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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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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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Trivia

Takashi Shimizu grew confident enough to make this feature length film after the surprising popularity of his two experimental short films Katasumi (1998) and 4444444444 (1998). This film expands on those stories. See more »

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Referenced in Ju-on: Black Ghost (2009) See more »

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Super Dread
22 July 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

With the release of the first theatrical film in the US hours away I decided to go back and start at the beginning of what spawned four films in Japan and a soon to be released American version.

This is less a haunted house story than a ghost story with something extra. The less you know the better, but perhaps saying that this is about an evil that flows outward from a terrible crime. Its told out of order, which in its way is tricky thing to do since here it requires that you give yourself over to it and stay with it on the journey its making. As I watched the early parts of the film I was uncertain about what I was seeing. It was good but I was almost ready to give up, except there was something gnawing at me to stay the course. I'm glad I did.

This is a film of slowly building dread and unease more than jump out of your seat scares. You leave the film not feeling right with the tension all up and down your back. I didn't want people to go upstairs, into rooms, or follow the trail of blood because I knew what was there, and it was horrible... ...well horrible in idea. The trouble is that because this was shot on the cheap some of the effects aren't that good. I'd like to describe them but I'll let you find out. Thankfully they don't ruin what is a truly creepy movie.

Frankly I'm terrified to see what the other movies bring.

9 out of 10.


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