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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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Flowering Blood

Flowering Blood

(p.37) Chapter Two Flowering Blood
The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano

Sean Redmond

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the affecting, troubling, carnal power of violence as it manifests in the Kitano oeuvre. Violence is not understood to be singularly physical but built into the emotional fabric of the Kitano film world. This type of violence is herein explored as a “pain image” or a bloc of violent sensation; as the matter of blood; as body genre; and finally, as death, and death-as-life. Kitano blood, or “Kitano Red”, manifests these sensations of body and violence, as blood/the colour red materialises the wounded body, affecting life and death moments of pure becoming. Kitano also makes use of the camera in involving or implicating the viewer in his films in all their intensity. Pathos wraps itself around Kitano's entire film universe, with violence as not just acts, or feelings, but blocs of sensation that heat and wet the Kitano filmworld.

Keywords:   violence, Kitano filmworld, pathos, Kitano Red, blood, camera, pain image

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