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Ju-On (2003)


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Four out of Five

Movie

Rating: R (some disturbing images)
Length: 92 minutes

Video

Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Audio

JAPANESE: Dolby Digital 5.1
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 2.0

Captions

English, Spanish

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Plot

"Ju-on: The curse of one who dies in the grip of a powerful rage. It gathers and takes effect in the places where that person was alive. Those who encounter it die and a new curse is born." A house in Japan with a violent past is the source of unexplained happenings that haunts anyone that enters it.

Pros

This is an extremely creepy movie as opposed to a gory one. The story is told in segments that lead up to the finale which explains everything for those that hadn't already figure it out. There's something especially eerie about a film that has a young boy in it like this one does. The Japanese soundtrack is in a very nice Dolby Digital 5.1 format as opposed to the 2.0 for the English dubbed version; I would highly recommend the Japanese track with subtitles.

Cons

You will need to pay attention to everyone's names because this movie bounces around quite a bit through different time periods.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary with Sam Raimi and Scott Spiegel
  • Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailer Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Recommendation

I found this movie on the shelf and immediately picked it up for two reasons. First, I had already heard about it and how good it was; it seems to make most Top 10 Horror Movie Lists. Second, I was very impressed with "Ringu", the film that the American "The Ring" was a remake of and I wanted to see if this film was that much better than the American version "The Grudge"; it is. If you liked "The Grudge", you owe it to yourself to watch this film.

Director

Actors

Takako Fuji - Kayako Saeki
[The Grudge, The Grudge 2]
Daisuke Honda - Detective Igarashi
Yui Ichikawa - Chiharu
Chikara Ishikura - Hirohashi
Chikako Isomura - Sachie Tokunaga
Misaki Ito - Hitomi Tokunaga
Yukako Kukuri - Miyuki
Shuri Matsuda - Kazumi Tokunaga
Takashi Matsuyama - Takeo Saeki
[Ghost in the Shell, The Grudge]
Megumi Okina - Rika Nishina
Yuya Ozeki - Toshio Saeki
[The Grudge, The Grudge 2]
Kayoko Shibata - Mariko
Yoji Tanaka - Yûji Toyama
Kanji Tsuda - Katsuya Tokunaga
Misa Uehara - Izumi Toyama

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