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Genre  Horror
Film series  Ju-on Film Series
Country  Japan
7.8/10 IMDb

Director  Takashi Shimizu
Screenplay  Takashi Shimizu
Language  Japanese
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Release date  1998 (1998) (as part of Gakko no Kaidan G)
Writer  Naruho Amino (Weekly Young Jump story "Kodama"), Hiroyuki Kakudo (animation sequence), Hiroshi Kogure (teleplay), Chiaki Konaka (structure), Tetsu Maeda (teleplay), Takashi Shimizu (teleplay), Hiroshi Takahashi (teleplay)
Cast  Takako Fuji, Ayako Omura, Kazushi Ando, Kanna Kashima, Daiki Sawada
Music director  Hitomi Shimizu, Gary Ashiya
Similar movies  Blackhat, Non-Stop, Dumb and Dumber, Salt, The Call, Ju-on: The Curse 2

Katasumi (片隅; In a Corner) and 4444444444 (Ten Fours) are two 1998 short Japanese horror films both directed by Takashi Shimizu, serving as prequels to the Ju-on series.


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Creation of the Ju-on series

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Takashi Shimizu first became involved with the Ju-on saga when writer and director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who was teaching a filmmaking class that Shimizu, then working as an assistant director, attended, was impressed by a three-minute short film Shimizu had written and directed.

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When Kurosawa learned that a producer he knew had just commissioned a feature length horror film for Kansai Telecasting Corporation, he recommended Shimizu for the job of directing one or more sections of the film. To complete this task, Shimizu wrote several scripts, each roughly thirty minutes in length, only to be asked to make two brief three minute segments (Katasumi and 4444444444), as the television movie was intended to be an anthology of short films. After being edited together, the collection of four shorts (one of which was helmed by Kurosawa) was titled Gakkô no kaidan G, which roughly translates to School Ghost Story G ("G" supposedly standing for "Great"). It was first broadcast on Kansai TV on September 27, 1998, and ran for around 70 minutes, meaning that Shimizu contributed to just under 10 percent of the finished product.

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While it is often claimed that the subsequent feature length video films Ju-on: The Curse and Ju-on: The Curse 2 are remakes of Katasumi and 4444444444, the two segments "are actually the foundations of Ju-on", according to Shimizu, and act "almost like the true prequel of the story." Katasumi, in particular, is notable for marking the first appearance of actress Takako Fuji (at this point anonymous) as Kayako Saeki, a role that she would reprise for every Ju-on production thereafter, up to The Grudge 2.


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Katasumi begins with two Japanese schoolgirls (revealed to be Kanna and Hisayo in the first Ju-on film) who are caring for their school's rabbits. They are sweeping out the cages and feeding the animals when Kanna cuts her hand, and Hisayo leaves her to go into the school and fetch a bandage.

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When she returns, Kanna is nowhere to be found. The rabbit cages are empty, and bits of blood and fur are strewn about. Hisayo then sees something that looks like a crawling woman (Kayako) begin to move towards her from the far side of the backyard. As she backs into a corner, she finds the body of Kanna amongst the debris from the damaged rabbit cages. She holds a trowel up defensively in front of herself while Kayako closes in upon her. Kanna then moves her bloody head, and looks on as the frightened Hisayo cowers in the corner and waits. The screen fades to black.

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4444444444 opens with a young man (revealed to be named Tsuyoshi in the first Ju-on film) riding his bicycle home. As he rounds a corner in front of an apparently abandoned building, he begins to hear a cell phone ringing, though he cannot see it. He hunts through a garbage pile next to the darkened entrance to the building, finding the phone after several rings. Upon closer examination, the phone is displaying an incoming call from the number 4444444444 (the numeral "4" is symbolic of bad luck in many Asian cultures, a phenomenon that is known as tetraphobia.). Tsuyoshi answers the phone to hear rasping, cat-like sounds issue from the earpiece. After unsuccessfully attempting to communicate with the unknown caller, he hangs up.

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Seconds later, the phone rings again, and again he answers. Tsuyoshi is getting frustrated at this point, and begins to look a little worried, as though someone might be playing a joke on him. As he sits on the steps in front of the deserted building, he continues to try to identify the caller. Looking around nervously, he asks, "Are you... Watching me?" Suddenly, a voice replies, "I am," though it does not come from the phone. Tsuyoshi turns slowly to see a pale boy (Toshio) beside him, drumming white fingers on his knees. Tsuyoshi looks startled, and the camera lingers on Toshio for a moment before zooming in quickly while he opens his mouth in a cat-like scream as a black substance drips from it.


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  • Ayako Omura as Hisayo Yoshida (as Ayako Oomura)
  • Kanna Kashima as Kanna Murakami
  • Takako Fuji as Kayako Saeki
  • '4444444444'

  • Kazushi Ando as Tsuyoshi Murakami
  • Daiki Sawada as Toshio Saeki
  • 'Shokki'

  • Aki Maeda as Ayumi
  • Masashi Muta as Shôta Hayakawa
  • Shungiku Uchida
  • 'Kodama'

  • Misa Yamaguchi
  • Asami Kanai
  • Kaori Tagami as Tajima / a schoolteacher
  • Shô Oikawa as Kodama
  • US release

    On May 17, 2005, Katasumi and 4444444444 were both released in the US for the first time, appearing as additional features on the unrated director's cut DVD of The Grudge. On this DVD, the short film Katasumi is retitled In a Corner.


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