Junji Ito


Junji Ito

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

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.

The most common obsessions are with beauty, long hair, and beautiful girls, especially in his "Tomie" and "Flesh-Colored Horror" comic collections. For example: 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; 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
*"Tomie Volume 1" published by Comicsone
*"Tomie Volume 2" published by Comicsone
*"Flesh-Colored Horror" published by Comicsone
*"Uzumaki Volume 1" published by Viz Communications
*"Uzumaki Volume 2" published by Viz Communications
*"Uzumaki Volume 3" published by Viz Communications
*"Gyo Volume 1" published by Viz Communications
*"Gyo Volume 2" published by Viz Communications
*"Museum of Terror Volume 1 (Tomie 1)" published by Dark Horse
*"Museum of Terror Volume 2 (Tomie 2)" published by Dark Horse
*"Museum of Terror Volume 3 (The Long Hair in the Attic)" published by Dark HorseItaly
*"Tomie" published by Hazard Edizioni
*"Lovesick Dead" announced by Hazard EdizioniBrazil
*"Uzumaki Volume 1" published by Conrad Editora
*"Uzumaki Volume 2" published by Conrad Editora
*"Uzumaki Volume 3" published by Conrad EditoraFrance
*"Spirale" ("Uzumaki"), Vols. 1,2,3, published by Éditions Tonkam

List of Printed Works (Published in Japan)

*"Tomie" - (富江)
*"Tomie Part 2" - (富江PART2)
*"Flesh Coloured Horror" - (肉色の怪)
*"The Face Burglar" - (顔泥棒)
*"Souichi's Diary of Delights" - (双一の楽しい日記)
*"Souichi's Diary of Curses" - (双一の呪い日記)
*"Slug Girl" - (なめくじの少女)
*"Blood-bubble Bushes" - (血玉樹)
*"Hallucinations" - (首幻想)
*"House of the Marionettes" - (あやつりの屋敷)
*"The Town without Streets" - (道のない街)
*"The Bully" - (いじめっ娘)
*"The Circus is Here" - (サーカスが来た)
*"The Story of the Mysterious Tunnel" - (トネルの譚)
*"Lovesick Dead" - (死びとの恋わずらい)
*"Frankenstein" - (フランケンシュタイン)
*"Uzumaki Volume 1" - (うずまき1)
*"Uzumaki Volume 2" - (うずまき2)
*"Uzumaki Volume 3" - (うずまき3)
*"Tomie 3 " - (富江(Again)Part3))
*"Gyo - The Eerie Wriggle Part 1" - (ギョ~うごめく不気~)
*"Gyo - The Eerie Wriggle Part 2" - (ギョ~うごめく不気~)
*"Mimi's Ghost Stories" - (ミミの怪談)
*"Voices in the Dark" - (闇の声)
*"Hellstar Remina" - (地獄星レミナ)
*"New Voices in the Dark (Ghost Stories)" - (新・闇の声 潰談)

Filmography

*"The Fearsome Melody" - (戦慄の旋律 "senritsu no senritsu"), "1992"
*"Tomie" -( 富江 "Tomie"), "1998"
*"" - (?富江:アナザフェイス), "1999"
*"Tomie Replay" - ( 富江:re-play "Tomie: re-play"), "2000"
*"Uzumaki" - (うずまき "Uzumaki"), "2000"
*"Gravemarker Town (movie)" - (墓標の町 "bohyou no machi"), "2000"
*"The Face Burglar (movie)"- (顔泥棒 "kao dorobou"), "2000"
*"The Hanging Balloons" - (首吊り気球 "kubitsuri no kikyuu"), "2000"
*"Long Dream" - (長い夢 "nagai yume"), "2000"
*"Oshikiri" - (押切 "Oshikiri"), "2000"
*"Kakashi" - (案山子 "Kakashi"), "2001"
*"Lovesick Dead" - (死びとの恋わずらい "shibito no koiwazurai"), "2001"
*"" - (富江:Rebirth "Tomie: Rebirth"), "2001"
*"" - (富江 最終章 ?禁断の果実 "Tomie: Saishuu-sh? - kindan no kajitsu"), "2002"
*"Marronnier" - (マロニエ "Marronnier"), "2002"
*"The Groaning Drain" - (うめく排水管), 2004
*"" "2005"
*"" "2005"

External links

* [http://junjiito.mutagene.net/ English Language Fan Site]


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