Japanese Horror Cinema

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-03-24
  • Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr

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A much-needed critical introduction to some of the most important Japanese horror films produced over the last fifty years, Japanese Horror Cinema provides an insightful examination of the tradition's most significant trends and themes. The book examines the genre's dominant aesthetic, cultural, political and technological underpinnings, and individual chapters address key topics such as: the debt Japanese horror films owe to various Japanese theatrical and literary traditions; the popular 'avenging spirit' motif; the impact of atomic warfare, rapid industrialisation and apocalyptic rhetoric on Japanese visual culture; the extents to which changes in the economic and social climate inform representations of monstrosity and gender; the influence of recent shifts in audience demographics; and the developing relations (and contestations) between Japanese and 'Western' (Anglo-American and European) horror film tropes and traditions. Extensive coverage of the central thematic concerns and stylistic traits of Japanese horror cinema makes this volume an indispensable text for a myriad of film and cultural studies courses.Features:* Includes a preface by Christopher Sharrett* Each chapter covers a fundamental aspect of Japanese horror cinema and is written by an expert in the field* Case studies include internationally renowned films such as Nakata Hideo's Ringu, Ishii Takashi's Freeze Meand Fukasaku Kinji's Battle Royale* Appendices feature an interview with maverick filmmaker Miike Takashi and a filmography of Japanese horror films currently available in the UK and US.

Table of Contents

Preface : Japanese horror cinema
Introductionp. 1
History, tradition and Japanese horror cinema
Aesthetics of cruelty : traditional Japanese theatre and the horror filmp. 18
The nightmare of romantic passion in three classic Japanese horror filmsp. 29
Case study : Nakata Hideo's Ringu and Ringu 2p. 38
Gender, terror and the 'avenging spirit' motif in Japanese horror cinema
Japanese horror under Western eyes : social class and global culture in Miike Takashi's Auditionp. 54
Anime horror and its audience : 3x3 eyes and Vampire Princess Miyup. 66
Case study : Ishii Takashi's Freeze me and the rape-revenge filmp. 77
National anxieties and cultural fears in Japanese horror cinema
Metal-morphosis : post-industrial crisis and the tormented body in the Tetsuo filmsp. 95
Cultural transformation, corporeal prohibitions and body horror in Sato Hisayasu's Naked bloodp. 107
Pinnochio 964, Death powder and the post-human conditionp. 120
Case study : Battle royale's apocalyptic millennial warningp. 130
Japanese horror cinema and the production and consumption of fear
Arashi ga oka (Onimaru) : the sound of the world turned inside outp. 150
Ringing the changes : cult distinctions and cultural differences in US fans' readings of Japanese horror cinemap. 161
Case study : cinematic hybridity in Shimizu Takashi's Ju-on : the grudgep. 175
Filmography : Japanese horror films and their DVD availability in the UK and USp. 185
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