment "Toshio")
Ryôta Koyama Ryôta Koyama ... Toshio Saeki (segment "Toshio")
Hitomi Miwa Hitomi Miwa ... Yuki (segment "Yuki")
Asumi Miwa Asumi Miwa ... Kanna Murakami (segment "Yuki")
Yumi Yoshiyuki Yumi Yoshiyuki ... Noriko Murakami (segment "Yuki")
Kazushi Andô Kazushi Andô ... Tsuyoshi Murakami (segment "Yuki")
Chiaki Kuriyama ... Mizuho Tamura (segment "Mizuho")
Yoriko Dôguchi ... Nakamura (segment "Mizuho")
Jun'ichi Kiuchi Jun'ichi Kiuchi ... Tezuka (segment "Mizuho")
Denden ... Yoshikawa (segment "Kanna")
Tarô Suwa ... Kamio (segment "Kanna")
Reita Serizawa Reita Serizawa ... Iizuka (segment "Kanna")
Shirô Namiki Shirô Namiki ... Kansatsui (segment "Kanna")
Takako Fuji ... Kayako Saeki (segment "Kayako")
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Storyline

Jealous of his wives love for another man, a teacher from her high school, a man brutally kills his wife and young son. Searching for the son who has missed a lot of school, the teacher enters their house, only to find the dead ghost of his mother, and consequently has a heart attack and becomes a ghost himself. The story goes on to tell of the new tenants of the house and what they experience, and an investigation by two police officers into why so many people are disappearing. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

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Trivia

Kayako and Toshio are based on the Japanese legend of the Onryo, a vengeful spirit that can physically manifest to attack and kill victims. They materialize with physical appearance and mobility when they are killed in a state of deep rage, leaving behind a curse. See more »

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Referenced in Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009) See more »

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Wonderful fear that will remain with you
5 January 2005 | by andrushcourtSee all my reviews

I saw the US version in the theatre and wasn't very impressed. I guess it could have been the fact that I was in a ghetto theatre in the inner city with people yelling the obvious or the strange smell emanating from beneath the seats that reclined way to far past horizontal.

So, upon returning home, I watched the Japanese version. Since the US version took liberties to change the plot somewhat and over-explain every single detail of the movie, I was doubtful. True to form, the Japanese version was exquisite. The atmosphere created closely resembles the creepy feeling you get in a cursed house in Japan. The sounds and special effect sounds were some of the best. US horror films should emulate the lack of sound in spots to create tension as this film does.

Personally, this film caused me to glance over my shoulder every now and again expecting to see a little painted white Asian boy or a black cat lurking in the dark. This film is a must see for horror buffs and those that enjoy a good scare. The film starts with a horrific scene while the US version just has you confused from the very beginning. Great Movie.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ju-on: The Curse See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Toei Video Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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