Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters



After the famous Japanese author Yukio Mishima completed his last book, he occupied the army headquarters in Tokyo with four cadets of his self-proclaimed private army on 25 November 1970, to celebrate the event with a hugely symbolic act: a hostage-taking first gave the politically active poet access to the balcony, and from here he made a glowing, pro-emperor appeal to the assembled soldiers. Immediately after the failed attempted coup, Mishima put a ceremonial end to his life with the ancient Japanese custom of Harakiri. Schrader’s fearless and extremely captivating portrayal of a man who turned his life into a work of art lives up to the original in every aspect. Key milestones in Mishima’s biography are portrayed in melancholy, black-and-white flashbacks, and are combined with poetic and opulently staged scenes from his novels. Bold in its form and driven by the triumphant music of Philip Glass, Mishima is the most radical work in Schrader’s opus so far. (pj)



USA, Japan 1985
120 Min. bw/Color. DCP. Jap/E/e

Director: Paul Schrader

Script: Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader

Camera: John Bailey

Editor: Michael Chandler, Tomoyo Oshima

Music: Philip Glass

Cast: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Junkichi Orimoto, Naoko Otani


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