Ju-On: The Grudge

Genre:  Drama, Horror
Running Time:  92 min.
DVD: November 9, 2004

Current rating: Rating: 4.30
based on 53 votes and 5 reviews
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Cast: Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa


A volunteer home care worker, Nishina Rika (Megumi Okina), enters the home of a bed-ridden patient and discovers a strange ghostly presence lurking behind a door sealed with duct tape. Her discovery unleashes a horrible evil which baffles police investigators, who find that a whole series of people have gone missing from this particular house. Further investigation leads to Izutni Toyama (Misa Uehara), a former detective who handled the case of the man who murdered his wife in the house, but whose son was never found. But when the angry "Ju-On" spirit of vengeance that has infected the house reaches beyond its boundaries to kill Toyama and his daughter, Rika realizes that the horror is spreading. Worse, unless something is done about it, she feels she may become the angry spirit's next victim.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Studio: Lions Gate Films
Producer(s): Takashige Ichise
Screenplay: Takashi Shimizu
Official Site: www.juonthegrudge.com

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  • 2 stars "This movie makes NO sense. It doesn't even try. You know, I like a certain level of coherence to my movies, which is probably why I was never able to get into this movie. It's hard to explain, but the images in this movie are very different from the ones in the American, which is strange considering they were both directed by the same guy. The acting and imagery were really good in this movie, but everything else was bad. It succeeded where the American version failed, but also failed where it succeeded. Neither movie was very good, but I preferred the one that made the most sense (American). This isn't without merit, but you'd do better watching The Ring."