Death of the image/the image of death: Temporality, torture and transience in Sunohara Yuuri and Akita Masami’s Harakiri Cycle

Jones, Steve (2011) Death of the image/the image of death: Temporality, torture and transience in Sunohara Yuuri and Akita Masami’s Harakiri Cycle. Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, 2 (2). pp. 163-177. ISSN 1756-4905

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Abstract

Sunohara Yuuri and Akita Masami's series of six seppuku films (1990) are solely constituted by images of fictionalized death, revolving around the prolonged selftorture of a lone figure committing harakiri. I contend that the protagonist's autoimmolation mirrors a formal death, each frame `killing' the moment it represents. My analysis aims to explore how the solipsistic nature of selfhood is appositely symbolized by the isolation of the on-screen figures and the insistence with which the six films repeat the same scenario of protracted agony across the cycle. The centralization of suffering, I argue, parallels the distance between viewer and image with the isolating nature of embodied existence. Thus, this article seeks to probe the relationship between form and content, asking what the image of death reveals about the death of the image.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: body, film, horror, pain, photography, suicide
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
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Depositing User: Steve Jones
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 10:13
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2017 06:41
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/9126

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