Ju-on: The Grudge

2003

Ju-on: The Grudge (2003)

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When Nishina Rika (Megumi Okina), a volunteer home care worker, steps inside the house of a bed-ridden patient, she happens upon a bizarre ghostly presence behind a door that had been sealed shut with duct tape. Inadvertently, Nishina releases a mysterious evil force, and soon learns that a series of people who have entered the house went permanently missing shortly afterward. Eventually, Nishina's investigation leads to the strange story of Izumi Toyama (Misa Uehara), a former detective who handled the case of a man who had murdered his wife in the infamous house. In addition to fearing that she may be the house's next victim, Nishina is worried that the spirit is determined to leave its confines and murder Izumi.

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Cast

Megumi Okina
as Rika Nishina
Kayoko Shibata
as Mariko Nishina
Misaki Ito
as Hitomi Tokunaga
Kanji Tsuda
as Katsuya Tokunaga
Chikako Isomura
as Sachie Tokunaga
Yoji Tanaka
as Yuuji Toyama
Misa Uehara
as Izumi Toyama
Aki Fujii
as Yoko Toyama
Yui Ichikawa
as Chiharu
Takashi Matsuyama
as Saeki Takeo
Yuya Ozeki
as Toshio Taeki
Takako Fuji
as Kayako Taeki
Daisuke Honda
as Detective Igarashi
Hirokazu Inoue
as Detective Nakagawa
Tomomi Kobayashi
as Izumi as a Child
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Despite its fragmented, diffuse structure and obvious lack of a narrative center, this competent Japanese horror movie manages to create an oppressive atmosphere with an intriguing mystery that can be pretty disturbing sometimes, even if some of it also falls flat.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Arguably one of the scariest J-Horror movies ever made. While it's light on story, it works almost completely on a visceral level. The images are just downright creepy.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

½

This was so boring. Inventive and innovative on the style of scares it delivers, but I DIDN'T get scared.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

½

The vengeful spirits of murder victims terrorize anyone who dares to enter the house that was the scene of their deaths. Ju On was one of the first J Horrors that broke the international mainstream (along with Ringu) and although it feels a lot less fresh and unique now than it did at the time thanks to the formula being milked dry by a generation of copycats, it still stands up as one of the best. It does have its flaws; there's little in the way of plot, the cast are adequate but not remarkable and the cinematography is a little too bright and sterile for the subject matter. What makes the film is the director's ability to play on images that seem to plug directly into the fear centre of the brain, making it feel as if the characters are never safe no matter where they are and, in particular, the sound design. There's something about the noise that the ghost makes that's a bit like a clammy tarantula crawling up your spine and it still gives me goosebumps every time I hear it! My favourite example of the genre, and still worth seeing even though the whole J Horror movement is now running on empty.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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