Jiali Liang

Abstract

This thesis studies Ryusuke Hamaguchi's films in terms of three different layers of space: physical, perceptual, and imaginary. The aesthetic function of numerous key architectural features and their impact on the behavior of characters are the basis for the analysis of physical and perceptual spaces. We'll look at how desire and identity shape imaginary space in ways we can't see or hear. Ryusuke Hamaguchi frequently undermines the illusion of cinematic space through his characters' enigmatic gaze and the reverse gaze from non-human space. Finally, we can say that Hamaguchi's true vision of space is influenced by the Japanese concept of MA - the space in between - as well as the Eastern landscape's perspective on human-space equality.

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