Ju-on: White Ghost/Black Ghost

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2009

Old Lady in White (Ju-on: Shiroi rôjo): Directed and screenplay by Ryûta Miyake
Girl in Black (Ju-on: Kuroi shôjo) : Directed and screenplay by Mari Asato

White Ghost/Black Ghost is a compilation of two films set in the Ju-on/The Grudge (for the English speaking audience) universe. Though never making reference to the original series, these films, both shot by different directors, share a similar story to the original. They were released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the series’ release.

White Ghost or Old Lady in White, originally titled in Japanese, is the tale of a man who is ridiculed by his family for failing to pass an exam and proceeds to brutally murder them. A curse is then created that affects the lives of many individuals.

This film is presented on a non linear order and focuses on following each character in the story, one at a time. In addition to being non sequential, the story is told through two separate timelines that intertwine and leave the audience to piece together the puzzle.

This film appears to favor unexpected scares to seemingly random entities, such as a distorted old woman carrying a basketball; however, all of this is explained throughout the film. The majority of the film’s tension is found in waiting for another scare rather than atmosphere and tone. Since the film runs for just under an hour, this method keeps the audience on their toes and does not get boring.

White Ghost is an enjoyable and spooky film that sets a strong tone for the first half of this double feature.

Rating: 7/10

Black Ghost or Girl in Black shares several elements with its counterpart, including the non linear style of storytelling. This film, however, features a much more simple and straight forward story that follows along the lines of The Unborn and other such supernatural films. A curse is born from a child that was absorbed by its twin in the womb. The curse then spreads to inflict its wrath on several others.

While having a bit higher production value and a few moments of CG, this film is not as enjoyable as the first in nearly every regard. Aside from attempts to pull the audience into the atmosphere of the film, this is nothing more than the standard supernatural horror flick.

Black Ghost provided a bit of a disappointing conclusion to this combo and left the audience lingering for more of the first film.

Rating: 4/10

10 comments:

  1. the original Ju-on is the creepiest movie i have ever seen :/

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  2. I like your site here, really good stuff. As a connoisseur of the Horror genre, I've seen all the movies you've reviewed here. Good stuff! +1 follow

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  3. great site i love some these movies , some ive seen , some i havent but i will see a bunch more

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  4. The originals japanese movies are 4342x better then the americans remakes. The remakes of the japanese movies are fucking stupids

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  6. Where can i find some trailers ?

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  7. I have trouble getting into Japanese horror

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