To what extent does the portrayal of family and the protective parent in contemporary Japanese horror cinema contribute towards the understanding of modern Japanese society?

Penycate, Rachael (2009) To what extent does the portrayal of family and the protective parent in contemporary Japanese horror cinema contribute towards the understanding of modern Japanese society? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This project was designed to examine the relationship between contemporary Japanese horror cinema and modern Japanese society through the presentation of family and in particular the role of the protective parent. I achieved this by the method of cultural relativism. I began by defining terminology that is associated with traditional Japanese family values, using a wide literary field to aid me in establishing what I would be looking for so as to complete the project successfully. To then highlight a correlation between contemporary horror cinema and modern society, I watched and then closely analysed a collection of five modern horror films, commenting on the representation of parents and family. I then applied the socio-cultural theories I had previously researched to my analyses, culminating in three separate essays, all of which comment on issues raised by each of the films that refer directly to the said theories. In addition to this, I referred to the work of other film scholars and noted that some had also realised a correlation between horror cinema and modern Japanese society. I used their comments and theories to reinforce my own findings. I ended the project by concluding that whilst there is a correlation between horror cinema and contemporary Japanese culture, it is impossible to make a general observation of Japanese society as a whole simply by viewing horror cinema.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/698

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