An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
92 min, South Korea:97 min (uncut version), Japan:98 min
1.85 : 1
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality.
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Curse, American, Japan, Nurse, Death
DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Supernatural Horror, Haunted House Film
Menacing, Goth, Stylized, Gloomy, Eerie
Has Detailed Data (New)
1, 2, 3, 7, 8
Count - Awards
US Box Office
USA, Japan, Germany
Country Of Origin
USA, Japan, Germany
The Grudge is the 2004 American remake of the Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge, and the first horror film in the Ju-on series, Ju-on 1. The film is the first installment in the American horror film series The Grudge. The film was released in North America on October 22, 2004 by Columbia Pictures, and was directed by Takashi Shimizu (director of the original series) while Stephen Susco scripted the remake. In the same tradition as the original series, the plot of the film is told through a non-linear sequence of events and includes several intersecting subplots.
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The Grudge describes a curse that is born when someone dies in the grip of a powerful rage or extreme sorrow. The curse gathers in the place where that person died. Those who encounter this murderous supernatural force die and the curse is reborn repeatedly, passed from victim to victim in an endless, growing chain of horror. The following events are explained in their actual order, the film showing them in a non-linear narrative.
The curse in particular has consumed the Japanese suburb home of the deceased Saeki family. Housewife Kayako Saeki had an obsessive crush on American teacher Peter Kirk, spilling her emotions into a private diary. Unfortunately, her husband Takeo Saeki discovered it and went ballistic, murdering Kayako by snapping her neck. His son, Toshio Saeki, who witnessed the murder, and the family cat are also killed. Takeo then seemingly hung himself after hiding his family's bodies in the attic and closet. Peter visited the house looking for Toshio, found Kayako's body and later committed suicide. However, the curse caused the family to re-emerge as ghosts, most notably Kayako as an Onryō, and kill anyone who entered the house.
The Williams Family, Matthew, his wife Jennifer, his unwell mother Emma, and his sister Susan move to Japan, and move into the Saeki house with the exception of Susan who lives in an apartment in the city. Jennifer and Emma are both disturbed by the house, and soon Jennifer and Matthew are consumed by the curse. A caretaker named Yoko visits the house to look after Emma but follows Kayako's death rattle to the attic's entrance, and is dragged into the attic by her jaw. Karen Davis, an American caretaker, is sent by her boss Alex to cover for Yoko. Karen finds Emma alone in the house, but is shocked when she finds Toshio and Mar in the closet, and telephones Alex for help. Karen catches Emma talking to herself, but to then see Kayako descend from the ceiling and kill Emma. Alex and various police officers enter. Among them is Detective Nakagawa who finds Yoko's cell phone, bottom jaw, and the bodies of Matthew and Jennifer in the attic.
Karen finds herself haunted by Kayako and Toshio, and investigates the house's past. Meanwhile, Susan is stalked by Kayako and flees to her apartment where she too is killed. Alex is also killed when he encounters Yoko's jawless ghost. Karen confides to her boyfriend Doug, and then confronts Detective Nakagawa regarding the Saeki family's deaths. Nakagawa reveals three of his co-workers were killed while investigating the deaths, and the retailer who sold the house to the Williams is also dead. Karen returns home to find a message from Doug, informing him of Yoko and Alex's deaths, and how he has gone to the house. Nakagawa arrives at the house first and attempts to burn the house down to end the curse using petrol, but is lured to his doom by Toshio and Takeo. Karen arrives and witnesses a flashback where Peter visits and finds Kayako's body. Karen snaps out of it and finds Doug. Kayako emerges from the attic and crawls her way down the stairs to kill the two. Doug is killed while Karen fights with Kayako to drop a lit match into some spilt gasoline.
Karen awakens in hospital to learn the house was saved, but mourns Doug's death. However, Kayako's ghost pops up behind Karen, implying she still is a target for the curse.
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