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Junji Ito (伊藤 潤二 Itō Junji?, July, 1963 -) is an author of Japanese horror manga.

Biography

Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1963, he was inspired from a young age by his older sister's drawing and Kazuo Umezu's comics and thus took an interest in drawing horror comics himself. Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician, and until the early 1990s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby — even after being selected as the winner of the prestigious Umezu prize for horror manga.

A common motif in his books are girls obsessed with beauty, for example, long hair. This is the case in his Tomie and Flesh-Colored Horror comic collections. In his books, a girl's hair rebels against being cut off and runs off with her head; girls deliberately catch a disease that makes them beautiful but then murder each other; and a woman treats her skin with lotion so she can take it off and look at her muscles, but the skin dissolves and she tries to steal her sister's skin, etc.

Ito's universe is also very cruel and capricious; his characters often find themselves victims of malevolent unnatural circumstances for no discernible reason or punished out of proportion for minor infractions against an unknown and incomprehensible natural order.

His longest work, the three-volume Uzumaki, is about a town's obsession with spirals: people become variously fascinated with, terrified of, and consumed by the countless occurrences of the spiral in nature. Apart from the ghastly, convincingly-drawn deaths, the book projects an effective atmosphere of creeping fear as the town's inhabitants become less and less human, and more and more bizarre things begin to happen.

Before Uzumaki, Ito was best known for Tomie, a comic series about a beautiful, teasing and eternally youthful high school girl who inspires her stricken admirers to murder each other in fits of jealous rage. Eventually, unable to cope with her coy flirtation and their desire to possess Tomie completely, they are inevitably compelled to kill her — only to discover that, regardless of the method they chose to dispose of her body, her body will always regenerate.

In 1998, during the horror boom that followed the success of Ringu, Tomie was adapted into a movie. Since Tomie, many of his works have been adapted for TV and the cinema.

Ito's latest comic series is レミナ地獄星 (Hellstar Remina), published in Big Comic Spirits' monthly Casual. He is also publishing a series of unrelated short stories in Nemuki, starting with the February 2005 issue, the first of which is 合鏡谷にて (At the Valley of the Facing Mirrors).

List of Printed Works (Published Outside Japan)

United States

Italy

Brazil

France[1]

  • Gyo (ギョ, Gyo - The Eerie Wriggle), Vols. 1, 2, published by Tonkam
  • Le Journal de Soïchi - Junji Ito collection N°4 (伊藤潤二恐怖マンガCollection), published by Tonkam
  • Le Journal maudit de Soïchi - Junji Ito collection N°5 (伊藤潤二恐怖マンガCollection), published by Tonkam
  • Le Mystère de la chair - Junji Ito collection N°2 (伊藤潤二恐怖マンガCollection), published by Tonkam
  • Remina - La planète de l'enfer - Junji Ito collection N°1 (伊藤潤二恐怖マンガCollection, Hellstar Remina), published by Tonkam
  • Spirale (うずまき, Uzumaki), Vols. 1,2,3, published by Tonkam
  • Tomie (富江, Tomie), Vols. 1,2,3, published by Tonkam
  • Le Voleur de visages - Junji Ito collection N°3 (伊藤潤二恐怖マンガCollection, The Face Burglar), published by Tonkam

List of Printed Works (Published in Japan)

Filmography

External links

Notes

  1. (French)[1]
eo:Junji Itōko:이토 준지

it:Junji Ito ms:Junji Itozh:伊藤润二

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