Introduction to Japanese Horror Film
By (author) Colette Balmain
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Introduction to Japanese Horror Film by Colette Balmain
Book DescriptionThis book is a major historical and cultural overview of an increasingly popular genre. Starting with the cultural phenomenon of Godzilla, it explores the evolution of Japanese horror from the 1950s through to contemporary classics of Japanese horror cinema such as Ringu and Ju-On: The Grudge. Divided thematically, the book explores key motifs such as the vengeful virgin, the demonic child, the doomed lovers and the supernatural serial killer, situating them within traditional Japanese mythology and folk-tales. The book also considers the aesthetics of the Japanese horror film, and the mechanisms through which horror is expressed at a visceral level through the use of setting, lighting, music and mise-en-scene. It concludes by considering the impact of Japanese horror on contemporary American cinema by examining the remakes of Ringu, Dark Water and Ju-On: The Grudge. The emphasis is on accessibility, and whilst the book is primarily marketed towards film and media students, it will also be of interest to anyone interested in Japanese horror film, cultural mythology and folk-tales, cinematic aesthetics and film theory. Key Features: *Covers classics of Japanese horror film such as Pitfall, Tales of Ugetsu, Kwaidan, Onibaba, Hellish Love and Empire of Desire alongside less well-known cult films such as Pulse, St John's Wort, Infection and Living Hell: A Japanese Chainsaw Massacre. *Includes analysis of the relationship between cultural mythology and the horror film. *Explores the evolution of the erotic ghost story in the 1960s and 1970s. *Examines the contemporary relationship between Japanese horror film and American horror. *Contains 9 B&W film stills.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748624751
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Colette Balmain
Introduction to Japanese Horror Film, Paperback (January 2015)
Since 2008, there has been a much talked about decline in Japanese horror cinema. However this perception of decline is largely based upon Western distribution and visibility of the genre, rather than the state of Japanese horror itself. This book updates the historical and cultural overview of the popular genre of Japanese horror.
Directory of World Cinema: South Korea, Paperback (July 2012)» View all books by Colette Balmain
Offers an overview of South Korea's film industry. In addition to the action and horror films usually considered in studies of South Korean cinema, this title also examines genres that have traditionally lacked critical attention, including romantic comedies and gay and lesbian features.
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Author Biography - Colette Balmain
Colette Balmain is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Buckinghamshire New University.
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