Taipei as Shinjuku’s Other

Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh

in Cinema at the City's Edge

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099845
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206731 | DOI:

Series: TransAsia: Screen Cultures

Taipei as Shinjuku’s Other

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Mukokuseki (literally, “nation-less”), is the practice of crossing, hybridization, and co-production. This chapter focuses on the concept of mukokuseki in the spatial imagination of Japanese gangster films or the yakuza genre, with a focus on the representation of Taipei. It consists of three parts: mukokuseki as a mode of production and urban representation; Taipei as an ambivalent site for mukokuseki ventures; and finally, Taiwan New Cinema scenes as desirable locations/edges for the stylistic reorientation of contemporary Japanese cinema.

Keywords: mukokuseki; gangster films; yakuza genre; Taipei; Taiwan New Cinema; Japanese cinema

Chapter.  5457 words. 

Subjects: Film

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