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Cinema at the City's Edge$
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Yomi Braester and James Tweedie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099845

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099845.001.0001

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Taipei as Shinjuku’s Other

Taipei as Shinjuku’s Other

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(p.54) (p.55) 3 Taipei as Shinjuku’s Other
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Cinema at the City's Edge
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Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099845.003.0004

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

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