Accepted Paper:

Mommie dearest: gender, J-horror films and their remakes  
Dolores Martinez (SOAS)

Paper short abstract:

Paper long abstract:

This paper looks at the way in which the heroines of three Japanese horror films that have been remade successfully as Hollywood movies represent a sense of crisis about the Japanese family. The key question is: why did these films translate so easily from the Japanese context to a US/Western one? I consider the social contexts of the wife, mother and woman in relation to the state in Japan and consider how this 'resonates' with the US case. While my approach is in the main anthropological, I will be relying on film theory as well to make my point about social similarity in relation to modernity, the family and the backlash against feminism.

Panel W061
East Asian imaginings: (trans)national scenarios and global crisis