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The Grudge (2004)

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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.

Director:

Takashi Shimizu

Writers:

Stephen Susco (screenplay), Takashi Shimizu (film "Ju-On: The Grudge")
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

It never forgives. It never forgets. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,128,715, 24 October 2004

Gross USA:

$110,359,362

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,281,115
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Toshio is almost always found with his cat. In real life, the boy who plays Toshio, Yuya Ozeki, was terrified of cats. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

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

Two slightly different versions of the film were used for test screenings. One was R-rated, while the other was rated PG-13. The PG-13 cut, which had toned down some of the disturbing images, tested better with screeners. See more »

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Doesn't translate well to an American audience
5 February 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

The main theme of this movie is that a powerful negative force inhabits a place after someone has died a violent death, and that this negative force consumes all who touch the place in which the violent act occurred. This idea is not new, and many conjecture that what people believe are "ghosts" are in fact leftover energy from just such traumatic events. However, most American audiences want the "wronged parties" or "ghosts" to produce a moral outcome- either the punishment of the murderer(s) or the revelation of how the victims died. What most Americans don't really "get" or appreciate is this malevolent force striking out at random victims- the current occupants of the house, whoever they may be, however transient. This just spawns more innocent victims and seems pointless.

On the positive side, the technical elements of the film were excellent, the parts of the film that were supposed to be scary were indeed scary, and the roles were well acted. In fact, for you Buffy fans out there, did you notice that Sarah Michele Gellar was reunited with two BTVS alumni? Jason Behr, who played her love interest, was Billy Ford in "Lie to Me" in season two, and the American wife who was caring for her mother-in-law before she was murdered by the "ghosts" was played by the same actress who played Marcie Ross in "Out of Mind Out of Sight" from season one.


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