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Essay about The Relationship Between Women and Film

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The Relationship Between Women and Film The study topic I investigated was 'the representation of women in Western action/thriller films and, Hollywood action/thriller movies focusing on the Asian genre, are distinct'. When starting my study, I wanted to prove that because of Eastern/Western ideological differences in society, theater produced reflects the culture. As an instance, the target audience of a nation influences how movies are created to be able to appeal to the specific audience. Thus, I proposed that due to a divide in viewers appeal for movie based on diverse cultures, despite the identical genre (i.e. Asian genre) used, representation of the girls in the movie will be different in order to target the viewer and link with the society's views, values and customs. I started off by looking at how women are represented in Western action/thriller movies. Freda Freiberg argues in 'Girls in Mizoguchi Movies' (1981) which Japanese theater represents women as helpless physically, but the more powerful gender emotionally. Although this publication concentrated primarily on Mizoguchi films created in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, the book also spends time exploring Japanese representation of women in Western theater as a whole, hence providing a brief evaluation of feminine concept. Hideo Nakata, director of 'The Ring' (2002) and 'Ring 2' (2005) expands on the views expressed by Freda Freiberg, with special reference to thriller films. He asserts that in Japanese theater girls might be murdered early demonstrating weakness, however, their passing symbolises ruthlessness and also the need to get revenge on the guy that murdered them. He stated in an interview I foun...

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