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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

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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...

Asia Restrained: J-Horror’s Poor Beginnings and the Mismarketing of Excess

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Introduction Among recent attempts at branding new Japanese cinema for foreign consumption, British distributor Metro-Tartan’s Asia Extreme label has been considered the most significant. Daniel Martin, “Japan’s Blair Witch: Restraint...

Dragons, Ninjas, and Kickboxers: The Minor Transnational Action Films of IFD

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Introduction This chapter presents a preliminary study of IFD Films and Arts Limited (henceforth IFD), a fascinating but little-known company from Hong Kong specializing in the production and distribution of low-cost, transnational...

Don’t Bother to Dispatch the FBI: Representations of Serial Killers in New Korean Cinema

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Introduction On January 26, 1983, a forty-two-year old Korean man named Yi Tong-sik—an amateur photographer and a professional plumber—was arrested for the murder of a twenty-four-year old woman named Kim. Yi had grown up in poor...

Gifting Beauty: The Exploitations of Fan Bingbing

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Only one woman in Chinese history has been granted the title of huangdi (emperor). Beginning her political career as an imperial concubine during the Tang dynasty, Wu Zetian is renowned for her cunning, beauty, and sexual appetite. With her...

Kitano’s Outrageous Exploitation Cinema: Yakuza Nobility and the Biopolitics of Crime

Elena del Río

Elena del Río is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her essays have been featured in journals such as Camera Obscura, Discourse, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Film-Philosophy, The New Review of Film and Television Studies, SubStance, and Deleuze Studies. She has also contributed essays to edited collections on the films of Atom Egoyan, Rainer W. Fassbinder, and on the philosophy of film, and Deleuze and cinema. She is the author of Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance: Powers of Affection (2008). 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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... takes over Mr. Chairman as head of the Sannō and everyone wrongly assumes Ōtomo has been killed in prison. As Ken Provencher and Mike Dillon have pointed out to me, the film itself may have intended Ōtomo’s death at the end of Outrage,...

Steampunked Kung Fu: Technologized Modernity in Stephen Fung’s Tai Chi Films

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Introduction: Exploiting Kung Fu Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (臥虎藏龍, 2000) is one of those seminal works that have directed popular and critical attention to a cinematic genre, the wuxia pian (武俠片, Chinese martial arts film...

Hara Kazuo and Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Introduction The reception of Hara Kazuo’s films in the United States has remained mostly within the boundaries of art house, university, and museum archive venues and far from the nostalgic grindhouse spectatorship of exploitation...

A Cinematic Half-Twist: Art, Exploitation, and the Subversion of Sexual Norms in Kim Ki-duk’s Moebius

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas : Genre, Circulation, Reception

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Quoted in Ha Seong-tae, “Moebius, The Discomfort of the Uncomfortable Gaze at Kim Ki-duk [Moebius Kim Ki-deok gamdok ul bulpyeonhae haneun siseon ui bulpyeonham],” OhMyNews (June 12, 2013...