Short, dir. by Yukio Mishima
Japan, 1966, 28 min., Japanese with English subtitles
Yukio Mishima foreshadowed his own suicide with this ravishing short, his only foray into filmmaking. All prints of the movie, which depicts the seppuku of an army officer, were destroyed after Mishima’s death in 1970, though the negative was saved, and the film resurfaced thirty-five years later.
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Film, dir. by Paul Schrader
US, 1985, 121 min.
A stunning collage-like fictional account of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright, Yukio Mishima. 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 and stylized evocations of his novels, accompanied by an unforgettable score by Philip Glass.
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