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Ju-on (2004)

Megumi Okina , Misaki It , Takashi Shimizu  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Megumi Okina, Misaki It, 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 (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNJR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,569 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ju-on" on IMDb

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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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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cover your eyes; Ju-On set to terrorize American shores September 19, 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Vengeful Ghost Tale September 11, 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars So THAT's Why They Call it a CrawlSpace!! November 13, 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
first of several great scary movies,good price, and quick shipping
Published 12 days ago by irishman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time
Most over hyped movie I have seen since I watched the latest Resident Evil
Published 16 days ago by Sean Winemiller
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to follow
If you just want to practice your Japanese--it might be good. Kind of creepy--probably good for Halloween. I like an ending on a story.
Published 17 days ago by Laura Swaft
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Legitimately freaky.
Published 17 days ago by Stacey Sterling
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that scary.
It's not so much about the story as it is about the people. It was interesting to watch them.
Published 19 days ago by Indignant Hen
4.0 out of 5 stars japanese horror
Loved it, japanese horror movies are the best.
Published 1 month ago by ray deb
4.0 out of 5 stars Paint them white.
While this is the original I found myself a tad bored during certain segments of it, I can't really say I found japan's idea of Ghosts/ghouls as being scary.
Published 1 month ago by Jeremy Barnhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Service and product were excellent.
Published 1 month ago by Paul D. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars This is awesome!
This is the best horror movie.Japanese original ghost horror movie.
Published 1 month ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Sh!t this is scary
This movie's splash screen is terrifying. I have still not watched the movie because once the DVD screen comes up, the freaky face and sound are a bit too menacing to proceed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan A.
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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
Apr 3, 2008 by Thomas G. Morrison |  See all 5 posts
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