Chrysa asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 2 months ago

In Asian horror films, how come the ghosts themselves are never blamed for the catastrophe but society as a whole are?

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  • 2 months ago
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    You'll notice that's common in ghost stories in many countries. In fiction, ghosts are typically people who died a wrongful death, and their spirit lingers until the guilty party has been punished for their crime against them. That's really all most ghost stories are --  morality plays, comments on human nature as it pertains not only to the victim or killer, but society and mankind as a whole. 

    A ghost is the result of a human being acting on their blackest impulses; a ghost, in turn, represents a need for vengeance and/or closure, a trait common to anyone who's ever been a victim of another person's wrongdoing.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because it was the Asians that created the ghosts who are never held responsible for anything.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because it was the Asians that created the ghosts who are never held responsible for anything.

  • 2 months ago

    Different cultural values. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    I like the zombie ones. 

  • 2 months ago

    Decades ago, when the Japanese economy was booming and American core industrial giants were floundering, numerous studies were done to identify differences in each country's business practices.

    One of the major differences noted was in the area of problem resolution.  Where the Japanese focused on finding solutions, American corporations tended to focus on assigning blame.  The Japanese saw accountability as a group issue where errors could be resolved by fixing the system as a whole; Americans saw it as an individual matter, with problems resolved by removing those deemed responsible.

    This is reflective of a deeper cultural divide between Asian and Western culture related to an individual's place within a society and a society's place within the context of nature.

    Westerners, especially Americans, see Nature as something to be conquered, contained and owned where as Asians tend to see humans as just one element in a larger overall natural world.  

    In movie terms, the supernatural is just one more "frontier" for us to claim and "ghosts" are just another "native culture" that needs to be pushed aside to make room for us to live without fear.  This is why American horror movies tend to show how we courageously stand up against supernatural threats while Asian ones tend to show how the natural world exerts itself over human intrusion and folly.

  • 2 months ago

    Because society often led to the ghosts being angry and having unfinished business. A woman being raped and killed and then seducing and killing men isn't her fault its the fault of rapists. And Americans are more obsessed with immediate justice and punishing those responsible whereas other countries seem more willing to look at the underlying problem and try to solve that or at least work toward acknowledging it. 

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