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


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


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