The criterion collection, cult-art films and Japanese horror: DVD labels as transnational mediators?

Egan, Kate (2017) The criterion collection, cult-art films and Japanese horror: DVD labels as transnational mediators? Transnational Cinemas, 8 (1). pp. 65-79. ISSN 2040-3526

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/20403526.2017.1260866

Abstract

This article considers the circulation of Japanese horror titles in the West, focusing on how this is informed by increasingly heterogeneous uses of the term ‘cult’ employed by specialist DVD and Blu-ray companies. The article focuses on the ways in which the celebrated high-end distributor, The Criterion Collection, has framed a number of Japanese horror titles as a kind of cult cinema that can be termed ‘cult-art’. Through this case study, the article considers how the cultification of East Asian genre films, as they enter Western markets, can impact on the cultural canonisation and elevation of such titles, but in ways that draw productively on their original contexts of production rather than de-contextualising such titles through strategies of othering or exoticisation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cult-art cinema, DVD companies and cultures, Japanese horror history, transnational film reception
Subjects: W100 Fine Art
W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 15:23
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2020 15:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43348

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