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THE GRUDGE 2
USA: Sony Pictures Releasing
UK: UIP (UK)
Cast: Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, Jennifer Beals, Edison Chen, Sarah Roemer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Teresa Palmer, Jenna Dewan, Takako Fuji, Ryo Ishibashi, Ohga Tanaka, Matthew Knight, Christopher Cousins, Joanna Cassidy
Director: Takashi Shimizu
USA: 95 mins
UK: 102 mins
USA Rated: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, disturbing images/terror/violence, and some sensuality
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong supernatural horror and threat
USA Release Date: 13 October 2006
UK Release Date: 20 October 2006
Eerie thriller THE GRUDGE 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to the 2004 hit THE GRUDGE, which earned over $188 million in worldwide box office receipts, stars Amber Tamblyn (JOAN OF ARCADIA) with Sarah Michelle Gellar returning briefly in the memorable role of Karen. Now the dark secrets behind the revenge-seeking grudge's wrath diversify as the terrifying supernatural curse is unleashed on a group of seemingly unrelated victims, moving out of the burned-out house and spreading everywhere.
THE GRUDGE 2 carries the infectious, vengeful curse forward as it attacks a group of seemingly unrelated individuals: Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn) discovers from her bed-ridden mother, Mrs Davis (Joanna Cassidy), that her sister Karen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is in a hospital in Japan. She also finds out that Karen is under investigation for the death of her boyfriend in a fire she started in a house located in Tokyo. Since Mrs. Davis is too ill to make the trip, she asks Aubrey to go to Tokyo and bring her sister home.
Shortly after she arrives in Tokyo, reporter and photographer, Eason (Edison Chen), seeks out Aubrey to warn her that her sister, Karen, is in the thrall of something unseen and dangerous.
Allison (Arielle Kebbel) attends an international school in Tokyo. Desperately trying to fit in with the school's "in" crowd, Vanessa (Teresa Palmer) and Miyuki (Misako Uno), she is willing to do anything they ask to get in with them - even if it means going into a mysterious burned-down house, which was the site of several unexplained murders and strange disappearances.
The young introverted Jake (Matthew Knight) isn't happy that his widowed father Bill (Christopher Cousins) is engaged to Trish (Jennifer Beals). Still mourning the death of his mother, he cannot understand why his older sister Lacey (Sarah Roemer) gets on so well with their soon-to-be stepmother. He also doesn't understand why one of his next-door neighbors is being so elusive. It seems that everyone in his apartment building is acting stranger and stranger.
One by one, they are infected by the malevolent curse known as "The Grudge," which is quickly moving out of the burned-down house in Tokyo and spreading to everyone who crosses its path.
Takashi Shimizu directs again from a screenplay written by Stephen Susco. The producers are Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. Japanese actress Takako Fuji reprises her role as the terrorizing Kayako, Ryo Ishibashi returns in a cameo as Detective Nakagawa and 9 year-old Ohga Tanaka takes on the role of the tortured Toshio. Edison Chen (INFERNAL AFFAIRS), Arielle Kebbel (AQUAMARINE), Teresa Palmer (DECEMBER BOYS), Sarah Roemer (upcoming DISTURBIA), Jenna Dewan (TAKE THE LEAD), Matthew Knight (THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED), Christopher Cousins (WICKER PARK), Jennifer Beals (THE L WORD) and Joanna Cassidy (SIX FEET UNDER) make up the rest of the ensemble cast.