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Asian Horror

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Since Japanese horror sensations The Ring and Audition first terrified Western audiences at the turn of the millennium, there's been a growing appreciation of Asia as the hotbed of the world's best horror movies. Over the last decade, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong have all produced a steady stream of stylish supernatural thrillers and psychological chillers that ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Camera Books (first published June 24th 2010)
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Abdullah Tosun
Omae wa mou shindeiru
Nicholas Driscoll
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Lots of well written reviews with some fairly decent background details about the movie markets and horror traditions of the respective countries, but mostly consists of those reviews. Fairly light reading, and felt a little insubstantial.
Jenn
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Extremely concise, high-minded overview of horror cinema, organized logically. Its breakneck pace may give a newcomer some cultural whiplash, while a literate filmgoer will have more to enjoy but may not learn anything new.

The book begins with a quick overview of Japanese culture, contextualizing the ubiquity of those baleful long-haired ghost-ladies (yurei) in Noh and Kabuki theater traditions. The next chapter skips ahead to post-War Kaiju and other classic monster movies from the
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Jonathan
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's great information in here. It just leaves you wanting more of it.
Traci
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of horror movies since I was a young kid. Yes, I was one of those weird kids who liked being scared. Except when I say scared, I really mean it. No "Goosebumps" kind of stuff for me - I went straight for the hardcore, pee-your-pants, can't-sleep-without-checking-under-the-bed stuff. I was a very quiet kid, kind of a loner, and horror brought me what I couldn't find in the "real" world - catharsis. If you knew me back then and then met me again today, you'd find yourself wondering ...more
Jenny
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is more of an introduction to Asian Horror rather than an in depth analysis.

The book has a fair amount of history, but overall it reads more like a bunch of reviews. The book is very light and doesn't dive into much critique past the surface. This is because the author chose to go over an amalgam of films, rather than just sticking to a few.

This book also heavily discussed J-horror over Korean, Chinese/Hong Kong and Thai horror films. While it's true that Japanese horror h
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Dani
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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This wasn't the most detailed book on Asian cinema I have read. It serves more like a reference to films and who wrote and directed as well as the year they came out. I do give the writer credit in the fact that he can tell the reader enough about the movie without giving so much away that you feel you no longer would want to see it. If you want an in depth study into Japanese cinema with a study of what was happening culturally at the time the films were made I would recommend Nightmare Japan: ...more
dogukan
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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detaya inilmemiş, kısa kısa her şeyden bahsedeyim derken bir patates wikipedia türkçe sayfası sığlığına dönmüş. konu hakkında hiçbir bilginiz yoksa ilgi çekici olabilir ama bana pek bir şey kattığını söyleyemem.
Bob
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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good book if you are a fan of asian horror, though it reads somewhat like a text book or grad school thesis. still, it provides some insight into the history of some of the recurring themes we see in asian horror. good book.
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