JU-ON: Origins

JU-ON: Origins is a Japanese horror streaming television series based on the Ju-On franchise.[1] The series premiered on Netflix on July 3, 2020.[2]

JU-ON: Origins
Genre
Based onJu-On by Takashi Shimizu
Written by
  • Hiroshi Takahashi
  • Takashige Ichise
Directed bySho Miyake
Starring
ComposerKuniaki Haishima
Country of originJapan
Original languageJapanese
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Toshinori Yamaguchi
  • Kazutaka Sakamoto
Producers
  • Takashige Ichise
  • Mikihiko Hirata
Editors
  • Yoshifumi Fukazawa
Camera setupHidetoshi Shinomiya
Running time26–31 minutes
Production companyW Field
Distributor
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (16:9 UHDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJuly 3, 2020 (2020-07-03) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Cast and charactersEdit

  • Yoshiyoshi Arakawa as Yasuo Odajima
    • Ouka Katou as Yasuo Odajima (5 years old)
  • Yuina Kuroshima as Haruka Honjo
  • Seiko Iwaido as the Woman in White
  • Koki Osamura as Yudai Katsuragi/Katsuji Kobayashi
  • Ririka as Kiyomi Kawai/Kumi Shigematsu
  • Nana Owada as Yoshie Minakami
  • Hitomi Hazuki as Mai Hyodo
  • Kaho Tsuchimura as Manami Kuze
  • Kana Kurashina as Kimie Ariyasu
  • Atsuki Yamada as Toshiki Shigematsu
  • Kai Inowaki as Tetsuya Fukazawa
  • Takemi Fujii as Yuka Tsujii
  • Izumi Matsuoka as Mina Kawai
  • Tomomitsu Adachi as Takumi Noguchi
  • Nobuko Sendo as Michiko Fukazawa
  • Ryota Matsushima as Keiichi Masaki
  • Shinsuke Kato as Nobuhiko Haida
  • Nana Yanagisawa as Keiko Haida
  • Ryushin Tei as Tamotsu Kosaka
  • Jui Nogimoto as Kazuha Odajima
  • Shiyun Nakamura as Atsushi Sasaki
  • Tokio Emoto as M
  • Haruka Kubo as Chie Masaki
  • Yuya Matsuura as Kokichi Odajima
  • Noriaki Kamata as Noriyasu Sako
  • Remi Niinai as Natsuki Ito
  • Atom Shukugawa as Yusaku Morozumi
  • Yura Anno as Tomoko Morozumi
  • Yoshiki Urayama as Hiroshi Sunada
  • Mihiro as Assistant to TV Show Host

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 1"Sho MiyakeHiroshi Takahashi, Takashige IchiseJuly 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
In 1988, paranormal investigator Yasuo Odajima appears in a talk show featuring actress Haruka Honjo, who relates a personal experience with the supernatural. Haruka's boyfriend, Tetsuya Fukazawa, is scouting for a potential house to move into upon marrying her. After a visit to one particular house, however, a woman in white carrying a baby begins haunting him. Meanwhile, high school student Kiyomi Kawai transfers to a new school upon the urging of her abusive mother, Mina. Kiyomi is invited by her newfound friends, Yoshie Minakami and Mai Hyodo, to go to the same house visited by Tetsuya. The girls are joined by Yudai Katsuragi, a male student from a neighboring school. Upon reaching the house, it is revealed that Yoshie and Mai are luring Kiyomi to be raped by Yudai.
2"Episode 2"Sho MiyakeHiroshi Takahashi, Takashige IchiseJuly 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
While Yudai is raping Kiyomi, Yoshie takes photos to blackmail her from reporting the act. During the event, Mai disappears. Kiyomi encounters the woman in white and screams, but when Yudai catches up to her, she suddenly throws herself sexually into him, apparently possessed by the woman. The trio leave the house without finding Mai. In the days after, Kiyomi snatches her rape photos before dating Yudai. Yoshie follows a lead to find Mai and ends up in a night club. She meets Mai, who leads her into the unknown. Kiyomi lures her teacher, Noguchi, to have sex with Mina. After the two did so, she blackmails Yudai into killing Mina by threatening to report the rape. Meanwhile, Haruka attends the funeral of Tetsuya, the latter having died mysteriously. Tetsuya's mother, Michiko, tells her that both she and her son are spiritually aware. That night, Michiko is haunted by Tetsuya's ghost.
3"Episode 3"Sho MiyakeHiroshi Takahashi, Takashige IchiseJuly 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
In 1994, Kiyomi and Yudai have changed their identities and are married with a five-year-old son, Toshiki. Yudai is abusive to Toshiki and frequently beats him up, attracting the attention of child protection agent Kimie Ariyasu. A year later, Odajima pursues Haruka again to ask her if she knows the location of the cursed house. Haruka decides to retake the case and visits Michiko, who agrees to perform a séance and ask Tetsuya's ghost. Although he gives the location, he warns the two women not to go into the house. The house itself has new occupants, a couple named Nobuhiko and Keiko Haida. Nobuhiko is cheating with Chie Masaki, a pregnant woman. Unbeknownst to them, Chie's husband, Keiichi, has been spying on them for a while. Meanwhile, Yudai's domestic abuse hits its nadir when he hits Toshiki with a telephone, sending him into a persistent vegetative state.
4"Episode 4"Sho MiyakeHiroshi Takahashi, Takashige IchiseJuly 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Odajima, Haruka, and Kimie team up to solve the haunted house case. Odajima admits that he used to live in the house and was motivated to write a book about it after his family died not long after they moved there. Before then, the house was occupied by a man named Hiroshi Sunada, who raped a woman. The woman killed him and gave birth to their baby, but it disappeared. Nobuhiko and Chie plan to murder their respective spouses so they can be together, with Chie drugging Keiichi so she can kill him. Before doing so, she reveals that her baby was fathered by Nobuhiko. Her plan goes awry when Keiichi puts up a fight. Keiichi overpowers Chie and murders her. He proceeds to cut open her womb and take the unborn fetus. With it, he goes to the Haida residence, where Nobuhiko has committed suicide after killing Keiko. Keiichi buries the fetus in the house's backyard. An unknown woman invites him to have dinner before he returns back home, finding that Chie's womb now contains a ringing telephone. Keiichi surrenders to the police, but he is attacked by the ghosts of Chie and their unborn child, the latter of whom eventually kills him. Meanwhile, Yudai is haunted by Toshiki's spirit.
5"Episode 5"Sho MiyakeHiroshi Takahashi, Takashige IchiseJuly 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
Yudai visits Kiyomi, whom he is estranged with, to ask her for drugs. She tells him that Toshiki is not their biological son, but rather a baby she adopted from the cursed house. Kiyomi then drowns Yudai in the bathtub before going to the house, where she has a breakdown. She is comforted by her long-dead friends Yoshie and Mai, who invite her to go with them. Odajima, Haruka, and Kimie continue pursuing the case and search for Kiyomi. After finding Yudai's corpse, Odajima, Haruka, and detective Kosaka go to the house to find photos of Kiyomi's rape in the living room. Odajima experiences visions of his childhood, in which his sister, Kazuha, was lured into the attic by the woman in white, who gave him her baby. It is revealed that the house seems to function beyond time and space, as the baby was in fact Toshiki, whose kidnapping by Kiyomi somehow happened in Odajima's past.
6"Episode 6"Sho MiyakeHiroshi Takahashi, Takashige IchiseJuly 3, 2020 (2020-07-03)
In 1997, the cursed house was sold to Yusaku and Tomoko Morozumi. The two initially refuse to heed Odajima's warning about the danger of the house, but later ask for his help after experiencing visions of the Haida murders, where it is revealed that Tomoko was the woman who invited Keiichi for dinner. Odajima and Haruka summon Michiko to conduct another séance, this time in the house's attic. Tomoko is terrorized by Sunada's spirit and sent to the hospital. Michiko's séance ends with her meeting the woman in white, causing her to scream in horror. It is then revealed that the house has a mechanism in case the people who inhabit it do not succumb to violence; when Yusaku attempts to leave house, he spontaneously explodes. Toshiki wakes up from his coma and, to her surprise, communicates with Kimie. The episode ends with Haruka burying the cassette tape containing the talk show interview with Odajima in the cursed house's backyard. When she is about to leave, Sunada grabs her from behind.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Everything We Know About Ju-On: Origins". 2020-06-01. Retrieved 2020-06-06.
  2. ^ "Ju-On: Origins - Official Trailer - Netflix" (in Japanese). 2020-05-11. Retrieved 2020-06-06.

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