At the Center of the Outside: Japanese Cinema Nowhere

Akira Mizuta Lippit

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

At the Center of the Outside: Japanese Cinema Nowhere

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This chapter examines Japanese films with themes focusing on the specificity of places—cities, states, worlds, and spaces—and on the relation between particular places and the larger world that surrounds it, to a “sense of the world.” One example is Yukisada Isao's 2004 Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World, which navigates a complex geography of disparate elements in space, time, history, and memory, developing a mode of transit that takes characters to and from specific times and places in a phantom passage between this world and that other world. As the title suggests, the film invokes a sense of the world, a center of the world, in the form of a sense or affect (love and loss) and a mode of expression, crying, or more accurately, shouting.

Keywords: Japanese films; sense of the world; Yukisada Isao; love and loss

Chapter.  4928 words. 

Subjects: Film

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