Tokyo Filming Locations #15 – The Grudge 2 (2006)

The Grudge‘ (2004) may have been a carbon copy of the Japanese movie ‘Ju-on‘ (2002) but this American sequel was not a re-make and follows a different storyline to that of ‘Ju-on 2‘ (2003). To date there have been 11 movies in this franchise (8 Japanese and 3 American) and amazingly all of them have been directed by Takashi Shimizu.

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Just reading the blurb on the back of ‘The Grudge 2‘ DVD gives you an idea of how lazy the storyline is. Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is back albeit in just a cameo role (just over five minutes in total) to help connect the two films in some vague way. Having failed to  burn the house down at the end of the first movie, her mother sends her other daughter Aubrey to Tokyo to bring Karen, who she hasn’t been talking to, back home.

The two sisters briefly speak but Karen panics and is restrained. She later escapes and flees through the hospital but inevitably the curse of the grudge catches up with her and throws her off the hospital roof where she lands in front of Aubrey and English-speaking journalist Eason (23 minutes) who by chance was the guy that rescued Karen from the house fire. That was filmed at Tamai Hospital Studio (below) at 1-4-1 Honmachi, Shibuya-ku.

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Nowadays it is an abandoned hospital which has been used to host themed events such as a ‘Resident Evil’ (‘Biohazard’) immersion event where participants had to escape the place, which was revamped to look like the settings from one of it’s video games.

Shibuya Crossing (below) appears on 33 minutes as it often does in many films made in Japan. There is a brief shot of the entrance to Center Gai street too.

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Just a short distance up the road from the crossing is the 109 building which international student Miyuki waits next to (below) for her boyfriend before they head to a love hotel where she meets her maker.

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Click here to read ‘The Grudge (2004) Filming Locations’ 

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Click here to read ‘Review: Films Set In Japan – The Grudge (2004)’

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Click here to read ‘Review: Films Set In Japan – The Grudge 2 (2006)’

Click here to read ‘Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (2006) Filming Locations’ 

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For other Japan filming locations click on the links below:

You Only Live Twice    Lost In Translation    Kill Bill    Babel    Godzilla    Walk Don’t Run  Into The Sun    Monster    Wasabi    The Ramen Girl   The Toxic Avenger Pt II    The Wolverine    Memoirs Of A Geisha    The Last Samurai    House Of Bamboo

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5 Responses to Tokyo Filming Locations #15 – The Grudge 2 (2006)

  1. Patrick 6 says:

    Your work Is as usual completely incredible ! Well done ! By the way I’m in Tokyo now and I was wondering where The Ring or Dark water have been shot. Do you have any idea ?

    • tokyofox says:

      Hey there Patrick! Sorry but got no idea where those were shot but I hope you find out soon. Let me know if/when you find out though as I’m always interested to see such location match-ups

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