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March 26, 2005

Ju-On

I got round to renting Ju-On at long last. Creepy!

A volunteer care worker, Nishina Rika (Megumi Okina), enters the home of a bed-ridden patient and discovers a strange ghostly presence lurking behind a door sealed with duct tape.

The Grudge, by contrast, was over-produced and CGI-ridden. This was a big disappointment given the successful interpretation of Ringu as The Ring (if not the not so great Korean Ring Virus). Part of the problem may have been that The Grudge was directed by Takashi Shimizu, the fellow who had directed Ju-On, in Japan and by a Japanese crew. Producer Sam Raimi probably meant this to ensure a faithful remake but in doing so missed the need to translate family relationships, reactions to scary situations and so forth to an American context. Now, look, I revere Sam Raimi but this thing would have been better if they had made an American, and not only an English-language, version of the film (and included The Classic).

On a related note is a site with some nsfw banner ads. I imagine this was a promotional stunt for Ring 2. Funny.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 26, 2005 09:54 AM

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