Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Cinema of Takeshi KitanoFlowering Blood$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sean Redmond

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163330

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163330.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Intense Alterity

Intense Alterity

(p.57) Chapter Three Intense Alterity
The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano

Sean Redmond

Columbia University Press

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

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .