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Horror to the ExtremeChanging Boundaries in Asian Cinema$
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Jinhee Choi and Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099722

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099722.001.0001

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J-horror:

J-horror:

New Media’s Impact on Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema

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Horror to the Extreme
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Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099722.003.0001

This chapter examines the effect of new media on contemporary Japanese cinema, especially the film genre “J-horror.” It begins by discussing the contemporary Japanese film industry and J-horror's production processes, and then examines how the J-horror boom is connected to digital or computer technologies. It considers how J-horror films take advantage of digital editing to create new styles on the level of aesthetics and narrative structure. Shimizu Takeshi's film Marebito—digitally shot, edited, and distributed—is one of the best examples that bares the influence of new media rhetoric in its narrative structure and aesthetics, and takes advantage of the spatializing properties of digital editing.

Keywords:   J-horror, digital editing, Shimizu Takeshi, Marebito, new media

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