Religionswissenschaft und Religionsgeschichte



Journal for Religion, Film and Media - Heft 9.2 erschienen

Here Be Dragons. (East) Asian Film and Religion


Media industry is a vibrant element of East Asian popular culture that has become increasingly important on a global level in the last decades. Japanese, and recently South Korean and Chinese films or TV series have a growing and
worldwide audience not least because of easier access through streaming services. The many film productions
provide a multifaceted arena of highly diverse content that spans nearly all aspects of the cultural developments in the countries. Religion has always played a major role in these contexts in various ways and in accordance with the highly diversified religious landscape of East Asia. Consequently, this issue brings together contributions on Japanese, Chinese and Korean films, including one additional glimpse to South Asia, presenting portrayals of independent filmmakers, highly renowned classics, but also examples of manga and anime, the cyberpunk genre, or on most recent highly successful streaming series. The admittedly small sample we can provide is intended to pique curiosity and encourage readers to delve more deeply into the multifaceted and intriguing relationship between religion and media in Asia. If the presented contributions inspire academic discussions and further research, then this issue will have served its purpose.




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