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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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Time, Space and Whatever

Time, Space and Whatever

Chapter One Time, Space and Whatever
The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano

Sean Redmond

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the temporal and spatial coordinates of a Kitano film, linking them to the time image, the memorial image, and to the specificities of urban living and nomadism. Kitano's works are often approached with an often simplistic, linear analysis that chronicles how his films have become less radical and more mainstream over time, but such an analysis neglects to address the various mutliplicities articulated in, across, and in-between Kitano's entire oeuvre. His work has transgressive potential, frequently taking the viewer beyond or through the limit. Kitano's artistic aim, in the end, is to enter chaos, embrace catastrophe, so that his work can see/sense beyond language and entertain thoughts outside of subjectivity.

Keywords:   Kitano film, time image, memorial image, urban living, nomadism, multiplicities, catastrophe, subjectivity, artistic aim

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