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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Globalisation and Cinema: Takeshi Miike, Japanese film and the question of a universal subjectivity

Deamer David.

The paper begins by examining the CGI cock-fighting scene from Takeshi Miike’s 'The City of Lost Souls' (2000), which mimics ‘bullet-time’ - the technology most easily associated with 'The Matrix' trilogy. This scene raises a specific question regarding the connection between Japanese and North American cinema. Why, for instance, spend such a large amount of the film’s limited budget on a sequence that is seemingly incidental to the narrative trajectory? Is this parody? Is Miike ridiculing the need for such technologies in the cinematic process? Is Miike, in other words, attacking North American cinema? Or, is this scene an example of Asian cinema taking Hollywood and employing its tricks in a specifically ‘Japanese’ context? Or..?

As this paper examines, this unusual sequence raises many essential questions about the status of Japanese Cinema in terms of (what Fredric Jameson has called) the Geopolitical Aesthetic. This paper, then, explores the relationship between globalisation and cinema. Starting from the premise that Hollywood is now, and has been for some time, a global culture industry, this paper opens up responses to Hollywood’s ‘cultural imperialism’ from the perspective of the Japanese director, or ‘arranger’ Takeshi Miike. Finally, some important questions on subjectivity under globalisation are discussed. Theoretical models will include Lacan, Jameson and Deleuze.


Deamer David  (United Kingdom)
Lecturer in English
Department of English
Manchester Metropolitan University

My central areas of expertise are Cinema Studies and Critical Theory. I lecture and hold seminars on a variety of film based courses such as ‘American Cinema’, ‘European Cinema’ & ‘Film and Film Theory’ (a course first presented by the late Antony Easthope). I also teach on the ‘Critical and Cultural Theory’ course. At present I am completing my PhD for MMU entitled ‘Cinema/Subjectivity/Globalisation’. Additionally, I am working as part of a team on ‘The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory’.

  • Takeshi Miike
  • Cinema
  • Subjectivity
  • Globalisation
  • Globalism
  • Delueze
  • Lacan
  • Jameson
Person as Subject
  • Takeshi Miike

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)