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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Ranaway Horses. The last part depicts the events of 25th November 1970.
Absolutely flawless. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters takes a man who yearned to be an work of art and transforms his life into that very idea, constructing a stunning biopic of immense beauty that flows right alongside his hopes, dreams, desires, and realities. Split into four chapters (obviously), Paul Schrader builds a testament to Yukio Mishima (his pen-name) and his never-ending quest for successful nationalism by enriching moments from his multiple novels.
These segments, which make up most of the first three parts, feel universally personal in spite of their gorgeous and operatic flavor, exploding and crumbling in various ways that evoke the visualization of fleeting memories. While Mishima focuses on many important plot points like other traditional…
"Dying isn't everything, you know."
I seriously doubt this even crossed Paul Schrader's mind, but this handily sidesteps almost every biopic pitfall there is, from the huge ones like "not formally interesting" to more insidious ones like "drawing rote, superficial connections between life and work." Biopics don't have any style? This movie has Schrader juggling four or five different styles, all with their own thematic purposes and their own interconnected threads. Add in Philip Glass' rapturous, beautiful score, a certain hall of famer, and you're getting close to masterpiece territory.
I was at the screening where Lars said "ironic beheadings" too.
Wow, a biopic that was actually interesting! This genre usually does nothing for me…but Mishima is done in a unique enough way that it manages to remain narratively unique while still roughly staying in biopic territory. The story of Yukio Mishima is told in an odd flashback format in which it alternates between his own life story and reenactments of his fictional works. The way it’s done is just really interesting, I found it quite fun to see parallels in Mishima’s young life being played out in the books he would later write.
The film is also without doubt a visual spectacle. What is so intriguing about that 80’s flavored color palette? It’s almost like everything leans towards pastel a…
"A man's desire to become beautiful is also a desire for death."
harmonizes actual events of Mishima's life, his nationalism, his persona as an artist, his fiction, and his own self-image, ultimately fully empathizing with his will to power and violent transcendence.
a BiOpIc BeInG aCtUaLlY gOoD
I'm completely torn on this one.
On the one hand, the look of this film is marvelous. The sets and locations are stunning. The cinematography and camera work are nearly one of a kind. The score by Philip Glass is wonderful as well. The music really adds to the final product and feels like it was born alongside the film. Finally there is the structure of the film. This is a bio-pick, and typically this type of story is told in a very linear and straightforward style. What director Paul Schrader does here is to use passages from the books Mishima wrote, and use those to look back on the life of the artist. The result is a creative and…
Hmm.. what an odd little film. Can't say I didn't enjoy it though.
Fantastic acting and editing. Impressive colour scheme. Great costumes and a powerful score from Philip Glass.
Great biopic about a fascinating writer, who is obsessed with beauty and Nationalism. The moral of the story is: if you surppress your homosexuality for too long, you will overthrow your government. Let that be a lesson to you darn kids!
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is beautiful experience that depicts the life, nature, and artistic works of one of Japan's most famous and enigmatic writers. Paul Schrader's film grapples with the many themes that Mishima, himself, dealt with in his novels, plays, and films. Namely, the relationships between beauty, the human body, the nature and meaning of art, duty, and perhaps most importantly, patriotism. I say most importantly for the later, because of the events of Mishima's last day and the the beliefs that led him to carry out the events of November 25, 1970.
The film unfolds in a very unique way. We see Mishima wake up in his regal mansion, dress himself in an officer's uniform and…
Paul Schrader's 80s epic is a slight disappointment. The mix of B&W images with color sequences feels kind of outdated today and the main character remains distant and dull. The film has a powerful ending though.
One of the most inspiring artistic achievements I've seen in recent memory.
A masterwork. Philip Glass' score works perfectly and Schrader's screenplay, consisting primarily of Yukio Mishima's own words, and direction are visionary. From the ingenious organization into the four chapters to the integration of the writer's fiction with important memories of the writer's life to the different color palettes which decorate each level of the film's realities and fantasies, this exquisite and deeply felt biopic is one of the best I've ever seen. Schrader captures the essence of a life.
So good. One of the best biopics ever.
Siento que me es necesario informarme más sobre el legendario Yukio Mishima, que casualmente ha estado presente en mis últimas lecturas (por ejemplo: www.goodreads.com/book/show/3211793-le-tour-de-la-prison) y del cual he tenido consciencia de su existencia desde hace un tiempo gracias al maestro literario japones, Yasunari Kawabata (de quien fue discípulo), para poder comprender mejor la belleza de este biopic. De seguro lo estaré revisitando. <3
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a work about the act of creating art while simultaneously striving to become it oneself. Yukio Mishima's career seemed to be one rumination on the same subject after another, youth and beauty and a longing for an imperialist past driving his artistic process throughout his life until his final act that serves as both a culmination of this ideology and an indictment of its inherent flaws. Schrader's approach is unpredictable, heavily-stylized sets serving as the environment for the stagings of his works, these precursive adaptations allowing for insights into Mishima's life in ways that the standard forms of conveyance wouldn't. These make up a majority of the film, each bizarre and intriguing in…
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