Three interwoven stories about a terrible curse. A young woman encounters a malevolent supernatural force while searching for her missing sister in Tokyo; a mean high school prank goes horribly wrong; a woman with a deadly secret moves into a Chicago apartment building.
In Japan, when the volunteer social assistant Rika Nishina is assigned to visit a family, she is cursed and chased by two revengeful fiends: Kayako, a woman brutally murdered by her husband and her son Toshio. Each person that lives in or visits the haunted house is murdered or disappears.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Kayako and Toshio are based on the Japanese legend of the Onryo, a vengeful spirit that unlike western ghosts, can physically manifest to attack and kill victims whereas our ghosts are just energy and can't physically appear. They manifest when they are killed in a state of deep rage as explained by the opening title card. See more »
(at around 1h 18 mins) When Rika wakes up in bed to a room full of yowling black cats, several of the cats are obviously statues. Some of them are even clearly replicas of the same statue. See more »
Unlike many of the "reviews" below, I'm not going to take cheap shots at those who might not like Ju-On.
I will say, however, that any fan of supernatural horror owes it to themselves to decide on this one for themselves.
I wholeheartedly agree with those who found this film almost uncomfortable to watch. If you are one of those whom this film really gets to, it is an experience as powerful as Ringu, Dark Water or the Exorcist. Scary, scary, stuff.
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