Significance and Legacy of Japanese Horror Films

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Fear has been described as one of the most supreme and ancient emotions that have existed for centuries in the human race. Therefore, horror films such as Japanese horror films have been utilized to enable people to manifest their fears. Majority of Japanese horror films have a legacy of dreadful female ghosts who have profound revenge. For instance, Ju-on film has shown that female spirits portray the killing edge. Majority of these relentless spirits have been influenced by Oiwa, the shocking heroine in Ghost of Yotsuya. Ringu (1998) The major people in this horror movie include Hideo Nakata the director, Shinya Kawai the producer and the major characters such as Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rikiya, as well as Yoichi Numata. The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959) The major people in this horror film include Nobuo Nakagawa the director, Mitsugu Okura the producer and the major characters such as Shigeru Amachi, Katsuko Wakasugi, Nakamura, Shuntaro, as well as Junko Ikeuchi.

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Godzilla (1954) The major people in the film include Ishiro Honda, the director, Tomoyuki Tanaka, the producer and main characters such as Takarada, Momoko, Hirata, as well as Takashi Shimura. Japanese horror films have performed a crucial role in the American film industry because it has had a massive impact in Hollywood. This is because some of the few Japanese horror films have been altered or transformed into American films. Butoh: refers to a Japanese style of dance which is experienced in the film Ringu. Kwaidan: refers to Japanese ghost narratives which is composed of traditional morals. Pinky Violence: refers to variety of Japanese sub-genre films that came into existence in the 1960s which portrayed sexual contents having graphic violence that targeted women.

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Quiz and Answer Key Which of the following horror films is not an American remake of a Japanese horror film? A: Dark Water B: The Eye C: The Grudge D: Quarantine Which of the following people is not one of the main characters in The Ghost of Kasane Swamp? A: Katsuko Wakasugi B: Tetsuro Tamba C: Takashi Wada D: Yoichi Numata What is the primary purpose of horror film in the society? A: Help people tackle and overcome societal fear B: Horror films act as a source of entertainment C: Horror films instill demonic and sexual immorality to people D: Horror films act as cultural and traditional resources of literature Which of the following is the initial Japanese horror film? A: Ju-On B: The Ghost of Yotsuya C: Ringu D: A Page of Madness Which of the following Japanese horror film was remade into American horror film “The Grudge”? A: Jigoku B: Onibaba C: Ju-On D: Ugetsu What makes the early Japanese horror films unique from the present horror films? A: The use of silent and empty techniques B: The use of scary and startling images C: The utilization of scary sound design D: The use of ghosts in Japanese mythology Japanese horror films concentrate on three of the following elements.

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