Japan's Cultural Crisis and Kairo
As a dominant force on the frontiers of technology, Japan is constantly evolving in its social infrastructure. New technologies such as the cell phone and internet have fundamentally shifted the culture from centuries of traditional values to a hybrid, defined by the struggle between "old" and "new." In the horror film Kairo, this concern is made abundantly clear without the use of metaphor as the presentation of national apathy, internet suicide pacts, the "disappearance" of youth and the desire for connectivity are all found in real life. This "1-to-1" relationship between horror and real life marks an important shift within the horror film genre and illuminates a cultural crisis which, as the film suggests, will inevitably spread to the entire world.
Keywords: Technology, Internet, Connectivity, Community, Isolation, Cultural Crisis, Tradition
Graduate Student, Film Studies, Media Arts at Chapman University