Takashi Shimizu's direct-to-video follow-up to JU-ON: THE CURSE was available a few months after the first film, and much of its brief running time in taken up by footage from the original. JU-ON 2's first 20 minutes recaps the story of Kayako Saeki (Takako Fuji), whose obsession with former college classmate Shunsuke Kobayashi (Yurie Yanagi), now her six-year-old son Toshio's (Ryota Koyama) teacher, led her insanely jealous husband (Takashi Matsuyama) to murder her, their little boy and Kobayashi's pregnant wife (Yuue). Their deaths give birth to the "ju-on" (curse) that envelops the Saeki's home — an incongruously sunny, modern suburban house — and taints every subsequent tenant, as well as various unfortunates who are drawn its malevolent sphere of influence. The better part of the next 20 minutes recap the last segment of JU-ON, in which real estate agent Tatsuya Suzuki (Makoto Ashikawa) is warned by his sister, Kyoko (Yuuko Daike), who's sensitive to spirits, that he must be very careful about who he sells the house to. Tatsuya disregards her warning and sells it to Hiroshi Kitada (Hua Rong Wong) and his wife, Yoshimi Kitada (Kahori Fuji), and the first film ends with Kyoko's disturbing glimpse of Yoshimi at the window, and Tatsuya's worried remark that his school-age son, Nobuyuki (Tomohiro Kaku), has been acting strangely. JU-ON 2 picks up as Kyoko investigates the history of the cursed house, then goes to her brother's new apartment to discuss what she's discovered. She finds Nobu in a daze, and has a horrifying vision: Tatsuya's apartment once belonged to the Kobayashis, and their deaths created another center of vicious bad juju. A new series of vignettes follow the fates of Mrs. Kitada, who receives a mysterious package containing Kayako's diaries and one of Toshio's obsessive drawings of cats. Tatsuya and Kyoko's parents (Taizo Mizumura, Harumi Matsukaze) are sucked into the curse's vortex, as are two police detectives (Taro Suwa, Reita Serizawa) whose superior, Yoshikawa (Denden), investigated the deaths of the Murakami family in the first film. In JU-ON 2's last vignette, the voices of three teenage girls giggle and gossip over an extended long shot of the Saeki house. The sequence is meaningless unless you've seen the first film, in which case every inanity is charged with portentous significance. Though ultimately less gripping than JU-ON: THE CURSE, this bare-bones sequel contains some truly creepy images.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: NR
- Review: Takashi Shimizu's direct-to-video follow-up to JU-ON: THE CURSE was available a few months after the first film, and much of its brief running time in taken up by footage from the original. JU-ON 2's first 20 minutes recaps the story of Kayako Saeki (Takak… (more)