Mishima

Mishima

a life in four chapters

DVD - 2008 | Japanese
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"Yukio Mishima was Japan's most celebrated author. On his death, he left a body of work consisting of 356 novels, 25 plays, 200 short stories and 8 volumes of essays. The public followed both his personal life and artistic works. On November 25, 1970, Mishima and 4 cadets from his private army entered the Eastern Army Headquarters, forcibly detained the commander and addressed the garrison." - Title screens. The four chapters are concerned with threads that ran through Mishima's life: beauty, art, action, and harmony of pen and sword. One of the most unlikely films to emerge from America in years, the film mixes biographical vignettes with a re-imagination of Mishima's last day, and dramatizations of excerpts from his literary works, demonstrating just how closely Mishima's art was tied to his life.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2008.
ISBN: 9781604650402
1604650400
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Mish
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (120 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (56 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Additional Contributors (Original Script): 永島敏行
坂東三津五郎
沢田研二
緖形拳
山本又一朗

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dcb_0
May 05, 2017

Good lessons in zealotry and megalomania. Try not to snicker and think, "That could never happen in MY country!".

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Liber_vermis
May 25, 2015

On November 25, 1970, three time Nobel Prize for Literature nominee Yukio Mishima and four members of his private militia attempted a coup d'état at a military base in Tokyo to restore the power of the emperor. This docu-drama interweaves the events of the failed coup with fantastical, dramatized scenes from his writing, primarily, "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion". The movie features music by the American tonal composer Philip Glass.

smustafi15 Nov 13, 2014

The soundtrack of this amazing biography is captivating, mesmerizing. The set designs use the most bold color palette. A study in one man's descent into madness.

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Liber_vermis
May 25, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Sadomasochistic cutting; self-inflicted knife stabbing

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Liber_vermis
May 25, 2015

Sexual Content: Female and male nudity

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