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Ju-on (2000)

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.

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Takashi Shimizu

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Takashi Shimizu
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Following the events of Ju-on: The Beginning of the End, Mai, the older sister of elementary schoolteacher Yui Shono, goes to look for her sister, who disappeared after a year while working... See full summary »

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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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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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Horror | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ju-on See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Toei Video Company See more »
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Dolby

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The strange vocal sounds were performed by director Takashi Shimizu. See more »

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Spun-off from Gakkô no kaidan G (1998) See more »

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The first of the series is still the most effective
17 September 2003 | by mw_directorSee all my reviews

Although the first two movies of the Ju-on series were super low-budget direct-to-video affairs, I find this first one holds its own next to -- and is in many ways still creepier than -- the 2002 theatrical box office smash.

This movie establishes the curse that stems from the murder of a young woman, Kayako, and her son, Toshio, by Kayako's jealous husband. The movie jumps around in time, playing scenes out of sequence in a way that is more interesting dramatically than if it had all been drawn out chronologically.

Takashi Shimizu relies upon generating an eerie mood, a nonstop aura of unease that permeates each scene, to creep audiences out, rather than by throwing gore and special effects at you in the way American horror films usually do. (In fact, the one CGI effects shot in this movie is its cheesiest; they just haven't got the budget to pull it off.) By the time we finally see Kayako crawling down the stairs, we've been put so ill at ease by one inexplicable, disturbing event after another that the first sight of her is bloodcurdling.

In all, Ju-on is a swell example of how to generate chills with next to no money but boundless imagination and talent.

8/10


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