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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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Intense Alterity

Intense Alterity

Chapter:
(p.57) Chapter Three Intense Alterity
Source:
The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano
Author(s):

Sean Redmond

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163330.003.0004

This chapter focuses on identity and subjectivity filtered through the theme of Otherness and alien alterity as it manifests in issues of gender, sexuality, and nation. Kitano's films are populated by minority characters, and are structured around a peripheral vision that draws attention to visibilities usually hidden or masked in much of mainstream cinema. Otherness, however, is also internal; it rises up in every character, so that gender and sexuality is called into question. This bodily splitting and deterritorialisation is linked to transformations warmed by liquid modernity. Alien alterity in a Kitano film is an awesome realisation, one framed in terms of the double sublime.

Keywords:   identity, subjectivity, Otherness, alien alterity, gender, sexuality, nation, double sublime

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