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Blood and Blades: Transnational Heroic Violence in Twilight Samurai and The Last Samurai

Ken Provencher

Ken Provencher has taught film and media studies at Josai International University in Tokyo, Japan, and Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. His work focuses on the transnational Hollywood industry, especially its relation to East Asian media industries and popular cultures. He has contributed to The Companion to Wong Kar-wai, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and The Velvet Light Trap, among others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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... Samurai’s Imperial forces, meanwhile, have corrupt ambitions on a larger scale, shamelessly hiring foreign mercenaries to help wipe out the anti-Imperial rebellion led by the titular “last samurai” Katsumoto (Watanabe Ken). Algren, as one...

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Ken Provencher

Ken Provencher has taught film and media studies at Josai International University in Tokyo, Japan, and Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. His work focuses on the transnational Hollywood industry, especially its relation to East Asian media industries and popular cultures. He has contributed to The Companion to Wong Kar-wai, The Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and The Velvet Light Trap, among others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Mike Dillon

Mike Dillon teaches film and media studies at California State University, Fullerton. His research focuses on the relationship between media cultures and transnational human mobility. His publications include essays in Journal of South Asian Film and Media Studies, Mediascape, and Reconstruction, among other; and chapters in the anthologies Negative Cosmopolitanisms and Transnational Horror Cinema. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Book chapter

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... developed lives of their own as the objects of camp and subcultural appreciation. In “Blood and Blades: Transnational Heroic Violence in Twilight Samurai and The Last Samurai,” Ken Provencher likewise considers how generic imagery can...