Female Rage and the Mother-Child Relationship in Ring (1998)

Paper by Megan Hedges.

Ring (Hideo Nakata, 1998) is a Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata and based off of the novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki. It was one of the first Japanese horror films originally released in the late 90s and early 00s that revitalized the horror genre in Japan and caused a global interest in the “J-Horror” genre, particularly in the United States. The film became a huge box office success when it debuted, netting $13 million in Japanese revenue and $19 million in international revenue, becoming one of the top ten highest grossing Japanese films of the year. The movie was remade in the West in 2002, launching a trend of Japanese horror films getting Western remakes. The 2002 remake also launched to immense success, reaching number 1 in the box office. The movie is based off of a novel of the same name by Koji Suzuki, but there are some key differences, including the gender of the protagonist and their child and the removal of most science fiction elements. The movie follows a female journalist and single mother named Reiko Asakawa (Nanako

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“Either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care”

Paper by Marilyn Huitron.

The film industry historically allowed other ethnic groups to be a part of the big screen if only playing a specific type of role. The power allowing racial stereotypes in films and television shows became a strong representation of how minority groups would appear to the public eye and would further strengthen those stereotypes. Actors of a certain ethnic group would only be chosen to play roles inside those stereotypes, more likely than not these roles for men and women would be tied to criminals, service workers, uneducated, etc. In recent times, there has been a change in the industry and more films are being used as a window into different communities of color to better understand their culture and the issues they deal with on a day to day basis. In the films Zoot Suit (1981) by Luis Valdez and Boyz in the Hood (1991) by John Singleton, the representation of race with the Latino and African American community allows us to explore the racial issues, and experiences that stand witness to the ideological agenda behind these films. This paper will present what these

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