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Rising Sun, Divided LandJapanese and South Korean Filmmakers$
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Kate Taylor-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165853

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165853.001.0001

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The Legacy of a Violent Man

The Legacy of a Violent Man

Kitano Takeshi

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(p.99) The Legacy of a Violent Man
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Rising Sun, Divided Land
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Kate E. Taylor-Jones

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165853.003.0009

This chapter discusses Japanese director, editor, writer, and producer Kitano Takeshi. Born in 1947 in Tokyo, Kitano grew up in a lower-class neighborhood where he developed an understanding and appreciation for those that were marginalized and excluded from mainstream society. Kitano first emerged on Japanese television as part of a manzi comedy duo known as “The Two Beats,” which offered audiences chaotic, often highly offensive comedy routines. In his debut film Violent Cop (Sono otoko, kyobo ni tsuki, 1989), Kitano took on the joint role of lead actor and director. The film dealt with the key themes of violence and hostility. Films such as Zatoichi (2003), Dolls (2000), and Hana-bi (1997) feature Japanese locations, arts, and traditions, offering international audiences a notion of Japan as a national space while simultaneously disavowing the notion of “Japaneseness”.

Keywords:   Japanese films, Japanese film directors, filmmakers, Kitano Takeshi, Violent Cop, Sono otoko, kyobo ni tsuki, Zatoichi, Dolls, Hana-bi

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