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Horror, Thriller, Suspense: “Who Are You?”

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This chapter proposes that some of the most pertinent examples of cinema's engagement with the problem of identity-as crisis, threat, or source of dread-come precisely in the genres of horror, thriller, and suspense. It offers an easy solution to the issue of identity-as-problem, and in fact, many actively resist the suggestion that a ?solution? is either possible or even conceivable. The author has mentioned two directors whose work will form a central focus of the chapter, and examines the films Kyua (Cure, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 1997), Kairo (Pulse, Kurosawa Kiyoshi, 2001), Ringu (Ring, Nakata Hideo, 1998), and Kaosu (Chaos, Nakata Hideo, 1999). The film Jisatsu saakuru (Suicide club, 2002) by Sono Shion is a horror/ mystery which presents its social critique in the form of a sudden and inexplicable wave of suicides which sweeps over Japan.

Keywords: Japanese horror; psychological thriller



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