"Go back to school, Toshio. You're not scary anymore."
- Mighty Peking Man
Ju-on 2 (2003)
AKA: The Grudge 2
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Writer: Takashi Shimizu
Cast: Noriko Sakai, Chiharu Niiyama, Kei Horie, Yui Ichikawa, Shingo Katsurayama
Running Time: 92 min.
Plot: Following the strange deaths at the Saeki homestead, an urban legend has been founded. The urban legend becomes so popular that famed horror master Keisuke wants to make a film out of the story and invites "horror queen" Kyoko Harase (Noriko Sakai) to star in his new film. While only relevant in theme, Keisuke's new film is of a ghost haunting a high school. To promote the film, Keisuke orchestrates an interview with "horror queen" Kyoko to be aired on a popular talk show. The interview is held at the Saeki house, which was the inspiration for Keisuke's project. But strange things soon start to happen...
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S REVIEW: They should have called this movie "Juon II: Overkill". Not only does it sound cool, but it's one hell of a double-pun. Like most people, I never expect sequels to be as good as their originals, but Juon 2 is too much of the same shit; only weaker. Much weaker. Like the first movie, we get some -- or should I say very less -- of those startling jump-out-of-your-seat moments; but this time, they're tiresome, uninventive and just plain stupid (unless you think "crawling hair" is first-class horror). If the two Juon TV-movies (released between the first film and this one) were crud, then Juon 2 isn't far behind. And this isn't a good thing.
It's going to be interesting what director Takashi Shimizu will do with his Hollywood remake of his very own "Juon". From the way things went on his sequel, he better stick to the original, frame-by-frame. Unless you're a fan of J-pop sensation Noriko Sakai OR if you want to see the sequel because you're a completest; then give it a shot. If anything, it's a good popcorn movie that'll scare the wenches for sure. But if you're expecting a solid sequel, then you'll probably be very disappointed; because Juon 2 feels more like Juon Part X (in other words, end the fucking thing already!).
Go back to school, Toshio. You're not scary anymore.
MIGHTY PEKING MAN'S RATING: 5/10