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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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This is the Sea

This is the Sea

(p.86) Chapter Five This is the Sea
The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano

Sean Redmond

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyses the sea as a particular type of liminal heterotopia where time is unwound, and sensations lost in the urban world are newly found or reignited. The sea and the beach are the most significant sites for this limitless becoming. They are the places of play and of contemplation; a retreat, the last “exit” and the point-of-no-return. They are feminine and enigmatic; a timeless landscape in which time has stopped and yet where it is running out for those who have gone there to escape and rejuvenate. It is suggested that Kitano uses the beach and the sea to play out the liquid politics of time in an attempt to find new temporal realities beyond the horizon of representation.

Keywords:   sea, heterotopia, urban world, beach, liquid politics, temporal realities

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