Mishima - A Life In Four Chapters


Mishima - A Life In Four Chapters

Paul SchraderJapan – 1985

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
German Title Mishima
French Title Mishima
Other Titles Mishima
Directed by Paul Schrader
Country Japan
Available Formats DCP
Screenplay Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader
Film Editing Michael Chandler, Tomoyo Oshima
Soundtrack Philip Glass
Cinematography John Bailey
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
Runtime 120 Min.
Language Japanisch/d + f
Ken Ogata
Masayuki Shionoya
Hiroshi Mikami
Junya Fukuda
Shigeto Tachihara
Junkichi Orimoto
Naoko Otani
Gô Rijû
Masato Aizawa
Yuki Nagahara
Kyuzo Kobayashi
Yuuki Kitazume
Haruko Kato
Yasosuke Bando
Hisako Manda

Filmfestival Cannes 1985, Competition: Best Artistic Contribution


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