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Over the last two decades, Japanese filmmakers have produced some of the most important and innovative works of cinematic horror.

Author: Jay McRoy

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042023314

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 219

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Over the last two decades, Japanese filmmakers have produced some of the most important and innovative works of cinematic horror. At once visually arresting, philosophically complex, and politically charged, films by directors like Tsukamoto Shinya (Tetsuo: The Iron Man [1988] and Tetsuo II: Body Hammer [1992]), Sato Hisayasu (Muscle [1988] and Naked Blood [1995]) Kurosawa Kiyoshi (Cure [1997], Seance [2000], and Kairo [2001]), Nakata Hideo (Ringu [1998], Ringu II [1999], and Dark Water [2002]), and Miike Takashi (Audition [1999] and Ichi the Killer [2001]) continually revisit and redefine the horror genre in both its Japanese and global contexts. In the process, these and other directors of contemporary Japanese horror film consistently contribute exciting and important new visions, from postmodern reworkings of traditional avenging spirit narratives to groundbreaking works of cinematic terror that position depictions of radical or `monstrous? alterity/hybridity as metaphors for larger socio-political concerns, including shifting gender roles, reconsiderations of the importance of the extended family as a social institution, and reconceptualisations of the very notion of cultural and national boundaries.ContentsList of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: `New Waves?, Old Terrors, and Emerging Fears Guinea Pigs and Entrails: Cultural Transformations and Body Horror in Japanese Torture Film Cultural Transformation, Corporeal Prohibitions and Body Horror in Sato Hisayasu's Naked Blood and Muscle Ghosts of the Present, Spectres of the Past: The kaidan and the Haunted Family in the Cinema of Nakata Hideoand Shimizu Takashi A Murder of Doves: Youth Violence and the Rites of Passing in Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema Spiraling into Apocalypse: Sono Shion's Suicide Circle, Higuchinsky's Uzumaki and Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Pulse New Terrors, Emerging Trends, and the Future of Japanese Horror CinemaWorks Cited and Consulted Index
2008-01 By Jay McRoy

... came crashing down and turned into a nightmare. Japan's extraordinary successes, beginning in the 1860s with the building of a modern administrative ...

Author: Ezra F. Vogel

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674240766

Category: History

Page: 480

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China and Japan have cultural and political connections that stretch back 1,500 years. But today they need to reset their strained relationship. Ezra Vogel underscores the need for Japan to offer a thorough apology for its atrocities during WWII, but he also urges China to recognize Japan as a potential vital partner in the region.
2019-07-30 By Ezra F. Vogel

Japan clumsily made up for the dive-bombing of the USS Panay by publicly apologizing and paying reparations. ... The army's logistics were a nightmare.

Author: Peter J. Woolley

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781612342573

Category: History

Page: 216

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Geography, this author contends, is the indisputably unique feature of any country. Geography and Japan's Strategic Choices begins by explaining Japan's unique location and topography in comparison to other countries. Peter Woolley then examines the ways in which the country's political leaders in various eras understood and acted on those geographical limitations and advantages. Proceeding chronologically through several distinct political eras, the book compares the Tokugawa era, the opening to the West, the Meiji Restoration, the long era of colonialization, industrialization and liberalization, the militarist reaction and World War II, the occupation, the Cold War, and finally the rudderless fin de siecle. Finally Woolley demonstrates how Japan's strategic situation in the twenty-first century is informed by past and present geo-strategic calculations as well as by current domestic and international changes. For students and scholars of U.S.-Japan relations and of Japanese history and politics, this book offers any informed reader a fresh perspective on a critical international relationship.
2014-05-27 By Peter J. Woolley

Jay McRoy, "Japan's Screaming: Recent Trends in Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema," in Nightmare Japan: New Essays on Japanese Horror Cinema, ed.

Author: Barry Keith Grant

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810850133

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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The original edition of Planks of Reason was the first academic critical anthology on horror. In retrospect, it appeared as a kind of homage to the "golden age" of the American horror film, as this genre played an increasing role in film culture and American life. This revised edition retains the spirit of the original, but also offers new takes on rediscovered classics and recent developments in the genre.

Nightmare Japan: Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema (McRoy) offersa more sustained engagement with contemporary Japanese horror's function as cultural ...

Author: Valerie Wee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134109692

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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The Ring (2002)—Hollywood’s remake of the Japanese cult success Ringu (1998)—marked the beginning of a significant trend in the late 1990s and early 2000s of American adaptations of Asian horror films. This book explores this complex process of adaptation, paying particular attention to the various transformations that occur when texts cross cultural boundaries. Through close readings of a range of Japanese horror films and their Hollywood remakes, this study addresses the social, cultural, aesthetic and generic features of each national cinema’s approach to and representation of horror, within the subgenre of the ghost story, tracing convergences and divergences in the films’ narrative trajectories, aesthetic style, thematic focus and ideological content. In comparing contemporary Japanese horror films with their American adaptations, this book advances existing studies of both the Japanese and American cinematic traditions, by: illustrating the ways in which each tradition responds to developments in its social, cultural and ideological milieu; and, examining Japanese horror films and their American remakes through a lens that highlights cross-cultural exchange and bilateral influence. The book will be of interest to scholars of film, media, and cultural studies.
2013-10-23 By Valerie Wee

Considering the role of horror films in Japan is useful because, as Jay McRoy argues in Nightmare Japan: Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema, ...

Author: Matthew Hodge

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527560055

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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In this unique volume, a number of scholars spanning diverse areas and backgrounds offer fresh insight into how perceived concepts of horror and dark subject matter influence cultures and societies around the world. The contributions here explore how topics considered disturbing, mysterious, or fascinating are found not only in works of fiction and entertainment, but also in the cultural fabrics, belief systems, artistic creations, and even governmental structures of societies. Topics discussed in this book include witchcraft, voodoo, zombies, spiritualism, serial killers, monsters, cemeteries, pop culture entertainment, and the sublime in transcendental experiences. As the academic study of horror becomes more mainstream, collections such as this are instrumental in realizing just how much it impacts our lives—past, present, future, and imaginary. Thus, this volume of intriguing and profound topics offers scholars, students, and lovers of learning a much-needed fresh and innovative intellectual exploration of the horror genre and the cultural fascination with the mysterious unknown.
2020-09-28 By Matthew Hodge

58 Chon Noriega, 'Godzilla and the Japanese Nightmare: When Them! is U.S.', Cinema Journal, Vol. 27, no.1 (Fall 1987), pp. 63– 77, esp. pp. 65–6.

Author: Morris Low

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134195824

Category: Social Science

Page: 216

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Sixty years on from the end of the Pacific War, Japan on Display examines representations of the Meiji emperor, Mutsuhito (1852-1912) and his grandson the Showa emperor, Hirohito who was regarded as a symbol of the nation, in both war and peacetime. Much of this representation was aided by the phenomenon of photography. The introduction and development of photography in the nineteenth century coincided with the need to make Hirohito’s grandfather, the young Meiji Emperor, more visible. Photo books and albums became a popular format for presenting seemingly objective images of the monarch, reminding the Japanese of their proximity to the Emperor, and the imperial family. In the twentieth century, these 'national albums’ provided a visual record of wars fought in the name of the Emperor, while also documenting the reconstruction of Tokyo, scientific expeditions, and imperial tours. Drawing on archival documents, photographs, and sources in both Japanese and English, this book throws new light on the history of twentieth-century Japan and the central role of Hirohito. With Japan’s defeat in the Pacific War, the Emperor was transformed from wartime leader to peace-loving scientist. Japan on Display seeks to understand this reinvention of a more 'human’ Emperor and the role that photography played in the process.
2006-09-27 By Morris Low

McRoy, Nightmare Japan, 2. 34. Colette Balmain, “Inside the Well of Loneliness; Towards a Definition of the Japanese Horror Film,” Journal of Contemporary ...

Author: Barbara Brodman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781611478655

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 274

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This book presents the supernatural as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk characters, their literary representations, or popular media. Instead, we move around the world and into the twenty-first century, reshaping legends into a post-modern image that is psychologically and socially relevant.
2016-04-20 By Barbara Brodman

Contemporary Cinema, Volume 4: Nightmare Japan: Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi. Marquez, G. G., 1970.

Author: Adam Bingham

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748683741

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This book studies the key genres in contemporary Japanese cinema through analysis of their key representative films. It considers both those films whose generic lineage is clearly definable (samurai, yakuza, horror) as well as the singularity of several recent trends in the country's filmmaking (such as magic realist filmmaking).
2015-06-23 By Adam Bingham

He is the editor of Japanese Horror Cinema and the author of Nightmare Japan. Jared Miracle is a lecturer in the College of Foreign Languages at Ocean ...

Author: Salvador Jimenez Murguía

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442261679

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 422

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The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films covers virtually every horror film made in Japan from the past century to date. In addition to entries on productions, both major and modest, this encyclopedia also includes entries for notable directors, producers, and actors. Each film entry includes comprehensive details, situates the film in the context and history of Japanese horror cinema, and includes brief suggestions for further reading. Although emphasizing horror as a general theme, this encyclopedia also encompasses other genres that are associated with this theme, including Comedy Horror, Science Fiction Horror, Cyber-punk Horror, Ero Guru (Erotic Grotesque), and Anime Horror. The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films is a comprehensive reference volume that will appeal to both cinema scholars as well as to the many fans of this popular genre.

Nightmare Japan: Contemporary Japanese Cinema. New York: Rodopi, 2008. Nagatomo, Shigenori. “Japanese Zen Buddhist Philosophy,” in The Stanford Encyclopedia ...

Author: Matthew Edwards

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476620206

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 300

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Seventy years after the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan is still dealing with the effects of the bombings on the national psyche. From the Occupation Period to the present, Japanese cinema had offered a means of coming to terms with one of the most controversial events of the 20th century. From the monster movies Gojira (1954) and Mothra (1961) to experimental works like Go Shibata’s NN-891102 (1999), atomic bomb imagery features in all genres of Japanese film. This collection of new essays explores the cultural aftermath of the bombings and its expression in Japanese cinema. The contributors take on a number of complex issues, including the suffering of the survivors (hibakusha), the fear of future holocausts and the danger of nuclear warfare. Exclusive interviews with Go Shibata and critically acclaimed directors Roger Spottiswoode (Hiroshima) and Steven Okazaki (White Light/Black Rain) are included.
2018-07-24 By Matthew Edwards

Final Days: Japanese Culture and Choice at the End of Life. ... Nightmare Japan Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Author: Katarzyna Marak

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786496662

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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Horror fiction is an important part of the popular culture in many modern societies. This book compares and contrasts horror narratives from two distinct cultures--American and Japanese--with a focus on the characteristic mechanisms that make them successful, and on their culturally-specific aspects. Including a number of narratives belonging to film, literature, comics and video games, this book provides a comprehensive perspective of the genre. It sheds light on the differences and similarities in the depiction of fear and horror in America and Japan, while emphasizing narrative patterns in the context of their respective cultures.
2014-10-31 By Katarzyna Marak

Janice Matsumura, More than aMomentary Nightmare: The Yokohama Incident and Wartime Japan (Ithaca,New York: CornellEast Asia Series, ...

Author: Christopher Keaveney

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137364111

Category: History

Page: 254

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Yamamoto Sanehiko's (1885-1952) achievements as a publisher, writer, and politician in the interwar period served as both a catalyst and a template for developments after the wars. While exploring the accomplishments the compelling figure, this study sheds new light on the social, cultural, and political changes that occurred in postwar Japan.
2013-12-05 By Christopher Keaveney

In fact, Japanese Foreign Ministry bureaucrats had long worried about just such an eventuality. They had come to refer to it as “Asakai's nightmare” after ...

Author: Robert Hoppens

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472575487

Category: History

Page: 288

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The 1970s were a period of dramatic change in relations between Japan and the People's Republic of China (PRC). The two countries established diplomatic relations for the first time, forged close economic ties and reached political agreements that still guide and constrain relations today. This book delivers a history of this foundational period in Sino-Japanese relations. It presents an up-to-date diplomatic history of the relationship but also goes beyond this to argue that Japan's relations with China must be understood in the context of a larger “China problem” that was inseparable from a domestic contest to define Japanese national identity. The China Problem in Postwar Japan challenges some common assertions or assumptions about the role of Japanese national identity in postwar Sino-Japanese relations, showing how the history of Japanese relations with China in the 1970s is shaped by the strength of Japanese national identity, not its weakness.
2015-01-29 By Robert Hoppens

... J-horā no yūrei kenkyū (Musashino: Akiyama Shoten, 2010); Jay McRoy, Nightmare Japan: Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema (Amsterdam; New York, ...

Author: Steven T. Brown

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319706290

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 330

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Japanese Horror and the Transnational Cinema of Sensations undertakes a critical reassessment of Japanese horror cinema by attending to its intermediality and transnational hybridity in relation to world horror cinema. Neither a conventional film history nor a thematic survey of Japanese horror cinema, this study offers a transnational analysis of selected films from new angles that shed light on previously ignored aspects of the genre, including sound design, framing techniques, and lighting, as well as the slow attack and long release times of J-horror’s slow-burn style, which have contributed significantly to the development of its dread-filled cinema of sensations.
2018-02-05 By Steven T. Brown

“Movements in Context: Thick Networks and Japanese Environmental Protest. ... “Accident Makes Japan Re-Examine A-Plants. ... “Japan's Nuclear Nightmare.

Author: Pradyumna Karan

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813124889

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 303

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In light of increasing evidence demonstrating the irreparable damage humans have inflicted on the planet, some have adopted a defeatist attitude toward environmental crises. Local Environmental Movements: A Comparative Study of the United States and Japan illustrates how local groups in both Japan and the United States are refusing to surrender the earth to a depleted and polluted fate. Drawing on a series of case studies, a team of scholars from across the world discusses the efforts by grassroots organizations to promote sustainable development that respects the need for environmental protection and cultural preservation.
2008-07-25 By Pradyumna Karan

8 According to journalist Funabashi Yoichi, “the first nightmare for Japan, the hostility between China and the United States, emerged.

Author: G. Rozman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230603158

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Japanese leaders and often the media too have substituted symbols for strategy in dealing with Asia. This comprehensive review of four periods over twenty years exposes the strategic gap in viewing individually and collectively China, Taiwan, the Korean peninsula, Russia, Central Asia, and regionalism.
2007-01-22 By G. Rozman

Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 103–22; J. McRoy (2008) Nightmare Japan: Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 135–70; ...

Author: Joram ten Brink

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231850247

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Cinema has long shaped not only how mass violence is perceived but also how it is performed. Today, when media coverage is central to the execution of terror campaigns and news anchormen serve as embedded journalists, a critical understanding of how the moving image is implicated in the imaginations and actions of perpetrators and survivors of violence is all the more urgent. If the cinematic image and mass violence are among the defining features of modernity, the former is significantly implicated in the latter, and the nature of this implication is the book's central focus. This book brings together a range of newly commissioned essays and interviews from the world's leading academics and documentary filmmakers, including Ben Anderson, Errol Morris, Harun Farocki, Rithy Phan, Avi Mograbi, Brian Winston, and Michael Chanan. Contributors explore such topics as the tension between remembrance and performance, the function of moving images in the execution of political violence, and nonfiction filmmaking methods that facilitate communities of survivors to respond to, recover, and redeem a history that sought to physically and symbolically annihilate them
2013-01-08 By Joram ten Brink

Nightmare Japan: Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema. Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi. Mellen, Joan. 1976. The Waves at Genji's Door: Japan through Its Cinema.

Author: Jennifer Coates

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789888208999

Category: Social Science

Page: 244

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One distinctive feature of post-war Japanese cinema is the frequent recurrence of imagistic and narrative tropes and formulaic characterizations in female representations. These repetitions are important, Jennifer Coates asserts, because sentiments and behaviours forbidden during the war and post-war social and political changes were often articulated by or through the female image. Moving across major character types, from mothers to daughters, and schoolteachers to streetwalkers, Making Icons studies the role of the media in shaping the attitudes of the general public. Japanese cinema after the defeat is shown to be an important ground where social experiences were explored, reworked, and eventually accepted or rejected by the audience emotionally invested in these repetitive materials. An examination of 600 films produced and distributed between 1945 and 1964, as well as numerous Japanese-language sources, forms the basis of this rigorous study. Making Icons draws on an art-historical iconographic analysis to explain how viewers derive meanings from images during this peak period of film production and attendance in Japan. ‘It is very difficult not to heap superlatives upon Making Icons. This splendid work sheds a shining light on the situation of women in post-war Japan, and on post-war Japan itself. Not only is this a deft reading of text and context, it expands the very notion of context, seeing stardom through the lens of filmic and extra-filmic texts. A must-read for anyone interested in Japanese cinema.’ —David Desser, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‘This is a compelling book. I am excited by Jennifer Coates’s art-historically informed iconographic approach towards female representation in post-war Japanese cinema. Making Icons will certainly make a splash in the field of Japanese film studies.’ —Daisuke Miyao, Professor and the Hajime Mori Chair in Japanese Language and Literature, University of California, San Diego
2016-10-01 By Jennifer Coates

As he details, a combination of extremely good fortune and hard work just barely prevented a total meltdown of all of Fukushima’s reactor units, which would have necessitated the evacuation of the thirty million residents of the greater ...

Author: Naoto Kan

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9781501706660

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

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"Naoto Kan, who was prime minister of Japan when the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster began, has become a ubiquitous and compelling voice for the global antinuclear movement. Kan compared the potential worst-case devastation that could be caused by a nuclear power plant meltdown as tantamount only to ‘a great world war. Nothing else has the same impact.’ Japan escaped such a dire fate during the Fukushima disaster, said Kan, only ‘due to luck.’ Even so, Kan had to make some steely-nerved decisions that necessitated putting all emotion aside. In a now famous phone call from Tepco, when the company asked to pull all their personnel from the out-of-control Fukushima site for their own safety, Kan told them no. The workforce must stay. The few would need to make the sacrifice to save the many. Kan knew that abandoning the Fukushima Daiichi site would cause radiation levels in the surrounding environment to soar. His insistence that the Tepco workforce remain at Fukushima was perhaps one of the most unsung moments of heroism in the whole sorry saga."—The Ecologist On March 11, 2011, a massive undersea earthquake off Japan’s coast triggered devastating tsunami waves that in turn caused meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Ranked with Chernobyl as the worst nuclear disaster in history, Fukushima will have lasting consequences for generations. Until 3.11, Japan’s Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, had supported the use of nuclear power. His position would undergo a radical change, however, as Kan watched the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Power Plant unfold and came to understand the potential for the physical, economic, and political destruction of Japan. In My Nuclear Nightmare, Kan offers a fascinating day-by-day account of his actions in the harrowing week after the earthquake struck. He records the anguished decisions he had to make as the scale of destruction became clear and the threat of nuclear catastrophe loomed ever larger—decisions made on the basis of information that was often unreliable. For example, frustrated by the lack of clarity from the executives at Tepco, the company that owned the power plant, Kan decided to visit Fukushima himself, despite the risks, so he could talk to the plant’s manager and find out what was really happening on the ground. As he details, a combination of extremely good fortune and hard work just barely prevented a total meltdown of all of Fukushima’s reactor units, which would have necessitated the evacuation of the thirty million residents of the greater Tokyo metropolitan area. In the book, first published in Japan in 2012, Kan also explains his opposition to nuclear power: "I came to understand that a nuclear accident carried with it a risk so large that it could lead to the collapse of a country." When Kan was pressured by the opposition to step down as prime minister in August 2011, he agreed to do so only after legislation had been passed to encourage investments in alternative energy. As both a document of crisis management during an almost unimaginable disaster and a cogent argument about the dangers of nuclear power, My Nuclear Nightmare is essential reading.
2017-01-10 By Naoto Kan

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