An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.


Takashi Shimizu


Stephen Susco (screenplay), Takashi Shimizu (film "Ju-On: The Grudge")
3,226 ( 100)
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Karen
Jason Behr ... Doug
William Mapother ... Matthew
Clea DuVall ... Jennifer
KaDee Strickland ... Susan
Grace Zabriskie ... Emma
Bill Pullman ... Peter
Rosa Blasi ... Maria
Ted Raimi ... Alex
Ryo Ishibashi ... Nakagawa
Yôko Maki ... Yoko
Yuya Ozeki Yuya Ozeki ... Toshio
Takako Fuji ... Kayako
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama ... Takeo
Hiroshi Matsunaga Hiroshi Matsunaga ... Igarashi


Karen Davis, an American Nurse, moves to Tokyo and encounters a supernatural spirit who is vengeful and often possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim. Karen must now find a way to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim. Written by simon

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They say that when someone dies in a powerful rage. A curse is made. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Takashi Shimizu doesn't speak English, so he had to have translators on set in order to help him direct the cast and crew who didn't understand Japanese. See more »


(at around 15 mins) When Karen enters the house for the first time, it is clear that she doesn't remove her shoes, yet when Emma grabs at her ankle a couple of seconds later, her shoes are suddenly off. See more »


[first lines]
Maria: Good morning. Peter? Are you OK? You're up early today.
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Alternate Versions

The rated PG-13 version is run 91 minutes, and unrated is run 98 minutes. See more »


Referenced in FoundFlix: The Grudge (2020) (2020) See more »

User Reviews

A vengeful specter kills everybody go into a haunted house
13 August 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

In Japan when a nurse is assigned to visit a family she's chased by a vengeful and supernatural spirit that possesses its victims. Meanwile a man (Bill Pullman) commits suicide dropping himself from a high apartment. Karen Davis (Sara Michelle Gellar) a volunteer social agrees to cover another assistant. He goes to the ghastly house and find an elderly woman (Grace Zabrinski.) Then happen several flashbacks about the family (Clea Duvall, her husband and his sister KaDee Strickland). A series of terrible and mysterious deaths occur. A Police Inspector (Ryo Ishibashi) attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery. But Karen is also racing to saves her boyfriend (Jason Behr) and must now find to break the horrifying spell.

This frightening movie displays terror, shocks, hard-edged drama and creepy images. While the look is suitable atmospheric and eerie, the argument stretches plausibility to the breaking point. This is an acceptable adaptation of the novel and movie that took successfully Japan. Nice cinematography by Yamamoto, Takashi Miike usual cameraman. Well produced in Japan by Robert G. Tapert and Sam Raimi and of course with intervention his brother Ted Raimi, as always. The motion picture is professionally directed by Takashi Shimzu in similar style to Hideo Nakata movies -The ring, Dark Water-. Shimzu is an expert on horror cinema with creepy phantoms of pale complexion and long hair . After that, he made ¨Reincarnation¨ also called ¨Rinne¨ again with palish phantoms and ¨Marebito¨ about a vampire in the Tokyo underground. It's followed by Grudge II again with Sara Michelle Gellar and Amber Tamblyn and similar equipment technical and artistic ; furthermore in production the third part. Rating : Acceptable and passable.

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Release Date:

22 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled 'Ju-on: The Grudge' Remake See more »

Filming Locations:

Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,128,715, 24 October 2004

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Technical Specs


| (Unrated Extended Director's Cut) | (unrated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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