Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collage-like 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.
|Original Title||Mishima - A Life In Four Chapters|
|Directed by||Paul Schrader|
|Screenplay||Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader|
|Film Editing||Michael Chandler, Tomoyo Oshima|
|Sound||Tom Bellfort, Gary Clayton|
|Décors||Eiko Ishioka, Kazuo Takenaka, Kyoji Sasaki|
|Costumes||Etsuko Yagyu, Eiko Ishioka|
|Production||Tom Luddy, Mataichirô Yamamoto, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas|
|Language||Japanisch/d + f|
Filmfestival Cannes 1985, Competition: Best Artistic Contribution
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