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In this eerie tale, a family who is brutally killed in their own home leaves behind an evil spirit lurking in the shadows. When an unknowking homecare worker enters, the spirit is awaikened and a terrifying chain of events begins! DVD features include co


Following in the footsteps of The Ring cycle, the Ju-On series of horror films has taken Japan by the throat. According to this movie, the title refers to a curse placed upon a house where violence occurred. Sure enough, we see a string of unhappy encounters in a seemingly ordinary home, where ghosts have settled in the aftermath of murder. Director Takashi Shimizu (who also directed the Hollywood remake, The Grudge) constructs the picture out of separate fragments, not told in chronological order; the haunted house is the main character, not any one of the unsuspecting human characters. Cult mavens might suggest that Shimizu uses devices and images that have already worked well in films by Hideo Nakata and Kiyoshi Kurosawa--the Japanese horror film does have its conventions. But none of that matters if you're watching this movie alone at home on a dark night. Click, click, click.... --Robert Horton

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  • Actors: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa, Kanji Tsuda
  • Directors: Takashi Shimizu
  • Writers: Takashi Shimizu
  • Producers: Hiroki Numata, Kunio Kawakami, Takashige Ichise, Yoshinori Kumazawa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNJR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ju-on" on IMDb

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This is a pretty scary film and that is saying a lot coming from me as over 95% of horror movies don't scare me.
Takashi Shimizu's explosive movie, Ju-On, not only is a horror film for those in your life, but a subtle mystery for you to unravel.
Ayami Yamakita
I thought that Ju-on was probably one of the most scary movies I have ever seen, I would recommend it to any horror movie buff.
Brian J. Kohler

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Matthew King on September 19, 2004
Format: DVD
Finally after a long wait, North America sees the release of "Ju-On: The Grudge" on DVD, no doubt meant to coincide with the American remake called "The Grudge" starring Sarah Michelle Gellar which will be released in theatres this fall. Ju-On belongs to the cream of the crop of J-Horror, perhaps the best spooky house horror movie I have ever laid eyes on. Brilliantly directed by Takashi Shimizu, Ju-On is an unrelenting spectacle of spooky sights and sounds that manages to outcreep even the likes of "Ringu" and the Pang Brothers' "The Eye" without even a drop of blood spilt. Interestingly enough, the American Studio responsible for the remake has decided to enlist the services of Shimizu himself to direct the remake and to set the action in Japan alas with a mostly American cast. The remake will have a very tough act to follow if it whishes to outspook the original, however this has been achieved before with "The Ring".

The prologue shows us what led to the house becoming haunted; a man who believes his wife had an affair kills her in an uncontrolled rage then kills himself. The couple's young son, who witnesses the savage act, disappears and is never to be seen again. Fast forward several years: the house is now inhabited by the Tokunaga family of three, a husband and wife and the husband's old frail mother. While husband and wife are away on a trip, the nearby welfare center sends volunteer social worker Rika to look after the house and the old mother. While cleaning the house, she witnesses ghostly apparitions that drive her away from the house. Soon after, when the tenants of the house return from their trip they too are terrorized by the vengeful spirits of the dead family.

Several factors are responsible for making "Ju-On" such an utterly scary film.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Karo Karo on September 11, 2004
Format: DVD
Juon has recently been remade for American screens as "The Grudge," and stars Sarah Michelle Gellar. This is one of many parallels one might draw between this movie and "Ring," which was remade with Naomi Watts and has spawned an entirely american sequel.

The vengeful ghost trapped in an item or location is a very common theme in Japanese horror and storytelling. Films like Juon and Ring, as well as games such as Fatal Frame (PS2) feed off the fears inherent in the stories of vindictive undead. One main difference between the Japanese and American versions of these is the degree to which our fear can be assuaged with some sort of explanation. Juon, like the original Ring, offers vague hints as to what happened to its ghosts and what does happen to their victims. The ending offers no explanation, no enlightement, and might be unsatisfying to some viewers. Interestingly enough, it is that lack of resolution that makes this genre so strong and helps it leave a lasting impression. There may be no solution to the ghost problem. The evil unleashed may be unstoppable.

The movie is somewhat slow, especially compared to the horror flicks we're used to, which doesn't mean its characters don't fall into the usual victim traps (like being unpardonably dumb). There's no obvious violence to speak of and none of the detective fiction element that has strengthened some other scary films. However, if you enjoy the slow building of a subtle and chilly atmosphere, and are prepared to be scared without reprieve, you will really appreciate this movie.
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92 of 107 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on November 13, 2004
Format: DVD
When someone dies in the grip of a horrible rage, a curse is born. And that curse consumes the place it touches like a cancer, writhing through the world adjoining its own and killing everything it touches.

And, o, how it kills.

While you may be curious as to how this movie is, I'd make the following suggestion to those of you that might want to watch it.

Before you start reading anyone's thoughts on this movie, you should first ask yourself if you want to see something that's (A) presented intact or if you (B) want to see a beast with some of its proverbial teeth pulled. If you choose "A" (and most people choose "A," if you're curious about mean and the like), you should consider the fact that this movie could be ruined if you keep reading people's reviews. Ju-on isn't one of those boorish films that rely heavily on a point that it has to drive into your viewing mind like a hammer hitting some "look, mommy, I'm a monster" nail. Instead, it works by telling a story in fragments, letting you have snippets of the tale along with a dose of the horrific and rewarding you as you follow along. It reminds me of a mystery that you know portions of right away because of conjecture/ horror movie conditioning, but one that you have to keep following because of the fun that ensues as little elements (the all-too-human kind) keep touching some base terror and then suffering as they help spread it. And its one of those pieces that you REALLY want to kick people for talking about with any depth, because any portion of the plot being revealed could fracture the effect it has when it's revealed on the screen. The little tastes of depravity, the nuisances that make your spine sink and say "O my god" when the lovely effects play out - yeah.
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any j-horror recommendations?
The Host, Noroi, The Booth (thriller), A Tale of Two Sisters, and my favoritw Re~Cycle. Not all of these are from Japan, but they are asian horror! Hope this helps. Enjoy!
Jul 19, 2011 by M. Weaver |  See all 2 posts
What's the difference between Ju-on and The Grudge???
The Grudge plays like a sort of "best of " compilation of the first three Ju-On films from Japan. There are scares and ideas from all three of them included.

The original Ju-Ons are by far the way to go. The first two (usually called Ju-On: The Curse and Ju-On: The Curse 2, to... Read More
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