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Beat Takeshi Vs. Takeshi Kitano

Beat Takeshi Vs. Takeshi Kitano

Casio Abe, Daisuke Miyao

ISBN: 9781885030405

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Cultural Writing. Film Studies. Asian Studies. Translation. Translated from the Japanese by William O. Gardner and Takeo Hori. World-renowned filmmaker Takeshi Kitano initially became popular in his native Japan through his legendarily caustic alter ego, the comedian Beat Takeshi. Here in the United States, he is primarily known for innovating a stylish noir aesthetic admired by such directors as Marin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. This collection of essays by Casio Abe, one of Japan's preeminent cultural critics, examines both Kitano's films and his Beat Takeshi persona, offering an incisive critique of the television culture that Kitano's films and comedy both draw on and play against. It is the first book on Kitano's work to be published in English.
Casio Abe

Casio Abe

Born in 1958, Casio Abe is the author of several books on Japanese film and popular culture. His most recent books include “Nihon Eiga no 21 Seiki ga Hajimaru” (2005 Kinema Junposha), “Mikio Naruse” (2005 Kawade Shobo Shinsha), “Boku ha Konna Nichijo ya Kanjo de dekiteimasu” (2007 Shobunsha) and “Manga ha Ugoku” (2008 Izumi Shobo). He was a specially appointed professor in Faculty of Arts, Course ... view full profile

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