New Media’s Impact on Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema
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.
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