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The Cinema of Takeshi KitanoFlowering Blood$
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Sean Redmond

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163330

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163330.001.0001

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Becoming Lost in Tokyo

Becoming Lost in Tokyo

(p.1) Introduction Becoming Lost in Tokyo
The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano

Sean Redmond

Columbia University Press

This introductory chapter places this study in the context of a cineaste pilgrim, or a film fan, seeking out their favourite art or artist in order to discover some legacy from the latter, or to experience some existential “truth” in great art. In seeking out the art of Takeshi Kitano in particular as well as the art of the East in broader terms, the perspective in this book is necessarily coloured with issues of Otherness, Orientalism, and stranger fetishism. Yet from within this cocoon of Western subjectivity stands a critical and conceptual take on Kitano as an auteur of loss, whose discourse of atomisation speaks across the waves.

Keywords:   cineaste pilgrim, film, Takeshi Kitano, Otherness, Orientalism, stranger fetishism, Western subjectivity, auteur of loss

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