«Junji Ito was born in Gifu prefecture in 1963. Inspired from a young age by his older sister's drawing and Kazuo Umezu's comics, he took an interest in drawing horror comics himself. Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician and until the early 90s he juggled his dental career with his increasingly successful hobby, even after receiving the prestigious Umezu prize for horror manga.
Tomie, the comic series for which he is best known, is about a beautiful and eternally youthful highschool girl who inspires her obsessed admirers to murder each other and finally her, but who is herself endlessly reincarnated. In 1998, during the horror boom that followed the success of Ring, Tomie was adapted into a movie. Junji Ito continues to publish comics in monthlies and weeklies, and since the cinematic successes of Tomie and Uzumaki, has had many of his comics adapted for TV and the cinema.»
«Junji Ito was born in Gifu prefecture in 1963. Inspired from a young age by his older sister's drawing and Kazuo Umezu's comics, he took an interest in drawing horror comics himself. Nevertheless, upon graduation he trained as a dental technician and until the early 90s he juggled his dental career ...»
the 1999 release of the movie Tomie, based on his
comics about a beautiful girl of the same name who
instills such jealousy in men that she is murdered
by them, only to be reborn from the scraps of flesh
which remain, Junji Ito has found increasing popularity
at home in Japan and overseas, and following the release
of Tomie, a total of seven movies and five made-for-TV
specials have been adapted from his work. Despite
the fact that Ito is currently ubiquitous in the Japanese
horror movie scene, his comics remain somewhat scarce
even in Japan and his success comes only after 12
years of publishing comics, more than five of which
were spent while also working as a dental technician.
in Gifu prefecture in 1963, Junji Ito gained an interest
in horror comics as an elementary school student when
his older sister lent him her Umezu Kazuo horror comics.
Receiving inspiration from Umezu and his older sister's
comic-drawing hobby, Ito began to draw his own stories.
After graduating from high school, Ito attended a
vocation dentistry college in Nagoya and worked as
a dental technician.
1986, Nemuki's Halloween Monthly established the Umezu
prize for horror manga, and Ito was motivated to enter
the contest. In 1987 Ito won the Umezu Kazuo prize
with Tomie and subsequently made his debut in the
monthly. Ito's early comics are said to show the clearly
the influences of Umezu and his own older sister.
Despite having made his debut as a published comic
artist, Ito continued to work as a dental technician
for several years, juggling both professions. Eventually
he decided that pursuing both careers simultaneously
would result in his early demise, so he chose to stick
has said that he likes to write stories which allow
him to expose the monster hidden in the ordinary,
and fans of his work will know that his surreal drawings
are anything but ordinary, featuring horribly disfigured
humans and chilling portents drawn in great somber
detail. Most of the time, things start out ordinarily
before he introduces something truly grotesque - and
then lets his characters and readers squirm as they
try desperately to resolve whatever blight has been
set upon them before they are overwhelmed by the horror.
And as with many Japanese comics, Ito's characters
rarely escape unscathed, if they escape at all. Junji
Ito is also well known for eschewing any sort of scientific
explanation for the strange events in his comics,
concentrating his efforts instead on simply making
the horror as visceral and disquieting as possible.
1990s saw a boom in horror comics in Japan, with magazines
springing up to meet the demand and several comic
authors making their mark. Throughout this period
during the early 1990s, Ito was published in Halloween
Monthly, Bizarre Tales of Sleepless Nights and Nemuki
and in 1997 published a four-part comic called The
Tragic Story of the Giant Black Pillar in Shougakukan's
Big Comic Spirits Weekly special issue, Manpuku! His
relationship with Big Comic Spirits Weekly (a thick
publication aimed primarily at a young teenage male
audience) has since become more regular, with Ito
publishing Uzumaki in Spirits starting in 1998 and
again running a series in Spirits in 2001 with Gyo.
addition to Uzumaki, 1998 also saw Ito publish Burial
of an Evil Doll in Comic Gon's second issue and help
to bring the first Tomie movie to the big screen.
1999 was another busy year, with the release of Tomie,
the conclusion of the Uzumaki series and the decision
to adapt Uzumaki into a movie and to make a sequel
to Tomie, Tomie Replay.
Uzumaki movie and Tomie Replay were released in 2000
along with five made-for-TV specials (Long Dream,
Hanging Balloons, Demonology, The Conversation Room,
The Face Burglar) adapted from his new The Horror
World of Junji Ito Collection, which gathered together
his 10 years of comics written before 1997 into a
16 volume set. More movie adaptations of his work
were released in 2001, of widely divergent quality,
with Lovesick Dead and Tomie: Rebirth finding some
positive reception but Oshikiri and Kakashi largely
failing to impress his fans or audiences in general.
From November 12th of 2001, an entirely new comic
series called Gyo, about an apparent invasion by fish
that have grown legs, started in Big Comics Spirits
the number of movies adapted from Junji Ito's comics
and the current release of many of his individual
comics in the Horror Collection, it would be a mistake
to assume that Ito has gained widespread popularity
in Japan. Gyo, his most recent comic, is being published
second last in the 300+ page Spirits Weekly, his horror
collection is only available new at specialty stores
or by mail order, much as it is in the United States,
and Japanese audiences are still largely unaware of
his movies despite the quarterly nature of their release.