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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

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Genres: Biography, Drama
Starring: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami
Director: Paul Schrader
Plot Synopsis:

Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collagelike portrait of the acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the inner turmoil and contradictions of a man who attempted the impossible task of finding harmony among 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.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: May 22nd, 2018
    Movie Release Year: 1985
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:120 Minutes
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.85:1
    Audio Formats:Japanese DTS-HD MA 2.0
    Special Features:Two optional English narrations, including one by actor Roy Scheider
    Audio commentary from 2008 featuring Schrader and producer Alan Poul
    Interviews from 2007 and 2008 with Bailey, producers Tom Luddy and Mata Yamamoto, composer Philip Glass, and production designer Eiko Ishioka
    Interviews from 2008 with Mishima biographer John Nathan and friend Donald Richie
    Audio interview from 2008 with coscreenwriter Chieko Schrader
    Interview excerpt from 1966 featuring Mishima talking about writing
    The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima, a 55-minute documentary from 1985 about the author
    PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kevin Jackson, a piece on the film’s censorship in Japan, and photographs of Ishioka’s sets