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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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Horror to the Extreme

Jinhee Choi

Mitsuyo Wada-Marciano

Hong Kong University Press

This book examines the global processes embedded in a regional formation of screen culture. It demonstrates that national specificities are differently manifest in horror films from the East Asian region. In the case of Japanese horror films, technology seems to be the most crucial aspect as iconography and for narrative development, such as the cursed videotape in Ringu. The horror films from South Korea are often concerned with adolescent sensibility, which can be seen within the Whispering Corridors series (1998–2003), while recent Hong Kong horror films seem to be tied to the Chinese national identity, and reveal Hong Kong's oscillation between desire for and anxiety toward China.

Keywords:   screen culture, horror films, East Asian region, technology, Ringu, sensibility, Whispering Corridors, national identity

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