Movies that are slightly off.
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 dearly wish I had the time to review this and explain why Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is one of my most beloved films. But alas, I do not have that luxury right now. Instead, I'll leave you with this.
"As words become particularized, and as men begin - in however small a way - to use them in personal, arbitrary ways, so their transformation into art begins. It was words of this kind that, descending on me like a swarm of winged insects, seized on my individuality and sought to shut me up within it. Nevertheless, despite the enemy's depredations upon my person, I turned their universality - at once a weapon and a weakness - back…
A brilliant piece of art, great directing, brilliant camerawork, and the scoring that feels like from a different realm.
A very interesting account of the works (three first chapters) and the attempted coup d'état of Japanese poet Yukio Mishima. Schrader capitalises fully on the materials potential to create something unique bordering to surrealism and constantly invents new ways of keeping the viewers attention, while loosely going through the philosophy of Mishima. At the end of the film I was excited to see if he included the failed attempt to decapitade Mishima by the assisting kaishakunin. I won't spoil that for you.
One of the greatest biopics ever.
If there is a God, Philip Glass's score brings me feeling to a place in God's presence; its one of the most beautiful scores I've ever heard. I used to spend time on the rocks at Lake Michigan watching the sunset listening to it *specifically 'Runaway Horses'*. Soul touching stuff.
It's all quite good, but man, did Philip Glass put in that work or what?
next time, bring a megaphone
An instant favorite.
It may even be in my top 10...
Here’s a rarity, a Japanese language film made on a relatively large budget by a high profile American director, and in the middle of the eighties long before people like Clint Eastwood or Mel Gibson were allowed to do things like that. I suppose it had to be an non Japanese person who made this, the man it’s about is just too controversial in his home country. This is a very creative film, an unconventional biopic which must have somewhat influenced Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There. The film takes place on the last day of Mishima’s life but is mainly told through B&W flashbacks and surrealistic adaptations of three of Mishima’s writings. The idea of telling a man’s story through his own writings is fascinating, and the whole thing fits in well with the themes of Paul Schrader like masculinity and sexual frustration, the life of Schrader’s Mishima really isn’t that far removed from Schrader’s Jake LaMotta.
Peculiar and engaging.
Great use of sound.
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
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