Ju-on   2000   Japan Ju-on - The Curse 1 & 2
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Director:Takashi Shimizu
Studio:Toei Video Company
Writer:Takashi Shimizu
IMDb Rating:7.0 (4,870 votes)
Genre:Horror, Mystery
Duration:70 min
Languages:German, Japanese
Takashi Shimizu  ...  (Director)
Takashi Shimizu  ...  (Writer)
Yûrei Yanagi  ...  Shunsuke Kobayashi (segment "Toshio")
Yue  ...  Manami Kobayashi (segment "Toshio")
Ryôta Koyama  ...  Toshio Saeki (segment "Toshio")
Hitomi Miwa  ...  Yuki (segment "Yuki")
Asumi Miwa  ...  Kanna Murakami (segment "Yuki")
Yumi Yoshiyuki  ...  Noriko Murakami (segment "Yuki")
Kazushi Andô  ...  Tsuyoshi Murakami (segment "Yuki")
Chiaki Kuriyama  ...  Mizuho Tamura (segment "Mizuho")
Yoriko Dôguchi  ...  Nakamura (segment "Mizuho")
Jun'ichi Kiuchi  ...  Tezuka (segment "Mizuho")
Denden  ...  Yoshikawa (segment "Kanna")
Tarô Suwa  ...  Kamio (segment "Kanna")
Reita Serizawa  ...  Iizuka (segment "Kanna")
Shirô Namiki  ...  Kansatsui (segment "Kanna")
Takako Fuji  ...  Kayako Saeki (segment "Kayako")
Gary Ashiya  ...  Composer
Nobuhito Kitsugi  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: The first Ju-on follows the lives of the people connected to a house in Nerima, Tokyo where a gruesome murder of a housewife occurred. School teacher Shunsuke Kobayashi visits the home of his absent student, Toshio, where he discovers the boy beaten and bruised. He waits for Toshio's parents to come but soon realizes what the Saeki family has become and is killed, his wife and unborn child being murdered as well by Kayako's crazed husband Takeo after he learned Kayako had a stalker-like crush on Kobayashi. He is in turn killed by Kayako's ghost. The movie also explores the fates of the next family to live in the house, the Murakami family, as well as two people who come in contact with them, including Mizuho Tamura, who is killed while waiting for her boyfriend Tsuyoshi at the school. The film extends the stories of Tsuyoshi and Kanna from Katasumi and 4444444444. The last segment shows a snippet of Suzuki Kyoko's arrival, a psychic who was invited by her brother to explore the house that he was going to sell, which was the cursed Saeki house. This movie showed death or vanishing as the curse's result.

* Ju-on: The Curse 2 (V-Cinema); (Available only in Japan, Germany, and Scandinavia)

Ju-on: The Curse 2 continues the story of Kyoko Suzuki and shows how the curse fatally affected her and everyone in her family. A large portion of this film is a recap of the previous installment. It also portrays the story of a couple, the Kitadas, living in the house as the wife becomes possessed by Kayako's spirit and murders her husband. The film features the extended storyline of Detective Kamio from Ju-on: The Curse. The Curse 2 also introduces a group of school girls who had sneaked into the house, one of them being Izumi Toyama, whose story would be continued in Ju-on: The Grudge.

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