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Title: A comparative study of Ringu and The Ring
Authors: Wee, V. 
Keywords: American horror films
Japanese horror films
The Ring
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Source: Wee, V. (2011-06). A comparative study of Ringu and The Ring. Feminist Media Studies 11 (2) : 151-165. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper compares the gender politics expressed in Ringu and The Ring, paying particular attention to specific and noteworthy distinctions and crucial underlying cultural differences that structure and shape the gender politics articulated in the two films. While highlighting the divergences in the films' narratives and examining how their depictions of female characters reveal the fundamental historical, cultural, social and ideological forces that structure Eastern and Western views of femininity, women, and their roles in society, this paper argues that although both films reflect a misogynist patriarchal perspective in their depiction of evil, violent, destructive females, it is the American remake that is ultimately more conservative and reactionary in its simplistic alignment of women, the feminine and maternity with evil and monstrosity. In comparison, the Japanese original offers a more ambiguous treatment of a key female character, the mysterious and deadly Sadako, allowing her to emerge as a potential figure of resistance against conservative patriarchy, an element that is distinctly absent in the American remake. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Source Title: Feminist Media Studies
ISSN: 14680777
DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2010.521624
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