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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 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 away to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim. Written by simon

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Once you see it, you can never forget. Once it sees you, you can never escape. 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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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$110,359,362

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$187,281,115
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Runtime:

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

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The type of ghost that Kayako and Toshio are is based on the Japanese legend of the Onryo, a vengeful spirit that can actually physically manifest itself to attack and kill victims. See more »

Goofs

The two gas containers abandoned just beside the door are nowhere to be seen in the scene when Matthiew is leaving the house. In the scenes to follow they are back there especially because they are needed to move on the plot. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Something's seriously wrong here.
3 February 2005 | by The GryphonSee all my reviews

The grudge stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as a woman dealing with a house in dire need of therapy. A tragedy happened there a while back and the house just refuses to let the anger go and move on. Basically, it's a slow moving movie, almost exactly like its predecessor, using the same sets and some of the same stars as well. Unfortunately the first movie wasn't that good either, but because it was original I gave it a higher rating than this version. One of my reasons being that the scariest moment in the first movie is about the only scene not duplicated in this remake (that of a woman staring down on the lady in bed while Toshio scratches his legs at the foot of it, as seen in the previews of the original.) Anyway, to sum things up,"The Grudge" has potential to be scary, but it's rather like an excellent set of blueprints drawn in crayon. Something's seriously wrong here.


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