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Contemporary Japanese Cinema Since Hana-Bi$
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Adam Bingham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748683734

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748683734.001.0001

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Japanese Horror Cinema

Japanese Horror Cinema

Chapter:
(p.63) 3. Japanese Horror Cinema
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Contemporary Japanese Cinema Since Hana-Bi
Author(s):

Adam Bingham

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748683734.003.0004

This chapter seeks to address some of the major contributions to what has become Japan’s most internationally visible and celebrated genre since Ringu: the J-horror film. It covers discourse on films such as Kairo and the Ju-on series - on their specific contribution to horror cinema re: haunted houses, disease and gothic tropes - but attempts to highlight points that have not been addressed, such as how work done by Barbara Creed on monstrous femininity can be applied to Japanese horror, and how this impacts upon gender-based issues that pertain specifically to Japanese society. It also considers technology, and how new modes of filmmaking such as digital cinema have been utilized and thematized as part of a larger psychoanalytical framework that suggests Lacanian conceptions of subject formation.

Keywords:   Ring, Nakata Hideo, Ju-on, Shimizu Takashi, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Digital cinema, Lacan, Gender, Monstrous feminine, Psychoanalysis

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