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Jay McRoy

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May 1 2005
A critical introduction 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.

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This is a well written, deeply thought out publication. -- Bone Digger Horror News This is a well written, deeply thought out publication. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Jay McRoy is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Parkside. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An academic study of Japanese Horror Cinema Sept. 9 2005
By Zack Davisson - Published on Amazon.com
The recent surge of popularity in Japanese horror cinema has not been accompanied by books examining and illuminating the phenomena. Very little has been written on what is an elusive and complicated world.

Filling this gap, "Japanese Horror Cinema" is an academic study of the various worlds of Japanese horror cinema, an assemblage of essays by various authors each elucidating one of four essential topics. The essays are mainly sociologically based, involving more of the psychology of Japanese fear rather than cinematography or film-studies based. Each focus area is accompanied by a case study of an individual horror film or series.

"History, Tradition and Japanese Horror Cinema" looks at films from a historical basis, looking at the evolution and foundation of Japanese Horror Cinema. The aesthetics of cruelty is shown from traditional Japanese theatre such as Kabuki and Noh, and how they relate to modern-day horror. The case study for this section is Nakata Hideo's "Ringu" and "Ringu 2."

"Gender, Terror and the "Avenging Spirit" Motif in Japanese Horror Cinema" looks at Japanese Horror under Western eyes as well as Anime Horror and the Japanese interpretation of the rape/revenge genre. The case study for this section is Ishii Takashi's "Freeze Me."

"National Anxieties and Cultural Fears in Japanese Horror Cinema" looks at Japanese body-horror and technophobia as seen in films such as "Tetsuo the Iron Man"

and "Pinnochio 964." The case study for this section is Fukasaku Kinji's "Battle Royale."

"Japanese Horror Cinema and the the Production and Consumption of Fear" looks at not only the selling of modern horror, but the interpretation of Japanese Horror Cinema by US internet-based fan communities. The case study for this section is Shimizu Takashi's "Ju-On: The Grudge."

The book is very academic in nature, and probably not well-suited for casual fans looking to geek out on their favorite fright flicks. However, for those seeking a greater insight into the psychology of Japanese Horror Cinema, there are few better books on the market in this largely unexplored area.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stong and accessible academic writing Sept. 11 2007
By A. Kushner - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an excellent collection of thoughtful and engaging criticism on contemporary Japanese horror cinema. Its appropriate for university classrooms as well as for individual consumption by film buffs. If you enjoy insightful discussions of this incredibly popular film genre, pick up a copy of this book.
7 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Postmodern Drivel Oct. 31 2006
By Deep Desert - Published on Amazon.com
The essays in this book attempt to explain the recent popularity of J-horror among Japanese and America audiences but they are simply too dense and full of postmodern jargon to be effective for use in any class. I was hoping for more discussion of the influences of Japanese folklore and supernatural stories. Also reveals the anti-American bias of academia (Battle Royale II is superior to Saving Private Ryan for courageously re-enacting the fall of the World Trade Center towers!). Avoid unless you really are into this kind of reading.

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