The Grudge 2 (2006)

The Grudge 2 (2006)

  • Release Date:  2006
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit
  • Director:  Takashi Shimizu
  • Screenwriter:  Stephen Susco

The Grudge 2 (2006)Rating:

  • Dylan = 6 / 10;
  • Eloise = 7 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7.5 / 10;
  • Simina = 6 / 10

The Grudge 2 (2006) Synopsis:

In this sequel, the sister of Karen from the first movie inherits from the curse. Along with some other persons, they will try to break the curse to save their lives.

The Grudge 2 (2006) Review:

For me, this sequel was a little less good than the first movie, but only because the surprise effect was gone. Apart from that, the two movies are quite similar, in a good way. They are both very well realized and captivating. This is not too surprising since both The Grudge 1 and 2 were directed by Takashi Shimizu, who also directed the original Japanese versions (Ju-on and Ju-on 2).

The scary atmosphere is still here, along with the many jumpy moments and the creepiness that made The Grudge famous. The storyline is much more simplistic than in the first movie, but this is compensated by some more action and some cool kills.

Anyone who liked the first movie should like this one as long as they do not expect too much.

Things to know about The Grudge 2 

Everything you need to know about The Grudge 2 is pretty much right here. Sarah Michelle Gellar will return, as does Takako Fuji (Kayako) – director Takashi Shimizu, writer Stephen Susco, and producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise will also return. The story will tell more about why the grudge’s wrath exists, and introduce a new group of victims, including Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Beals, and Teresa Palmer. Columbia Pictures will release the movie on October 20, 2006. For more intricate info, here’s the press release from Ghost House Pictures.

Principal photography has begun on The Grudge 2, it was announced today by Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures. The film is the much-anticipated sequel to the 2004 hit The Grudge, which & quite appreciated by the horror movie geeks & earned $188 million in worldwide box office receipts.

The Grudge 2 delves into the secrets behind the grudge’s wrath and introduces a seemingly unrelated host of new characters who find themselves connected by the same terrifying supernatural curse.

The movie stars Amber Tamblyn (Stephanie Daley, Joan Of Arcadia) with Sarah Michelle Gellar returning in her role as Karen. Arielle Kebbel (upcoming Aquamarine) joins the growing ensemble cast with Jennifer Beals (The L Word) and newcomer Teresa Palmer (upcoming December Boys) co-starring.

Japanese actress Takako Fuji reprises her role as the terrorizing Kayako, making it the fifth time that she has played this role “three times in the Japanese Ju-On as well as the first installment of the English version. Ryo Ishibashi also returns briefly in a cameo as Detective Nakagawa.

Other supporting cast includes Japanese teen pop star Misako Uno of the popular group AAA in her feature film debut, Shaun Sipos (Complete Savages), and the well-known Chinese actor Edison Chen, who is best known for his role in Infernal Affairs, the 2002 hit Hong Kong film which is being remade by Martin Scorsese and set to be released as The Departed.

Also returning are director Takashi Shimizu, writer Stephen Susco, and producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise.

Producer Sam Raimi offers, For The Grudge 2, Ghost House has reunited our original team led by master filmmaker Takashi Shimizu. It promises to deliver gripping sequences of suspense and shocking jolts that should have the fans of The Grudge part 1 leaping out of their seats and coming back to the theater again and again.

Other key filmmakers returning for the second installment include Production Designer Iwao Saito who ingenuously designed the house for the first movie; Visual Effects Supervisor Hajime Matsumoto who handled the three Japanese versions of Ju-On as well as the English-language version; and Editor Jeff Betancourt (When A Stranger Calls, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose). In addition, Cinematographer Katsumi Yanagijima who has made a name for himself in collaborating with respected Japanese writer/director Takeshi Kitano, in the recent cult classics Zaoitchi: The Blind Swordsman and Dolls, joins this talented group in his first English-language movie.

With the story still set in Tokyo, the production is shooting on location in various places around the metropolitan area as well as the famous Toho Studios, the largest sound stages in Japan. Filming began on Monday, Feb. 13, and is scheduled to wrap at the end of April. Columbia Pictures will release the movie on October 20, 2006, in the United States.

Mandate Pictures Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane executive produce alongside Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison. Matt Tolmach and Shannon Gaulding are overseeing the production for Columbia. Michael Kirk and Drew Crevello will oversee for Ghost House, with Shintaro Shimosawa, as a Co-Producer, overseeing for Vertigo Entertainment.

The Grudge 2 (2006) Cast:

Sarah Michelle Gellar Sarah Michelle Gellar Karen
Amber Tamblyn Amber Tamblyn Aubrey
Arielle Kebbel Arielle Kebbel Allison
Takako Fuji Takako Fuji Kayako
Edison Chen Edison Chen Eason
Sarah Roemer Sarah Roemer Lacey
Matthew Knight Matthew Knight Jake
Misako Uno Misako Uno Miyuki
Teresa Palmer Teresa Palmer Vanessa
Ohga Tanaka Ohga Tanaka Toshio
Yuya Ozeki Yuya Ozeki Toshio
Jennifer Beals Jennifer Beals Trish
Christopher Cousins Christopher Cousins Bill
Zen Kajihara Zen Kajihara Folklore Guy
Takashi Matsuyama Takashi Matsuyama Takeo

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