Kwaidan

Kwaidan

by Jung, Jee-Yun
     
 

In 12th Century Japan, amidst a savage conflict between two rival clans, Lady Orin pines for her warrior lover. Jealous of her beautiful sister, Lady Akane savagely mutilates Orin's face and begins a complicated web of revenge and redemption that spans two centuries. Jung's lush, expressive artwork and expert sense of timing brings to life this suspense-filled tale

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In 12th Century Japan, amidst a savage conflict between two rival clans, Lady Orin pines for her warrior lover. Jealous of her beautiful sister, Lady Akane savagely mutilates Orin's face and begins a complicated web of revenge and redemption that spans two centuries. Jung's lush, expressive artwork and expert sense of timing brings to life this suspense-filled tale, packed with ghostly encounters, samurai swordplay, undead armies, beautiful landscapes, and strange demons. The lost spirits of two unlucky lovers may still find freedom, but their hope now rests on the supernatural birth of a granddaughter... and her ability to unravel the secrets of the restless ghosts that haunt her, the Kwaidan.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In 14th-century Japan, an orphan with no face finds herself haunted by the ghosts of a samurai and his lover, both of whom died more than 200 years before. That's this story's premise, but the telling itself is more than a little muddled-in particular, it's difficult to keep track of who is related to whom. Whether that's a problem with the original story or the translation isn't entirely clear, but it doesn't really matter. The real reason to buy this graphic novel is the art. Physically, this work is simply gorgeous. Printed on heavy paper and lavishly colored with a computer process that approximates and at times transcends watercolors, Jung's illustrations capture a supernatural world not often seen outside of the better Japanese anime. Ghosts made of blood, ghosts made of lake water, ghosts that take the form of an army of malevolent infants: Jung renders all of these images with an attention to detail that makes them plausible, and therefore all the more haunting. Jung's layouts also show a real cinematic sense (he even thanks directors Miyazaki and Kurosawa in his acknowledgements). This graphic novel is not so much about story as it is about spectacle. Readers looking for a straightforward, plot-oriented book may not be satisfied. But those seeking a graphic novel that mirrors the best in impressionistic Japanese cinema (like Kurosawa's Dreams) will be pleased. This work offers an adult-themed story as a welcome alternative to the many juvenile manga on the market. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
This visually stunning book, originally published in France, opens in 12th-century Japan. Lake Amada is haunted by the ghost of Lady Orin, who drowned herself there after her jealous sister, Akane, mutilated her beautiful face. Her suicide and that of her lover soon after give the lake a strange power, and Akane discovers that she can use it to keep herself alive indefinitely and to amass a host of kwa dan (ghosts) to do her bidding. Two hundred years later, a girl born without a face finds herself drawn to the lake, and with a blind painter who can sense spirits she becomes entangled in the sisters' web of hatred. Steeped in Japanese cinema and lore, this book will definitely interest manga fans. It shares its title with a 1964 Japanese film and a book of Japanese tales by Lafcadio Hearn, but the compelling story here is original. Jung's realistic artwork is richly detailed, and the incredibly lush coloring is expressive and masterly-though the thick paper may make the binding less than durable. With nudity and sex; highly recommended for adult collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569718414
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
03/03/2004
Edition description:
Not Appropriate For Children
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.65(d)

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