Ju-On: The Grudge

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Ju-On: The Grudge

Devil's Advocates


April 4th, 2017

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Takashi Shimizu's Ju-on franchise was a principal instigator in the rise of contemporary Japanese horror and its international popularity at the turn of the millennium. Following the success of Hideo Nakata's Ringu (1998), the first cinematic release of Ju-on: The Grudge in 2002 crystallized Japanese horror's rise to prominence and outlined the new decade's thematic interest in supernatural technology and fear of contagions, while skillfully navigating domestic social concerns, such as Japan's growing elderly population and domestic violence.
This Devil's Advocate explores the production roots of Ju-on The Grudge, followed by a critical reading of the film that highlights its essential themes and motifs, in addition to a section on cultural influences, before concluding with a section on Shimizu's continued involvement with the Ju-on franchise and its ongoing legacy. The book serves as an excellent primer for readers without prior knowledge of Japanese horror or the Ju-on film cycle, while providing fresh perspectives on the film that makes it equally appealing to J-horror aficionados.

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Marisa Hayes is a Franco-American film writer specializing in genre cinema, chiefly horror, sci-fi, and dance films. Her many writing credits include contributions to the Directory of World Cinema, Britain (2015).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Part 1: A curse is born-context and background12
Part 2: Origins of the curse - cultural influences22
Part 3: Nature of the curse - Analysis46
Part 4: New curses are born - legacy70
Appendix: The Ju-On Franchise84