Time, Space and Whatever

Sean Redmond

in The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print March 2013 | ISBN: 9780231163330
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231850230 | DOI:
Time, Space and Whatever

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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

Chapter.  10508 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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