>The IMDb classifies The Sixth Sense as thriller/drama/horror. >I'm interested in the thriller and horror aspects of the film and >want to explain the difference between the two in simplified terms to >my students here in Japan. I'm having a little trouble so would
How different is the Japanese organization of this? I know they have films we would consider thrillers but how do they classify them? And ghost stories seem to have a respectable status that Anglo-American culture probably hasn't given it since Wharton and Henry James were turning them out. I wouldn't really have considered "The Sixth Sense" a thriller which usually sounds either more along the lines of low-key action, intrigue, psychological conflict ("Gaslight"), etc, more Hitchcock or John Buchan. Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Cure" is something that seems more like a thriller/horror mix or maybe Sogo Ishii's "Angel Dust." Probably this is a bit vague because "thriller" is itself a bit vague as a genre (if it's even stable enough to be considered such). And of course marketing plays a role in this.
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