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Director: Mari Asato
Writers: Mari Asato (screenplay), Takashi Shimizu (story)
Stars: Kôji Seto, Kuniteru Shigeyama and Kana Tsugihara
What they say: JU-ON: WHITE GHOST tells the story of senior high school student Arkane whose strong ESP power induces him into seeing Mirai, the fragic ghost of an old school friend. JU-ON: BLACK GHOST tells the chilling story of a young woman called Fukie who discovers that she’s carrying an unborn ‘grudge’, which vengefully curses all those around her.
What I say: Here we have two Grudge film release separately in Japan, but the fine folks at Well GO USA have put them together on a single disc for us. They do not directly continue the storyline from the first two films but are side stories involving the curse. Both come from story ideas by Takashi Shimizu the creator of the series, but are done by other film makers. The films follow the same “fractured” storytelling from the main series and they try really hard to stand up to the originals.
They do a decent job, but the low budget does hurt a bit in the effects department. Also, they do not have the same skill that Takashi does in delivering the scares. Despite this both stories are very good and engaging. Black Ghost is the more horrific of the two while White Ghost is a little lighter but no less disturbing.
The picture quality was pretty good, as well as can be expected with the low budget presentation. The sound design was very well done.