Mishima

Well…here’s a treat, and something I’ve somehow missed until now and only knew from the Philip Glass soundtrack. I don’t know how long it will stay up, but below is Paul Schrader’s 1985 film based on the life of Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. It’s framed by the events which occurred on this day in 1970, which resulted in Mishima’s death (which is also the focus of a Japanese film released earlier this year). Those events, still scarcely believable over four decades later, are interspersed with episodes from the rest of Mishima’s life rendered in prosaic black and white as well as recreations of scenes from his works in stylised colour.

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4 comments

  1. I’ve always loved this film, and of course the soundtrack. Thanks for reminding me!

  2. A great film. I managed to see it at the flix when it came out.

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