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Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, Spring

Ethnically Marked "Heroes": From Rikidozan to Shunpei in Blood and Bones
INTRODUCTION The film Blood and Bones (Chi to hone, 2004) by the zainichi (foreigner residing in Japan) Korean filmmaker Yoichi Sai garnered major film awards in 2005 in Japan. (1) The film is about a zainichi Korean figure, Shunpei Kim (Takeshi...
Ghosts in a Super Flat Global Village: Globalization, Surrealism, and Contemporary Japanese Horror Films
In the electric age, when our central nervous system is technologically extended to involve us in the whole of mankind and to incorporate the whole of mankind in us, we necessarily participate, in depth, in the consequences of our every action. It...
Introduction
We tend to think of the consumer society as a creation of the 20th Century, when in fact the rapidly expanding British Empire of the mid-19th Century was creating much the same thing. A vigorous worldwide exchange of goods was changing the lives of...
Mecha Samurai: Kurosawa in the World of Anime
Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai, 1954) is one of the most influential films ever made, spawning numerous official and unofficial remakes around the world. One of the most ambitious of these is Samurai 7, a 26-episode anime television...
"My Stockings. Lip Them": Consuming Japan through Film and Video Games
Increasingly, Americans form their understanding of Japan through popular culture, whether it be Japanese products exported to the United States or representations of Japanese culture in American media. Through an analysis of the position of the spectator/consumer...
Promoting Virtue and Punishing Vice: Tarantino's Kill Bill and the Return of Bakumatsu Aesthetics
When Izumo no Okuni began the suggestive dancing that eventually evolved into what is now known as the kabuki theater, she was wearing Portuguese pants, wielding a samurai sword, and dangling a crucifix from her neck. No doubt, her understanding of...
Technoghosts and Culture Shocks: Sociocultural Shifts in American Remakes of J-Horror
"Ghost stories are to do with the insurrection, not the resurrection of the dead" --Gillian Beer, Ghosts The first decade of the twenty-first century has brought about numerous American remakes of "J-horror": horror films from Japan's new generation...
Testimonials: Remembering Keiko I. McDonald
Keiko was my best student. She worked harder, wrote more and taught better. And, as her students grew and her books on Japanese film increased, she always called me sensei--teacher. But, of course, she was also a sensei herself, one who will now be...
The Bestseller Recipe: A Natural Explanation of the Global Success of Anime
It has become routine for articles on Japanese animation to set out marvelling at the tremendous global success and spread of anime. But while there is an abundance of texts around to detail the culture-specific peculiarities of anime, universalistic...
The European Fantasy Space and Identity Construction in Porco Rosso
Simulations of Europe have existed in Japanese popular culture since the Meiji period, often with fantastic elements similar to those found in anime. These encounters have by-and-large been sites of pleasurable spectacle, a means to tame the threat...
Visual Evolution across the Pacific: The Influence of Anime and Video Games on US Film Media
The past decade has witnessed an explosion of popularity of Japanese animation (henceforth, anime) in the United States. Starting from series such as Sailor Moon (1992) and Pokemon (1997) during the mid-1990s to Yu-Gi-Oh! (1998), Dragon Ball (1986),...
Whatever Happened to Films Inspired by Comics?: The Case of Always (2005)
From its earliest days Japanese cinema sought to enhance its artistic quality by forging alliances with works of literature in a manner reminiscent of new money anxious to wed respectability by way of the aristocracy. Bungei-eiga films proudly advertised...