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Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)

Ju-on 2 (original title)
As their curse spreads on all around, the ghosts find their chance to live once again through the pregnancy of a cursed woman.

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Takashi Shimizu

Writer:

Takashi Shimizu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noriko Sakai Noriko Sakai ... Kyoko Harase
Chiharu Niiyama Chiharu Niiyama ... Tomoka Miura
Kei Horie Kei Horie ... Noritaka Yamashita
Yui Ichikawa Yui Ichikawa ... Chiharu
Ayumu Saitô Ayumu Saitô ... Masashi Ishikura
Emi Yamamoto Emi Yamamoto ... Megumi Ôbayashi
Erika Kuroishi Erika Kuroishi ... Hiromi
Kaoru Mizuki Kaoru Mizuki ... Aki Harase
Shinobu Yûki Shinobu Yûki ... Kaoru Ishikura
Takako Fuji ... Kayako Saeki
Yuya Ozeki Yuya Ozeki ... Toshio Saeki (as Yûya Ozeki)
Shingo Katsurayama Shingo Katsurayama ... Keisuke Ôkuni
Fumika Hidejima Fumika Hidejima ... DJ
Hidetoshi Kageyama Hidetoshi Kageyama ... Kazumasa Ishikura
Hiroko Toda Hiroko Toda ... Shojo Yaku no Haiyû
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Storyline

While driving , the pregnant horror-movie actress Kyôko Harase and her fiancé are in a car crash caused by the Toshio's friend. Kyôko loses her baby and her fiancé winds up in a coma. Kyôko was cursed together with a television crew when they shot a show in the haunted house where Kayako was brutally murdered by her husband years ago. While each member of the team dies or disappears, Kyôko is informed that she has a three-and-a-half-month-old fetus in her womb. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Horror

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Rated R for violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

5 September 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Ju-on 2 See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,705,820
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DTS-Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first film in the Ju-on series that does not feature the ghost or presence of Takeo Saeki. See more »

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Referenced in Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009) See more »

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Machigai
Music by Hikari
Lyrics by Kei Noguchi
Performed by Suitei Shôjo
Courtesy of Epic Records Japan
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Really good ghost story
31 March 2005 | by Danny_G13See all my reviews

Smart Far Eastern horror uses chills, psychology and subtle intelligence to place itself a cut above many of its peers.

Ju-on 2 is obviously a sequel to Ju-on (The Grudge), a fairly reasonable if perhaps not brilliant chiller from the Orient, in which a murder had caused the house it occurred in to host a curse as a result of the slaying.

Following on from this, Ju-on 2 uses the same trick as seen in the likes of Magnolia whereby a bunch of victims, related to one another in some way, suffer at the hands of said curse.

Indeed, this is much like a compendium of tales, focusing on around 6 victims whose lives becomes inextricably linked as a result of circumstance, all of which harks back to the original house.

However, rather than outlining the finer details of the plot, it seems fairer to explain *why* this is such a good effort from Asia compared to so many of its really rather derivative kin such as Phone, Eye etc.

Certainly this also has more than a homage to Ring, and could be tenuous accused of slight plagiarism given many of the utterly blatant similarities, so what makes it a cut above the others?

Well, one of the main strengths here is some fantastic psychological trickery. The direction itself is fantastically conducive to it, and without giving away the exact nature of the manipulation of the viewer going on here, it's fair to say that it does a pretty good job of conveying the same kind of 'wrongness' that Ring exuded. There are plenty of moments here which create a genuine chill such is their effective defying of how we believe the laws of physics and biology work. When an event goes against all the worldly beliefs you have set in stone, it makes you take notice. Furthermore, given the distinctly psychological nature of much of Ju-on 2, it truly comes across as utterly twisted like some kind of awful nightmarish trip (Unlike Audition's frankly baffling last 3rd) but one which doesn't leave the viewer confused.

There are also a number of subtle tricks in evidence, many of which don't become apparent till later, all of which genuinely gathered an impressed reaction from me.

I am not going to pretend this is a terrifying movie, because to me, while there were certainly moments which got the adrenaline going a little, it is not exactly all that scary if you're a fan of these movies. Basically, we've seen it all before.

Nonetheless, as critical and harsh as that sounds, it still manages to entertain extremely well despite it, because it uses its own unique brand of originality to compliment the obvious nods to other movies.

Certainly one of the best Eastern horrors I've seen.


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