Inside this issue:
Curse, Death and Spirits: Supernatural Folklore in the Japanese Ghost Film
Kat Ellinger tracks the evolution of the Japanese Ghost Story in cinema, from classic to contemporary and unravels its folklore origins.
As a continuation on the themes in Curse, Death and Spirits the feature concludes with a talk with legendary J-horror pioneer: Hideo Nakata.
Hours Dreadful and Things Strange: Macbeth, Japanese Theater, and Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood
Samm Deighan examines the influence of traditional Japanese theater on Akira Kurosawa’s eerie, horror-tinged 1957 Shakespeare adaptation, Throne of Blood.
The Masculinized Zone: The relationship between masculinity and psychological, physical, and political traumatism within the horrors of Korean war cinema
Rebecca Booth explores the representation of masculinity within Korean war cinema from the 1950s onwards, analyzing the visceral and emotional immediacy of the horrors onscreen in relation to the tensions between gender and national identity, societal roles, and the political landscape.
Forbidden Colours: When British Art Rock Met Japanese Art House
East meets West in the form of the cinematic/sonic dream team of Nagisa Oshima, David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and David Sylvian in Heather Drain’s article-expedition.
Korean Gothic: Refractions of national and sexual identity in The Handmaiden
Joseph Dwyer investigates aspects of sadomasochism and Gothic feminism in Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, and the film’s place in an international tradition of erotic art cinema.
Nature, Nuclear and National Guilt
Kieran Fisher examines the complex mythology behind Japan’s biggest monster: Godzilla.
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