Chapter

The Mummy Complex:

Chika Kinoshita

in Horror to the Extreme

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099722
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099722.003.0006
The Mummy Complex:

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This chapter is concerned with the regional and national categorization of J-horror, which one can arguably regard as a forerunner of the horror boom in Asia. It specifies that J-horror is not inclusive of all horror films shot in Japanese language and/or produced by the Japanese film industry. Rather, it is tied to a specific period and filmic style, and is connected to a close-knit group of filmmakers, critics, and distributors. It highlights Kurosawa Kiyoshi'sLoft (2005), and analyzes the film's narrative and stylistic aspects that are representative of J-horror and reconnects it to issues of globalized film production and consumption, calling into question the framework of identity and difference that tends to underlie both Japanese critical discourse and North American reception.

Keywords: J-horror; horror boom; Kurosawa Kiyoshi; Loft; identity; North American reception

Chapter.  7950 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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