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Mishima1985

A Life in Four Chapters

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  • 4.4
Paul Schrader's visually stunning, collagelike portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the inner turmoil and contradictions of a man who attempted an impossible harmony between self, art and society. Taking place on Mishima's last day, when he famously committed public seppuku, the film is punctuated by extended flashbacks to the writer's life as well as by gloriously stylized evocations of his fictional works. With its rich cinematography by John Bailey, exquisite sets and costumes by Eiko Ishioka and unforgettable, highly influential score by Philip Glass, MISHIMA: A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS is a tribute to its subject and a bold, investigative work of art in its own right.

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top reviewer

4 ½ Fascinating biography of the nationalist author recounts the day of his suicide after attempting a coup d’état even more ridiculous than the Beer Hall Putsch, while interweaving the day’s events with dazzling staged enactments of his works and illuminating black and white flashbacks. Great Philip Glass score is minimalist but varied and even includes a 60’s-pop influenced section. The movie’s execution was more interesting than Mishima’s portrayal, and he seemed less interesting than other radical conservative authors like Ernst Junger and D’Annunzio.

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some of it is a total 5 but some of it is just sort of OK_Mishima might have been a brilliant writer but he was insane_i hate the army & everything it stands for