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(2006)

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Sony Pictures greenlit this sequel just three days after The Grudge (2004) was theatrically released. The first film had already recouped its budget and made profit on its opening weekend alone, guaranteeing a sequel.
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The first film omitted the subplot involving the three schoolgirls which was present in the original Ju-on: The Grudge (2002). The subplot was resurrected for this film (Misako Uno's character is even named Miyuki, just like one of the girls in the original film).
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On the "Columbia" logo screen before the feature, the standard logo appears normal for a moment, then the hair grows and the Columbia statuette turns to Kayako as the word "Columbia" changes to "Grudge 2." The screen flashes for a moment as this happens.
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In order to keep the mood on the set light, the actors and director would often joke around and attempt to frighten one another. This included a Karaoke session performed by director Takashi Shimizu on Arielle Kebbel's birthday.
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The original Japanese films kept the backstory of Kayako and her family relatively vague, with all of the details being implied. Takashi Shimizu said this was intentional and wished to keep it that way for the American remakes. However, studio interference is what lead to Shimizu begrudgingly giving Kayako a backstory in this film and introducing her mother. One idea was that Kayako would have a twin sister, which Shimizu vehemently rejected. The Grudge 3 (2009) would introduce Kayako's sister Naoko, though they aren't twins.
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In the film, Aubrey finds a man playing peek-a-boo seemingly with no one on the subway, with it revealed that he was actually playing with Toshio (who's reflection is seen on the window). This is a reference to the original Ju-on: The Grudge (2002), which featured the same actor (Isao Yatsu) playing peek-a-boo with Toshio. Yatsu is known for appearing in several classic Japanese horror films like Ringu 2 (1999) and Dark Water (2002).
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Director Takashi Shimizu went to Los Angeles to meet with producers Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi in a small office at Columbia Pictures. The purpose was to develop a story outline for the sequel's first draft, which also involved employees from Tapert and Raimi's production company Ghost House Pictures, producer Takashige Ichise, and writer Stephen Susco. According to Tapert, the session was roughly seven or eight hours of people suggesting ideas for the story.
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Kayako's mother, Nakagawa Kawamata, is an Itako, who are known in Japanese culture as blind Japanese exorcists that feed the evil spirits that they remove from the victim to another vessel. This is why her character in the film rarely makes eye contact with Aubrey when they meet.
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The role of Vanessa was originally written for Vanessa Lengies, who eventually turned it down to film Archie's Final Project (2009). The part even bore her name.
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Shuri Matsuda, who played a nurse in this film, played Kazumi Tokunaga in the original Ju-on: The Grudge (2002), which this film's predecessor was a remake of.
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Would be Takako Fuji's last film in the series portraying the ghost Kayako before retiring the character.
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Was retitled Ju-on: Pandemic when released in Japan.
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With the exception of the Saeki family, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryo Ishibashi are the only actors to reprise their roles of Karen Davis and Detective Nakagawa, respectively. Jason Behr only reappears as Doug via photographs.
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This was the first film in either the Ju-on (2002) or The Grudge (2004-2009) series to introduce Kayako's mother, Nakagawa Kawamata.
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This movie marked Amber Tamblyn's second Japanese horror remake, with the first film being The Ring (2002) which was a remake of Ringu (1998).
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Sony Pictures commissioned Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA to design a Haunt maze for its premiere in the month of October. The attraction consisted of a replica of the Saeki household. It was inaugurated by Takashi Shimizu himself with producer Sam Raimi and the cast. Shimizu and Amber Tamblyn had the honor of cutting the ribbon as well.
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Yuya Ozeki had outgrown the role of Toshio Saeki, and so he was replaced by Ohga Tanaka.
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A rare feat for a horror series, Takashi Shimizu had directed every single film in the series, including the Japanese originals, until he was replaced in The Grudge 3 (2009) by Toby Wilkins. He did however remain as producer.
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On September 10, 2006, a month before the theatrical release, Sony released a missing persons file on its official blog, stating a student filmmaker known as "Jason C" (Jason Cutler) disappeared a few weeks after visiting the set of the film. The blog originally broadcast interviews with the film's stars including Amber Tamblyn, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jenna Dewan but has been taken over by his roommate who filed the report.
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The film underperformed below expectations, and grossed $39.1 million in North America, making it the first ever film to open over $20 million yet gross less than 50% of its earnings after opening weekend. It also easily set the record for lowest gross of a $20 million opener.
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Contrary to popular belief, this film was not a remake of Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003). It (for the most part) follows its own unique storyline. The schoolgirl subplot is taken from Ju-On: The Grudge (2002) while the subplot involving a family moving into a cursed home is based on a similar segment in Ju-on: The Curse 2 (2000).
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As Arielle Kebbel had returned to America once production on the film finished in Japan, several sets had to be constructed in Chicago to recreate Japan in order for her to film re-shoots.
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This was Arielle Kebbel's first Asian horror remake, with the second being The Uninvited (2009).
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The opening scene, where Trish pours hot frying pan oil on Bill's head, and then bludgeons him to death with the pan is a recreation of a similar scene in Ju-On: The Curse 2 (2000).
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Although the film underperformed compared to the first, it still opened at #1 and was the highest grossing film on the opening weekend of October 13th, beating out The Departed (2006).
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As this was Teresa Palmer's first American film production, she had to learn how to speak with an American accent, which Palmer described as initially being horrific.
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If looking closely inside Miyuki's desk during the classroom scene, you can spot Toshio's eyes staring out for at least 3 seconds before the scene ends.
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In keeping with the casting connections with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), Amber Tamblyn guest starred on the show and reunited with Sarah Michelle Gellar in this film.
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Was originally scheduled for an October 20th release date, but was pushed forward a week earlier so that the film could open on the infamous day of Friday the 13th.
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Despite their antagonistic roles, Arielle Kebbel and Teresa Palmer became good friends on the set of the film.
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This is the longest film in the series, with a runtime of 102 minutes (theatrical cut) and 108 minutes (unrated cut), as opposed to The Grudge (2004) and The Grudge 3 (2009), which have a runtime of 91 (or 98 if including the unrated cut) and 90 minutes, respectively.
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Sony employed various marketing techniques to promote the film. On April 1, 2006, a teaser site was launched with details revealing the October 13 release date. Many forum sites such as IMDb were swamped with claims that Sony was playing an April Fool's joke. A few days later, the site's authenticity was proven, and claims that it was a hoax were proven as false.
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On September 19, 2006, Yahoo! Movies was the first site to release three short films titled "Tales from the Grudge" with an introduction from one of the producers of The Grudge (2004), Sam Raimi. The series of short expands on the story of the Saeki curse. The shorts also appear on the film's official site Sony Pictures Entertainment; fans who volunteered their mobile phone number received surprise calls from Kayako or Toshio. The films also became available on other film and horror-related websites as part of a wide-reaching and unique digital marketing strategy. The short films were directed by Toby Wilkins, who'd go on to direct The Grudge 3 (2009).
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The majority of the film was shot in Tokyo, Japan for Aubrey and Allison's stories. Jake's story was shot in Chicago.
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Kayako's mother, Nakagawa Kawamata, is an original character and shares no counterpart from the original Ju-on films. She is however, briefly mentioned in the novelization of the original film written by Kei Ohishi.
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The film under-performing at the box office led to Sony canceling the planned Blu-ray release, instead only releasing it on DVD and UMD. The only Blu-ray versions in existence are the French, UK, and Dutch Blu-rays.
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When Karen runs through the hospital she freezes in terror as a group of doctors and nurses just stare at her. If you look closely at the crowd as the camera moves over their faces you can see the blurry figure of Kayako staring at her from afar.
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Lacey dresses up in her cheerleader outfit at one point in order to show it to Sally. Ironically, Sarah Roemer would go on to play a cheerleader in Fired Up! (2009).
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Director Takashi Shimizu spoke of the film in an interview with Sci Fi Wire: "For The Grudge 2, I was going for this mystery that was never there in The Grudge, and I think that's going to fulfill the audience. ... There's a secret about Kayako's childhood life, so that's part of the big mystery. And the other mystery is this grudge will never stop, and it's going to ... spread. And how is it going to get spread? That's another mystery."
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In another press interview on if the film is a remake, Takashi Shimizu said: "The Grudge was a complete remake of Ju-on, meaning the storyline was very similar. Basically, it's the same. But Grudge 2 is actually different from Ju-on: The Grudge 2, and I don't think I would have accepted this job if it was going to be the same storyline. And because it was a different story, you know, my motivation was a bit higher, and I actually enjoy doing this."
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Masanobu Yada, who plays a customer of Kayako's mother looking for an exorcism, appeared in Spiral (1998), a sequel to Ringu (1998), which featured another iconic antagonist Sadako Yamamura. Yôko Chôsokabe, who plays a Nurse, also appeared in Ringu 2 (1999), the alternative sequel. Both franchises would eventually cross over in Sadako vs. Kayako (2016).
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Kayako's mother had an alternate death scene as confirmed by the deleted scenes. In the alternate sequence, she refuses to help Aubrey and she leaves. Kayako's ghost then manifests in her child form and walks towards her. She morphs into her adult form and resentfully claims her mother. She also appears to be blind in this sequence (as an Itako traditionally is) but in the theatrical version, she appears to be sighted (though her vision is blurry and barely works). This change was likely done in re-shoots.
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Gwenda Lorenzetti also appeared in Scary Movie 4 (2006), which is a parody of The Grudge films.
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When filming the closet scene, Arielle Kebbel had not seen Takako Fuji in her "Kayako" make-up and was genuinely terrified of her as she came down the attic. Fuji later asked Kebbel if she was alright.
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This was Misako Uno's film debut.
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Not screened in advance for critics.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the original Ju-on: The Grudge (2002), Rika (Megumi Okina) actually dies at the film's conclusion at the hands of Takeo Saeki, as she is doomed to suffer an identical fate to Kayako. The ending was drastically changed for this film's predecessor, in which her remake incarnation, Karen, survives (she does however die in this film). This ending was restored for this film, although the circumstances surrounding this death occurred differently, in which Aubrey adopts this death scene instead where Takeo recreates his murder with her.
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Chronologically speaking, Aubrey's story takes place first, then Allison's, and then Jake's. Aubrey's story takes place immediately after the first film's events in 2004. After her death, Allison's part of the story happens two years later in 2006, and her and the schoolgirls encounter Toshio and Aubrey's ghost in the Saeki home (though at that point in the film, the audience is led to believe it's Kayako's ghost). After the other schoolgirls Vanessa and Miyuki die, Allison moves back to America and unintentionally takes the curse with her, and this leads to Jake's segment of the story, set a few months after the events that happened back in Japan with Allison. They're revealed to be living in the same apartment and his family become victim to the curse.
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In a deleted epilogue, Ms. Davis is sent a box containing the belongings of her dead daughters Karen and Aubrey. Kayako's journal is mysteriously included among them, and the scene ends with her coughing up a giant ball of hair with Kayako's visible eye, ripping off her jaw. This scene was ultimately cut after it was deemed too similar to Yoko's death in the first film.
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The trailer for this film contains a deleted scene not present in the final cut. The scene is from the film's alternative ending, involving Kayako coming down the stairs and going after Jake and Allison. It was cut after it was deemed too derivative of the first film's ending, and was reshot with Kayako killing Aubrey by grabbing her from within her hoodie.
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A deleted scene that can be found on the DVD was supposed to have Eason open the closet of the Saeki home to find Allison inside, with both being shocked at seeing each other, in some sort of time warp. This was meant to establish an atemporal connection between cursed victims, and was a recreation of a similar scene in Ju-on: The Grudge (2002) where Detective Toyama sees a vision of his daughter Izumi in the Saeki home with 3 other schoolgirls, 5 years into the future. This scene was ultimately removed as it would have caused more confusion on the timeline of the three interconnected stories.
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SERIES TRADEMARK: [bathtub death scene] (at around 1h 30 mins) Lacey was drowned in the bathtub off-screen, then Toshio attacks and drowns Trish in the bathtub, just like Detective Nakagawa was drowned by Takeo in The Grudge (2004), Brenda by Toshio in The Grudge 3 (2009), and Peter was drowned off-screen while Melinda was drowned by her possessed mother Fiona in The Grudge (2020).
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When Aubrey pays a visit to Kayako's mother, we see the latter, through her barely working eyes, suddenly witnessing Kayako's spirit taking the place of Aubrey, who comes and kills her. This is a foreshadowing for the ending, where Kayako does the same to Aubrey after she is nearly killed by Takeo.
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During Miyuki's death scene, if one looks closely at the mirror behind the love hotel bed, you can see Kayako's silhouette materialize from Miyuki's own reflection before she kills her.
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Arielle Kebbel was filming Aquamarine (2006) shortly before she had to fly to Tokyo to film this movie. As her hair was still blonde, she had to wear a dark wig to contrast with Teresa Palmer, a natural blonde. She also wore a short wig for her scenes as a catatonic Allison in Chicago, where she slices off her hair in a mental breakdown.
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Kayako appears to tell her mother in a disembodied voice "you will die here" in English, shortly before she kills her, implying that Kayako can speak English. It's also the only time that Kayako appears to speak in the series, in her ghost form (not counting flashbacks to her being alive).
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Despite top billing as part of the cast, Sarah Michelle Gellar only has about 5 minutes of screen time in the film.
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Body Count: 14 - Karen Davis, Aubrey Davis, Eason, Vanessa, Miyuki, Allison, School Counselor, Kayako's Mother, Lacey, Allison's Parents, Sally, Bill, and Trish. Jake is the only main character to survive the events of the film. Allison's parents are revealed to have been killed in the deleted scenes, and are confirmed dead in The Grudge 3 (2009). 15 if you count Ms. Davis, who is shown to have been killed by Kayako in a deleted epilogue.
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Vanessa's death scene is a recreation of a similar death scene from Ju-on (2000) with Mizuho.
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Teresa Palmer and Misako Uno had already been let go by the time the Chicago scenes with Arielle Kebbel as Allison were shot. They only filmed their scenes in Japan. For shots in the film where Allison is being stalked by the ghosts of her two former classmates at her apartment, stand-ins and body doubles were used, and for the scene where their eyes are looking through the torn newspapers taped on the windows, their eyes were simply green-screened into the shot.
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SERIES TRADEMARK: [Ripped Off Jaw] Kayako rips off Yoko's jaw in the first film. In the deleted epilogue, Ms. Davis encounters Kayako's journal among her daughter's belongings, sent to her from Japan after their deaths. Afterwards, Kayako rips her jaw off by ejecting herself from her mouth. In The Grudge 3 (2009), Kayako kills Gretchen by gouging out her eyes and ripping her jaw off.
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