Essay on The Relationship Between Women and Film

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The Relationship Between Women and Film

The research topic I investigated was ‘the representation of women in Japanese action/thriller films and, Hollywood action/thriller films focusing on the Asian genre, are different’. When starting my research, I wanted to prove that due to Eastern/Western ideological differences in society, cinema produced reflects the culture. For example, the target audience of a country influences how films are produced in order to appeal to the specific audience. Thus, I proposed that due to a divide in audience appeal for film based on varied cultures, despite the same genre (i.e. Asian genre) being used, representation of the women in the film will be different so as to
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Whilst typical representations of women might be that they are emotional, sensitive, weak, naïve and caring, Japanese thriller films break away from the stereotypes and show the women as strong figures. Physically, she might be considered weak, but mentally she is the stronger sex in mind and spirit as seen through revenge. This is evident in the Japanese version of ‘The Ring’ aka ‘Ringu’ (1998) where the murdered girl seeks revenge on anyone who watches ‘the video’, and specifically in reference of revenge of what her father did to her during her life.

I wanted to see the comparison between female representation in Hollywood thrillers and Japanese thrillers. Hideo Nakata further emphasises the difference in his interview: ‘The difference between Japanese horror and Western horror can be traced back to the difference in religious beliefs’. Whereas Japanese culture reflects a spiritual aspect such as ‘the classis ghost story of Tokaido Yotsuya, a tale that has been performed as a Kabuki play since the Edo period’, Hollywood culture reflects an ‘influence of monotheism such as Christianity’. Thus, Hollywood thrillers might reflect confrontation between G-d and the devil taking a religious stance of good versus evil, whereas

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