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David Lun HIEA 117 Professor Stefan Tanaka Summer Session 1 Paper 2 Paranormal Cure for Loneliness The human condition, at times, is hindered by the progression of technology. Kiyoshi Kurosawa ironically adapts the internet as a way for spirits to come into contact with people in his film Kairo. Kurosawa believes that the internet was developed for people to connect with other people as Kawashima attempts to do so in the film. This connection, Kurosawa argues, is not a deep connection but rather a virtual connection and is an impeding vigor towards the human condition. The film adversely portrays the internet as a portal for spirits, such as Taguchi’s, to interact and connect with people beyond this subsequent level and towards more of a spiritual level. Accordingly, Taguchi does not fit the exact definition of onryo as Jien describes. The spirit of Taguchi haunts living people not in the name of vengeance but rather because of lonesomeness, neither targeting individuals nor society but rather pleading for help to absolve him of his misery. The internet offers a superficial means of communication. As in the film, the people who are turned into spirits cannot connect with one another. They are just drawn together still unable
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course HILD 100 taught by Professor Lee during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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Paper 2 - David Lun HIEA 117 Professor Stefan Tanaka Summer...

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