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Takeshi Kitano
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The mini-narratives of Takeshi Kitano are arbitrary and necessary: arbitrary, because there is no evident connection between the images in a given narrative; necessary, because once the images are grouped there appears to be a connection (causation, linearity). The secret power of Kitano's mini-narratives are in the opacity and immobility of his photographs like his rigid face, then the outburst, the sudden violence, the turning, that comes apparently from nowhere, from the other side, like a Rossellinian miracle, and that makes time rush backwards into the present. The force and energy of Kitano's images were opportunities for the filmmakers who had been invited by Cahiers du cinéma to play Kitano's game. In Kitano's film Violent Cop, the images are as if deframed, denied perspective, without borders or centre.

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