‘Ju-on’ (‘The Grudge’) Continues to Haunt Japan

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Setting up a 15th anniversary celebration, the Ju-on virus continues to spread through Japan.

Ochiai Masayuki, who directed Infection, Hypnosis and the absolutely atrocious 2008 remake of Shutter, is set to pen and get behind the camera for Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari, or The Grudge: Beginning of the End, according to Eigapedia. The announcement was made at Tokyo’s Akagi Shrine.

An elementary school teacher named Yui visits the home of a boy named Toshio Saeki who’s been absent from school for a long period of time. When she arrives, she re-lives the horrific tragedy which occurred in the Saeki household 10 years earlier. A cardboard box left in a closet holds the key to revealing a long-hidden truth.

Nozomi Sasaki and Kai Kobayashi both star.

Filming begins tomorrow with a release date already slated for June 28.

Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari marks the seventh Japanese film, making it the 10th in the franchise (if you include the three U.S. The Grudge films).

Ju-on (OV) (2000)
Ju-on 2 (OV) (2000)
Ju-on: The Grudge (2003)
Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (2003)
Ju-on: Black Ghost (2009)
Ju-on: White Ghost (2009)

 
  • iszac

    The Gif picture there is the original Thai SHUTTER, not Ju-On. ^^’

  • XrabbitX

    I’ll be looking forward to this…hopefully we’ll get a hold of this in the States this year.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Hopefully this is a lot better than the last two movies because those were terrible. I’ve loved every Ju-on and The Grudge movie except for those last two. It shouldn’t be hard to make this right because it already sounds like it’s on the right track. Black Ghost and White Ghost weren’t even about Kayako or Toshio. That was the mistake they made there. Anyways, I’ve very excited to see this. This is one of my favorite franchises.

    • CTHL

      I thought White was decent :-/ Black was wholly boring though.

      As for them fitting into the storyline, they weren’t suppose to… they were made as celebratory tribute films (aka, cash grabs), not intended to tie into the canon.

      And if you want to get nerdy, they can sorta fit in anyways if you want… the whole Ju-on story arc was originally (“originally” being that Shimizu kinda plot-holed himself up at the last minute with the goofy ending of J:G2) suppose to be leading to something of a chain letter apocalypse of hauntings, the Saeki’s being the origin. Kayako’s victims become ghosts of their own that haunt their own victims, and so on. Thusly, these other seemingly unrelated hauntings down the road could tie in… with a little imagination to fill in the blanks. :)

      As for this movie, guh! If you didn’t read the synopsis,it’s a reboot… once again aping the success of it’s half-brother Ringu and its recent successful (and imo, godawful) reboots. Japan is just as bad as Hollywood anymore…

      and as the first poster said… that clip is from Shutter… and not even the right Shutter if you were trying to be subtly relevant! >_< Horror fan failz.

  • borntwiztid

    ok well if we are going to include the US films should we include The Grudge 3 (2009)?

  • Taboo

    I love every one of these films so it’s very exciting news!

  • Tomie Kawakami

    The Grudge series is not considered a part of the Ju-on franchise in the first place, so this is the seventh installment. The Grudge is a franchise of it’s own that ventured into a different direction than Ju-on. And Ju-on does not translate as “The Grudge”. The films in the Ju-on franchise are the 6 ones you listed at the bottom of this article.

  • mobstar67

    I gotta say it….
    I miss all that great horror that was coming out of Japan in the early 2000′s….
    That was a ridiculous era for horror over there…
    The only parallel i can see is the American slasher genre of the late 70′s early 80′s…