Japanese Horror Cinema
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256pp. May 2005
Japanese Horror Cinema
Editor: McRoy, Jay;
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 traditions; the popular "avenging spirit" motif; the impact of atomic warfare, rapid industrialization, and apocalyptic rhetoric in 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.

Japanese Horror Cinema includes a preface by Christopher Sharrett; case studies of internationally renowned films such as Nakata Hideo’s Ringu, Ishii Takashi’s Freeze Me, and Fukasaku Kinji’s Battle Royale; and a filmography of Japanese horror films currently available in the U.S. and the U.K.

Contributors: Christopher Bolton, Phillip Brophy, Ian Conrich, Gareth Evans, Ruth Goldberg, Richard Hand, Steffen Hantke, Matt Hills, Frank Lafond, Graham Lewis, Jay McRoy, Xavier Mendik, Gary Needham, Steven Jay Schneider, Christopher Sharrett, Eric White, Tony Williams.

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"A well-researched and thought-provoking introduction to an increasingly fascinating genre." —Journal of Asian Studies

"Horror is one of the most fascinating and viscerally affecting genres in film; contemporary Japanese horror films present some of the most innovative, creative, and indeed disturbing examples of this genre. That much more work is waiting to be done is apparent even from the numbers of titles available in general distribution outside Japan—and that this current volume provides a sterling starting point for much of that work is also apparent from the range and clarity of the analyses it presents." —Journal of Japanese Studies (33:1, 2007)

Editor: McRoy, Jay;
Jay McRoy is assistant professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Parkside.



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