Taipei as Shinjuku's other

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCinema at the city's edge : film and urban networks in East Asia
PublisherHong Kong University Press
Pages55-67
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9789622099838
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Gangster Films
  • Japanese Cinema
  • Mukokuseki
  • Taipei
  • Taiwan New Cinema
  • Yakuza Genre

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YEH, Y. Y. E. (2010). Taipei as Shinjuku's other. In Cinema at the city's edge : film and urban networks in East Asia (pp. 55-67). Hong Kong University Press. https://doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099845.003.0004