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Nobuo Nakagawa: Master Director of Horror Films

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For this article, I will focus on a director who made his reputation largely in the fields of horror and crime films, and whose work has been largely overlooked in the west, despite a fanatical cult following among hardcore J-cinema addicts. Nobuo Nakagawa has been called Japan's first and greatest horror director. Among the 97 films he directed are several acknowledged classics. Yet his name is entirely absent from all but a handful of English-language books on Japanese film history.

Keywords: Japanese cinema; Nobuo Nakagawa; Shintoho; The Ghosts of Kasane Swamp; horror movies

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2007

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