Ju-On: The Grudge
JU-ON: THE GRUDGE is more like a reel through a house – or rather a world – of horror, than entertainment with a beginning, middle and end. It’s like being caught in a bad dream, with Evil gaining and no way out – save a death too horrible to endure.
The haunted house where most of the film’s action takes place, is a moldy firetrap that sits apart from its neighbors in a jungle of weeds. Rika, a “home helper”, come to care for bedridden woman who is the owner’s mother. When she arrives, she finds the old girl in a state of shock, unable to utter a word. Hearing rustling on the second floor, Rika investigates and, in the children’s room, sees something that frightens the living wits out of her. Backtrack a few days, when the old woman’s son returns home to find his wife speechless. He becomes determined to find out why. What he finds, though, is beyond all reason – and unhinges his worst fear.
Shimizu Takashi studied at Tokyo Film School, with such great teachers as Kurosawa Kiyoshi and THE RING scriptwriter Takahashi Hiroshi. Han made his feature film debut with TOMIE: REBIRTH (2001). However, it was in 2000 that horror lovers started to notice him, with his straight-to-video titles JU-ON and JU-ON 2. JU-ON: THE GRUDGE is based on these videos.