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Ju-on (2000)

Horror | 70 minutes
3,38 133 votes

Genre: Horror / Mystery

Duration: 70 minuten

Alternative titles: Ju-on: The Curse / Curse Grudge / 呪怨

Country: Japan

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

Stars: Yurei Yanagi, Chiaki Kuriyama and Hitomi Miwa

IMDb score: 6,8 (8.946)

Releasedate: 11 February 2000


This movie is not available on US streaming services.


Ju-on plot

When Toshio hasn't been to school for a long time, his teacher decides to pay a visit to his house. Once there, he finds Toshio at home alone. The parents are nowhere to be found and even after waiting for a while they still don't come back. Where have they gone and what are the strange noises the teacher hears in the house?

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Actors and actresses

Shunsuke Kobayashi

Toshio Saeki

Mizuho Tamura

Kayako Saeki

Kanna Murakami

Noriko Murakami

Tsuyoshi Murakami

Manami Kobayashi

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avatar van Tonypulp


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Very nice to see where Shimizu 'began' (with The Grudge). I suddenly felt like seeing long-haired ladies stumbling down the stairs again, so it's time to (re)watch the entire range of Grudge films. Nowadays, these types of works are unfortunately passé, but they still hold up well. Very cheap indeed. That SOV look works against the film a bit, especially the first half. The second half has a bunch of scares that are a lot more powerful and more in line with what Shimizu would elaborate on later.

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avatar van Woland


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So this is not the better known Ju-on, also known as The Grudge (and of course remade in the US), but its predecessor, subtitled The Curse. It's a quite charming low-budget work in the same vein as its sequels (more or less, I don't actually know to what extent all those Ju-ons are related to each other narratively). The film quality is not that great, but it is not really disturbing, and it also suits the type of film; it gives a kind of authenticity. I couldn't always follow the coherence of the story or the logic of the characters, but I notice that I am sensitive to this kind of creepy ghost (although you can see the scary moments coming), and apparently Ju-on does so her work is also good in that area. Certainly not bad.

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avatar van Shadowed


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With few resources, director Takashi Shimizu expanded his own horror universe with The Curse, a film that is currently mainly loved by a niche audience. It may be said that Shimizu regularly comes up with a number of uncomfortable moments despite the technical shortcomings (and there are some). Ugly shot, terribly acted and above all somewhat dated, but in the end it is all about the horror aspect and it is satisfactory. The non-chronological storytelling method also ensures that you as a viewer are forced to stay focused and the build-up to a scare is more than solid, unfortunately the final scares themselves are not very effective (anymore). Moments like Kayako crawling down the stairs are the scenes that make a film like this, but the production value is so substandard that there is not much to enjoy as a whole. I have always found Toshio's character unworthy.

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