Ju-on   2000   Japan Ju-on: The Curse
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Director:Takashi Shimizu
Studio:Toei Video Company
Writer:Takashi Shimizu
IMDb Rating:6.8 (3,432 votes)
Duration:89 min
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
Comments: Given the new Blu-ray releases of the Ju-on films I decided to re-watch the series
Katasumi In a Corner - (3.5) ... Dead kid. Pretty cool short. Shimizu's already got his aesthetic going on

4444444444 - (2.5) ... Not creepy short, really, until ... introducing Toshio

Ju-on: The Curse - (4.1) ... It's mostly soundtrack and facial work that give this its edge in creep-y. It's kind of hard to follow until you give up trying to follow it and try to just be scared somehow

Ju-on: The Curse 2 - (3.0) ... More/less fragmented skits. Losing a little steam here but still has the vibe. Nostalgic for the day when this stuff was cool and new-ish

Ju-on: The Grudge - (4.0) ... Decent reboot with a pretty high level of creepy but it's fragmented nonlinear structure works against a full embrace

Ju-on: The Grudge 2 - (3.1) ... My enthusiasm waned. At this point I found myself wishing I was re-visiting other J&K-Horror from the period instead, like:
Dark Water, Ringu stuff, The Red Shoes, Suicide Club, Whispering Corridors stuff, Phone, One Missed Call, etc. Ah, those were days

Summary: Jealous of his wifes love for another man, a teacher from her high school, a man brutally kills his wife and young son. Searching for the son who has missed a lot of school, the teacher enters their house, only to find the dead ghost of his mother, and consequently has a heart attack and becomes a ghost himself. The story goes on to tell of the new tenants of the house and what they experience, and an investigation by two police officers into why so many people are dissapearing.

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