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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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Film Analysis

Film Analysis

Visitor Q


(p.211) Film Analysis
Rising Sun, Divided Land

Kate E. Taylor-Jones

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes Miike Takashi's film Visitor Q (Bijitā Kyū, 2001), which sees a stranger integrate himself into a family's life and acts as a surreal catalyst to bring the family back together. Miike's film contains a series of references to well-known social problems which are facing modern Japanese society. Unlike Hollywood films that allow the audience to maintain a safe distance from the sex and violence in the film so they are not forced to consider them as related to their own lives, the audience in Visitor Q is forced to confront their own culpability in the actions and their continuing desire to watch.

Keywords:   Miike Takashi, Japanese films, Japanese film directors, filmmakers, Visitor Q, Bijitā Kyū, family

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