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Toshio Saeki (played by Ohga Tanaka) in the Chicago Apartment featured in The Grudge 2.
|Age:||4 at death (Ju-on)
6 at death (The Grudge)
9 at death (2014 reboot)
|Race:||Japanese (later Onryō)|
1995 (The Grudge)
2005 (2014 reboot)
November 2001 (The Grudge)
2014 (2014 reboot)
|Family:||Takeo Saeki (father)
Kayako Saeki (mother)
Nakagawa Kawamata (grandmother; The Grudge only)
Naoko Kawamata (aunt; The Grudge only)
|Weapon of Choice:||Curse
|Portrayed by:||Daiki Sawada in Katasumi and 4444444444
Ryōta Koyama in Ju-on: The Curse & Ju-on: The Curse 2
Yuya Ozeki in Ju-on: The Grudge, Ju-on: The Grudge 2 & The Grudge
Garrett Masuda in Scary Movie 4
Ohga Tanaka in The Grudge 2
Shimba Tsuchiya in The Grudge 3
Shūsei Uto in Ju-on: White Ghost & "Ju-on: Black Ghost"
Kai Kobayashi in Ju-on: The Beginning of the End & Ju-on: The Final
Rintaro Shibamoto in Sadako vs. Kayako
Toshio Saeki (佐伯 俊雄 Saeki Toshio?) is a fictional character from the Ju-on franchise, created by Takashi Shimizu. He was played by several child actors, being Ryôta Koyama in the original two V-Cinema movies, Yuya Ozeki in the theatrical movies and The Grudge, Ohga Tanaka in The Grudge 2, Shimba Tsuchiya in The Grudge 3, Daiki Sawada in the short movie 4444444444, Kai Kobayashi in the 2014 Japanese reboot Ju-on: The Beginning of the End, and Garrett Masuda in the parody Scary Movie 4. He is characterized by his pitch-black eyes, pale skin, and the haunting meowing sounds he makes.
He can be considered the second main character in the series, behind of Kayako, his mother. His first appearance was in Takashi Shimizu's short movie 4444444444 and his haunting goes all through the franchise series in a house in Nerima, Japan. He is one of the fulfillers of the ju-on curse, which states that when someone dies amidst rage and intense wrath, those feelings remain at the death site and kill whoever it touches.
His next appearance was in The Grudge 3, played by Shimba Tsuchiya. He also has a guest appearance in Ju-on: Shiroi Rōjo and Ju-on: Kuroi Shōjo respectively, the 2009 Japanese sequels and both are played by Shūsei Uto.
Toshio has his first major appearance in the 2014 reboot Ju-on: The Beginning of the End and its sequel Ju-on: The Final Curse, where unlike the previous films, he is the main antagonist and the ultimate cause behind the curse.
History and characteristics
He has a teacher named Kobayashi in school who happened to be an old flame of his mother's, but who never really noticed Kayako. Takeo discovers a journal in which Kayako wrote of her love for Kobayashi. Blind with rage, he obsesses over the mistaken idea that Kayako is cheating on him, and that Toshio is not his son. He attacks Kayako when she comes home and violently kills her. Then he sees that Toshio had witnessed the murder, and locks him in the closet, leaving him to die. It is also implied that he killed Toshio's pet cat, Mar, before burying it in the dirt path beside the house.
This begins a curse upon that house, in which the ghosts of Kayako, Toshio and Takeo (who is killed by Kayako soon after her murder) attack people who enter in, re-enacting the murders and following the victims wherever they go. In no portrayal of the ghosts do victims ever attempt to fight back physically.
Toshio is often seen outside of the house without clothing and as chalk-white as his mother. He usually just haunts his victims instead of killing them. However, he is seen in The Grudge killing Jennifer and Matthew, Trish in The Grudge 2, and also kills Mr. Praski in The Grudge 3.
The 2014 reboot Ju-on: The Beginning of the End gives an entirely different backstory for Toshio and the Saeki family as a whole. In the film, before the Saeki family even moved in, there was another family who resided there: the Yamaga, whose eldest son, Toshio, was found dead in the second floor closet during a heat wave. Thus, the house's curse is not entirely caused by the Saeki family, as a group of four schoolgirls who visited the house were killed solely by Toshio. Toshio is also the ultimate cause of the Saeki murders, as he became Kayako's child by "entering" her womb, while she was frustrated by her inability to conceive a child with Takeo. Takeo eventually found the truth years afterward and killed his wife, igniting the curse to include Kayako as well. In the sequel, Ju-on: The Final Curse, it is revealed that Toshio is capable of controlling anyone claimed by the curse under his control, not just Kayako, as shown when he directs Yayoi to kill her sister, as well as Reo and her mother. He is also able to possess a person and leaving them at will; doing this ensures the survival of his second mortal incarnation long enough to be adopted by Reo's family, thus dooming them.
Differences between versions
- In the American remake, Takeo kills Toshio by drowning him in the bathtub. He even kills the cat with a utility knife. He puts Toshio's body in the closet and seals it with duct tape.
- In the Ju-on novel, Toshio hides in the attic from his father. Instead of coming after him, Takeo slams the cupboard door shut, leaving Toshio to starve to death. However, whilst in the attic, Toshio encounters the body (and the ghost) of his mother, so it is unknown if he did indeed starve, or if Kayako claimed him. Also in the novel, Toshio buries his own cat in the dirt, after both of their deaths.
- In the Ju-on films, Toshio is six years old at the time of his death. In the Grudge films, he was either seven or eight years old (the online newspaper article that Karen reads states Toshio's age as seven, but a link to another online article on the search engine she uses states Toshio's age as eight).
- In the Ju-on: The Beginning of the End reboot, there are two Toshio identified: Toshio Yamaga, who resided in the house nineteen years before the main timeline, and Toshio Saeki, who was reborn in Kayako's womb ten years before the main timeline. Toshio is also older than the previous continuities, being at least 9 years old at his death. While the backstory is completely changed as mentioned above, Toshio's pet cat, Mar, is still retained.