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Imitation and Creativity in Japanese ArtsFrom Kishida Ryusei to Miyazaki Hayao$
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Michael Lucken

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172929

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172929.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Imitation and Creativity in Japanese Arts

Michael Lucken

, Francesca Simkin
Columbia University Press

In Kitano Takeshi’s film Achilles and the Tortoise, a Japanese painter successively attempts to reproduce a number of twentieth-century art styles, from Cubism via Abstract Expressionism to body art.1 Although he starts off with an undeniable gift for drawing, his talent gets progressively lost as he immerses himself in imitating Western art movements that he only superficially understands; his life then gets mired in a yo-yo of burlesque failures and family crises....

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