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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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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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Official Sites:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$325,661, 5 December 2004
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Dolby Digital | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is the third installment of the Ju-on series. The film was preceded by two low budget films from 2000 (Ju-on (2000) and Ju-on 2 (2000)), whose storylines are continued in this sequel. See more »

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(at around 1h 14 mins) When Rika's in the shower, she has a lot of shampoo in her hair. Yet right before Kayako's hand appears, the shampoo vanishes. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Hirohashi: Thanks for the effort.
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Remade as Grudge (2019) 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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Occasionally awkward, but very good overall
6 February 2005 | by BrandtSponsellerSee all my reviews

Rika Nishina (Megumi Okina) works for a social services agency in Tokyo, although she's never seen any clients. When a new case comes in and they're short on staff, her boss has to send her out. Her first case is a doozy. When she enters the client's home, no one seems to be there, and the house is a mess. She hears scraping on a door--the old woman she is to care for is there, but in a semi-catatonic state. Soon after, she learns that there is much more wrong than bad housekeeping and a neglected old woman. There just may be threatening supernatural forces behind the scenes.

This film is really the third in the Japanese Ju-On series. I won't usually watch a series out of order, but this is the only Ju-On film officially and thus easily available in the U.S. I was very anxious to watch the American remake, The Grudge (2004), and actually watched it the day before watching this film.

The first 40-something minutes are closest to the American remake, but it was surprising that this film is much more linear. It's also more episodic. Neither of those facts are negative here, and both lend to a somewhat easier understanding of the broader mythology behind the Ju-On "monsters", which is presented much more clearly in this film. However, the episodic nature also means that the viewer has to pay attention to the various characters and their names, or there is a good chance that one will get lost--this story touches on many different people, in many different scenarios. Occasionally, there are characters brought into each other's episodes, sometimes as subtly as a name mentioned in a news report. These cross-references, which can also slightly break the linear timeline, are effective if one is alert.

There are things that writer/director Takashi Shimizu does better in this version, and things he does better in the American version. In this version, I loved the brutal opening sequence. Although it's somewhat present towards the end of the American version, it is much more effective here. I enjoyed the more traditional Japanese home--this film was shot on location in an actual house, whereas the American remake was shot on a house constructed on a soundstage. The Japanese house is more claustrophobic. On the other hand, the soundstage house was a bit grungier, which works nicely in the context of the remake. I liked this film's transition in the famous "stair crawling" scene (although I thought the flashbacks weren't necessary), and I also loved some of the more dissonant music here.

The biggest differences occur after the first forty minutes, when Shimizu expands the number of monsters. The film seems to threaten a Romero-like plague that I'd like to see explored more in other Ju-On films (if that hasn't been done already).

The bottom line though is that this is a nicely atmospheric horror film, with a creepy scene per minute. There were a couple very minor flaws--occasionally awkward performances or editing being the primary one, but overall this is highly recommended. It earned a 9 out of 10 from me.


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