ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – J – Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)

grudge-2Director: Takashi Shimizu

Writer: Takashi Shimizu (Screenplay)

Starring: Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niiyama, Kei Horie, Yui Ichikawa, Ayumu Saito, Emi Yamamoto

 

Plot: As their curse spreads on all around, the ghosts find their chance to live once again through the pregnancy of a cursed woman.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Complicated but Terrifying

 

Story: Ju-On: The Grudge 2 starts as we meet Kyoko (Sakai) a pregnant aspiring actress with her fiancé Masashi (Saito) who after hitting a cat find themselves haunted by a ghost boy who crashes their car and is drawn towards Kyoko’s baby. With Kyoko dealing with the ghost haunting her every day, we move onto to meet a friend of Kyoko’s Tomoka (Niiyama) who has been experience her own ghostly events in her apartment. Tomoka calls in ghost hunter Noritaka (Horie) to help example the unusual knocking at the same time every night.

Continuing the hauntings around the set of the horror production Megumi (Yamamoto) the star of the movie has her own experience with the ghostly presence but how are they all connected?

 

Thoughts on Ju-On: The Grudge 2

 

StoryWhen it comes to horror the last thing you want to do is put the pieces back together because thinking in the last thing you want to do. This film does make you think when you put together the events and unlike the first one the story is bigger, once you have figured out the story you will enjoy this horror story that continues the curse idea so well.

HorrorWhen it comes to horror you need to never look further than the Asian horror boom of the early 2000s and this is just one of those films that bought the ghost horror back to life in real terror for the audience.

Characters/PerformanceEach character in the film has a connection to another even though we only follow one character at a time and not always in order of events. The characters all react differently to the ghostly visits which will all come back to show the horror. The performances are all good as you believe all the fear the characters are experiencing through the film.

SettingsEach setting is used to become the final piece to the jigsaw that this film has become now, the settings are used to bring us the horror because they come from such surprising locations too.

Special EffectsWhen you look at the effects being used in this film you will find they have the ability to strike pure terror into the viewing which is something many horror never understand but the Asian ghost horrors capture so easily.

Final ThoughtsYou like your Asian horrors then watch this one, the first introduces the Grudge this one builds on it to the next level.

 

Overall: Welcome addition to the Asian horror genre that will scare you from start to finish.

Rating80

 

 

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

grudgeDirector: Takashi Shimizu

Writer: Takashi Shimizu (Screenplay)

Starring: Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa, Kanji Tsuda, Kayoko Shibata

 

Plot: A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Pure Scares, Confusing Story

 

Story: Ju-On: The Grudge starts when Rita Nishina (Okina) a social worker gets a new job in a house she instantly thinks something is wrong inside the house. When she discovers a little boy in a cupboard she gets to Sachie the lady she is caring for who doesn’t give her any answers. The boy Toshio continues to haunt Rita leading to her seeing what has caused the house to be empty.

We flashback to meet Kazumi (Matsuda) and husband Katsuya (Tsuda) who were looking after Sachie when this haunting happened as this Grudge is taking over the house. We watch how both Rita and Hitomi (Ito) get haunted by this vengeful spirit and both search for the answers to why it is after them.

Ju-on: The Grudge gives us some of the best scares in horror film history but when it comes to story I did find myself feeling very confused with who and which storyline I was meant to be follow and with no timelines it doesn’t really help either. The basics is just about enough to be able to work out but you don’t want to spend time thinking about this one because it is all about the horror unfolding which is truly terrifying.

 

Actor Review

 

Megumi Okina: Rika is the young social worker set to this new house as a carer but what she ends up discovering leaves her frozen in fear. Once she is found she has to work with the police to figure out what happened in this house and who this mysterious child is. Megumi is good in the leading role as she gets filled with terror throughout.rika

Misaki Ito: Hitomi is the younger sister of the people who lived in the house that lives away from the rest of the family, she gets followed by the ghost to her own apartment however much she tries to run. Misaki is good and is involved in one of the scariest scene.

Misa Uehara: Izumi is the daughter of Yuji who after her father starts investigating becomes the next target for the ghost like figure. Misa is also involved in one of the scary moments without being too involved in the film.

Yoji Tanaka: Yuji Toyama who was the cop who investigated what happened to the original family in the house, he never managed to solve the case forcing him to leave the force. Yoji is good in this role but also not involved in the early part of the film.

Support Cast: Ju-on: The Grudge has a supporting cast that all get involved in the haunting of the characters in their own way.

Director Review: Takashi ShimizuTakashi gives us some real scares throughout but gets the story lost.

 

Horror: Ju-on: The Grudge gives us some of the best horror moments in any film.

Settings: Ju-on: The Grudge keeps all the settings feel like they are in everyday location to add to the horror.
Special Effects
: Ju-on: The Grudge has great effects that are used to create the horror.

Suggestion: Ju-on: The Grudge is one for all the horror fans out there to watch. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Scares.

Worst Part: Storyline.

Oh My God Moment: Bed Ghost.

Scariest Scene: Coming down the stairs.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $3.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: When a grudge from the dead passes to the living – Who is safe?

Overall: Scares throughout that will leave you looking for a pillow to hide behind.

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