Mishima A Life in Four Chapters

  • Directors: Paul Schrader
  • Producers: Mataichiro Yamamoto, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Tom Luddy, Leonard Schrader, Mata Yamamoto
  • Writers: Leonard Schrader, Paul Schrader, Chieko Schrader, Yukio Mishima
  • Genres: Biography, Drama
  • Actors: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Junkichi Orimoto, Kenji Sawada

The film is drawn into four chapters: Beauty, Art, Action, and Harmony of Pen and Sword. Each chapter features black and white flashbacks from Mishima’s life, highly stylized, theatrical scenes from three Mishima novels (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko’s House, and Runaway Horses), and a realistic docudrama-style story of Mishima’s final day (the soundtrack follows this by accompanying the black-and-white flashbacks with a string quartet, the theatrical scenes with a string orchestra and synthesizers, and the “docudrama” scenes with a full symphonic orchestra). In the end, the protagonists of all three novels are shown achieving their destructive and/or suicidal objectives as Mishima himself commits seppuku.

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