英语 英语 日语 日语 韩语 韩语 法语 法语 德语 德语 西班牙语 西班牙语 意大利语 意大利语 阿拉伯语 阿拉伯语 葡萄牙语 葡萄牙语 越南语 越南语 俄语 俄语 芬兰语 芬兰语 泰语 泰语 泰语 丹麦语 泰语 对外汉语

2005年NPR美国国家公共电台七月-Ghosts, Chills and 'Dark Water' from Japa

时间:2007-07-18 00:27来源:互联网 提供网友:atm009e   字体: [ ]
特别声明:本栏目内容均从网络收集或者网友提供,供仅参考试用,我们无法保证内容完整和正确。如果资料损害了您的权益,请与站长联系,我们将及时删除并致以歉意。
    (单词翻译:双击或拖选)
The film "Dark Water" directed by Walter Salice opened over the weekend. It is the latest in a wave of American remakes of Japanese horror-films. In fact two of the most successful horror movies in recent years were adaptations of films from Japan: The Ring and The Grudge1. At least half a dozen more American remakes of Asian horror films are on the way. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports on the cross-cultural appeal of these psychological ghost stories:

James McRoy studies horror movies for a living. So he doesn’t scare easily. But then the University of Wisconsin professor watched the Japanese version of Dark Water.

There was a moment when I was watching Dark Water, I was watching it in my house, in my basement, you know, in the dark all by myself
, where, I, actually, “jumped”!

Dark Water is about a newly single mom who’s moved into a suspiciously cheap apartment with her small daughter.
Yukajia!
Mama..
It’s in a sort of dilapidated building, and water has been seeping2 down from her ceiling into her bedroom, and water actually uh, particularly stained and seeping water in Japanese culture is often associated with sickness and illness and, and decay.

Water drips spookily throughout a torrent3 of Japanese movies from the late 1990s. Fans call the genre4 “J-Horror”.

It’s movies with dead wet girls in them, yeah. That’ how you know them. They always have some historic ch* in her wedding dress, who looks like she just got pushed in the pool.

Grady Hendricks runs New York’s Asian Film Festival. He says J-horror introduced American audiences to a new vocabulary of “fear”. The Grudge, The Ring and Dark Water all feature dead wet girls, vengeful spirits who menace young women and their families.

Dead wet girls are now a staple5 in horror films from Hong Kong, Korea, and Thailand. Hendricks says they are usually dressed in white.

White is uh, in most Asian countries a funeral color. You know. And hair’s always been sort of a woogy thing, and it pops above all over the place.

Woogy hair imagery isn't exactly new. Hendricks says ghosts with long drifting hair appear in Japanese folklore6.

And hair is just a little gross. These movies really go to * with that, culminaing in sort of a ****, a giant wig7 attacks some people.

Finding malevolence8 in the ordinary and every day is a familiar horror trope.
Koji Suzuki says the best horror taps into something universal. A bump in the dark, a parent's fear for a child. Suzuki wrote the short story on which Dark Water is based. He says fear is not culturally specific, it's not even species specific.

Take the mouse, you don't know if the mouse laughs, or if it feels moved once in a while, but we do know it's capable of feeling fear.

Suzuki is known as the Japanese Steven King. He also wrote a book called Ringu, that was made into movies in Japan, Korea, and the United States. The American film's found the current remake craze, here it's called The Ring.

Have you heard about this videotape that kills you when you watch it.
What kind of a tape?

A tape, a regular tape, people rent it I don't know. You start to play it, and it's like somebody's nightmare.

Nightmares have been on every country's cinematic canvas from the beginning, says film historian David S. But he says there is one main reason why horror films translate so easily from one culture to another.

The most memorable9 sequences in horror movies since the beginning of time have usually not involved dialogue.

Silent horror movies from Germany deeply influenced Hollywood in the 1920s, in
what S calls an early example of transglobal cinematic cross-pollination.
Yeah, the American entertainment industry cannibalizes anything from anywhere.
For its latest J-horror remake, Hollywood turned to a Brazilian.

Ghost stories and horror films question first and foremost immortality10. I mean does it end here? Is there anything beyond the oblivion, when this life ceases, or not.

Walter Salles directed last year’s art house hit, The Motorcycle Diaries. He says he found a spiritual kinship in the way the Brazilians and the Japanese respect the dead, and how they understand the after-life.

I was surprised in seeing how much this question of the after-life is present in their stories. It is something that is much more ingrained in their daily culture, the discussion of that, than it is in Western culture. But in Brazil, thanks to the African influence, this is something that is also present, and this may be...this was a starting point for me.

It may also be what appeals to Western audiences—the mystery, and the psychology11. There’s also a real sadness you don’t see in an American horror. Conversely, Grady Hendricks says J-Horror lacks something that in American scare movies is a constant: sex.

One will say that a movie where there’s a wet girl, covered with water and hair everywhere, and she won’t leave you alone, has a sexual component12 to it. It probably does, but it is subtexted.

Some might find it refreshing13 to see horror movies where sex and carnage aren’t linked by cause and effect. J-horror is never punitive14. People are just in the wrong place, at the wrong time. And maybe, that’s even scarier.
That’s a ghost pleading for help in the movie Pulse—the latest J-horror film to see a US release. It’s coming out here in August. The Hollywood remake is already under way. In Pulse, the after-life has run out of room, so the souls of the dead take up residence on the Internet. Grady Hendricks says in Asia, J-horror has pretty much run its course, Still, it’s brought innovation to a tired genre.

The old scares in horror movies don’t work. And although there’s such a thing as “classic horror movie”, there is really not. Look at the universal horror films from the 30s, I mean, you’d have to be a bit of simple then to be scared by those these days. And the point of a horror movie is to scare you.

It scares me.

Director Walter S says it’s not ghosts.

The difficulty of cultures to communicate scares me. The capacity to understand the ones who are different from who we are.

How curious, that horror seems to be a medium in which cultures find ways of talking to each other, and expressing their worst fears. Neda Ulaby, NPR news.

If you dare, see a clip from the original Dar Water, also one from The Ring, at npr.org.


点击收听单词发音收听单词发音  

1 grudge hedzG     
n.不满,怨恨,妒嫉;vt.勉强给,不情愿做
参考例句:
  • I grudge paying so much for such inferior goods.我不愿花这么多钱买次品。
  • I do not grudge him his success.我不嫉妒他的成功。
2 seeping 8181ac52fbc576574e83aa4f98c40445     
v.(液体)渗( seep的现在分词 );渗透;渗出;漏出
参考例句:
  • Water had been slowly seeping away from the pond. 池塘里的水一直在慢慢渗漏。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • Chueh-hui could feel the cold seeping into his bones. 觉慧开始觉得寒气透过衣服浸到身上来了。 来自汉英文学 - 家(1-26) - 家(1-26)
3 torrent 7GCyH     
n.激流,洪流;爆发,(话语等的)连发
参考例句:
  • The torrent scoured a channel down the hillside. 急流沿着山坡冲出了一条沟。
  • Her pent-up anger was released in a torrent of words.她压抑的愤怒以滔滔不绝的话爆发了出来。
4 genre ygPxi     
n.(文学、艺术等的)类型,体裁,风格
参考例句:
  • My favorite music genre is blues.我最喜欢的音乐种类是布鲁斯音乐。
  • Superficially,this Shakespeare's work seems to fit into the same genre.从表面上看, 莎士比亚的这个剧本似乎属于同一类型。
5 staple fGkze     
n.主要产物,常用品,主要要素,原料,订书钉,钩环;adj.主要的,重要的;vt.分类
参考例句:
  • Tea is the staple crop here.本地产品以茶叶为大宗。
  • Potatoes are the staple of their diet.土豆是他们的主要食品。
6 folklore G6myz     
n.民间信仰,民间传说,民俗
参考例句:
  • Zhuge Liang is a synonym for wisdom in folklore.诸葛亮在民间传说中成了智慧的代名词。
  • In Chinese folklore the bat is an emblem of good fortune.在中国的民间传说中蝙蝠是好运的象征。
7 wig 1gRwR     
n.假发
参考例句:
  • The actress wore a black wig over her blond hair.那个女演员戴一顶黑色假发罩住自己的金黄色头发。
  • He disguised himself with a wig and false beard.他用假发和假胡须来乔装。
8 malevolence malevolence     
n.恶意,狠毒
参考例句:
  • I had always been aware of a frame of malevolence under his urbanity. 我常常觉察到,在他温文尔雅的下面掩藏着一种恶意。 来自辞典例句
9 memorable K2XyQ     
adj.值得回忆的,难忘的,特别的,显著的
参考例句:
  • This was indeed the most memorable day of my life.这的确是我一生中最值得怀念的日子。
  • The veteran soldier has fought many memorable battles.这个老兵参加过许多难忘的战斗。
10 immortality hkuys     
n.不死,不朽
参考例句:
  • belief in the immortality of the soul 灵魂不灭的信念
  • It was like having immortality while you were still alive. 仿佛是当你仍然活着的时候就得到了永生。
11 psychology U0Wze     
n.心理,心理学,心理状态
参考例句:
  • She has a background in child psychology.她受过儿童心理学的教育。
  • He studied philosophy and psychology at Cambridge.他在剑桥大学学习哲学和心理学。
12 component epSzv     
n.组成部分,成分,元件;adj.组成的,合成的
参考例句:
  • Each component is carefully checked before assembly.每个零件在装配前都经过仔细检查。
  • Blade and handle are the component parts of a knife.刀身和刀柄是一把刀的组成部分。
13 refreshing HkozPQ     
adj.使精神振作的,使人清爽的,使人喜欢的
参考例句:
  • I find it'so refreshing to work with young people in this department.我发现和这一部门的青年一起工作令人精神振奋。
  • The water was cold and wonderfully refreshing.水很涼,特别解乏提神。
14 punitive utey6     
adj.惩罚的,刑罚的
参考例句:
  • They took punitive measures against the whole gang.他们对整帮人采取惩罚性措施。
  • The punitive tariff was imposed to discourage tire imports from China.该惩罚性关税的征收是用以限制中国轮胎进口的措施。
本文本内容来源于互联网抓取和网友提交,仅供参考,部分栏目没有内容,如果您有更合适的内容,欢迎点击提交分享给大家。
------分隔线----------------------------
TAG标签:   npr  公共电台  chill  japa
顶一下
(1)
100%
踩一下
(0)
0%
最新评论 查看所有评论
发表评论 查看所有评论
请自觉遵守互联网相关的政策法规,严禁发布色情、暴力、反动的言论。
评价:
表情:
验证码:
听力搜索
推荐频道
论坛新贴