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Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

Ju-on (original title)
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A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

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Takashi Shimizu

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Takashi Shimizu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Megumi Okina ... Rika Nishina
Misaki Itô ... Hitomi Tokunaga
Misa Uehara ... Izumi Tôyama
Yui Ichikawa Yui Ichikawa ... Chiharu
Kanji Tsuda Kanji Tsuda ... Katsuya Tokunaga
Kayoko Shibata Kayoko Shibata ... Mariko
Yukako Kukuri Yukako Kukuri ... Miyuki
Shuri Matsuda Shuri Matsuda ... Kazumi Tokunaga
Yôji Tanaka Yôji Tanaka ... Yûji Tôyama
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... Keibiin
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki ... Fukushi Sentâ Jimuin
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Takeo Saeki
Yuya Ozeki Yuya Ozeki ... Toshio
Takako Fuji ... Kayako
Chikara Ishikura Chikara Ishikura ... Hirohashi
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

When a grudge from the dead passes to the living - Who is safe?

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 January 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Ju-on See more »

Filming Locations:

Nerima, Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,032, 30 July 2004

Gross USA:

$325,661
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Hirohashi: Thanks for the effort.
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Connections

Referenced in Degrassi: Minis: 24 Hours on the Couch (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Kagi ga akanai
Music by Hiroyuki Hamamoto
Lyrics by Kei Noguchi
Performed by Suitei Shôjo
Courtesy of Epic Records Japan
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a different style of haunting
8 November 2005 | by nobbytatoesSee all my reviews

Rika is a care worker for the social services. Its her first assignment by herself. Her duties is to look after an involute woman who doesn't speak. Even before Rika enters the house she doesn't feel right. The house is a mess, the rest of the family is missing with the woman left alone. Soon Rika finds a boy locked in a room; Toshio. But there is a more malevolent force in this house, that is consuming all how come into contact.

Ju-On is an interesting twist on the haunted house genre. With the multi-linear story line, we see how the people who have come into contact with the force surrounding this house have meet their fate. The atmosphere is eerie and foreboding, but its over all not scary. There are moments that your skin crawls; but it doesn't keep it at a constant pace. The multiple story lines does become redundant after awhile. They should have focused more upon only a few people and flesh out their story, instead of adding story line upon story line. They don't even add much information to the overall story.

I think the problem i had with this is that i got stuck in the cultural translation. At times the mythology went over my head, not understanding a lot of the significance that the story holds. Janpanese ghost stories are so different from western styles, so it takes awhile to understand the difference between the two. Janpanese ghost stories are more about the mood, while the American ghost stories are more about the scare.

Though it went flat during the middle, its still an interesting watch and help change your view on ghost stories.


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