‘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.
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.
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.
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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