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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.
What the hell... why would someone make an interesting biopic, which for once actually made me want to know more about the person it was about? How ridiculous...
In all seriousness though, it's so refreshing to actually see a biopic which is made in a creative way. I loved seeing the reenactments of Mishima's fictional works as we saw parts of his real life which paralleled the events of these works or were connected in some other way. And the music, oh good fucking lord, I loved the music. I had a constant orgasm in my ears (shut up, it's possible!) because of the wonderful score by Philip Glass, which, for some reason, made me really want to watch In…
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…
I see most biopics as awards bait, just excuses for the actors to get Oscars. They don't bother making it historically accurate, or make you want to find out more about the real person, some of them don't even try to be at least entertaining. I think that as long as the main lead runs off with some golden statues, the filmmakers don't really care. So Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters was certainly a breath of fresh air for me, not only being informative, but entertaining as well. I obviously didn't personally know the real Yukio Mishima so I can't say this film was historically accurate in their depiction of him, but it did certainly make him to be…
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 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…
Mishima de Paul Schrader.
Extraña película biográfica sobre Mishima. Cuya vida se divide en 4 partes bien distintas unas de otras.
Un Mishima con graves conflictos internos, y que dio fin haciendose el harakiri.
4 episodios de su vida con una estupenda fotografía y ambientación, y como no la extraordinaria música de Philip Glass.
En algunos momentos parece una pelicula muy vanguardista con planos muy artísticos, quizás demasiados que ralentizan mucho la acción.
A brilliant masterwork. Lyrical about not only art but it's complex subject. I was enthralled and moved by Mishima's passion for art in ever day life.
Ken Ogata may be my 2nd favorite Japanese actor after the great Toshiro Mifune. Ogata is absolutely mesemerizing in the title role. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a masterpiece and it's probably Paul Schrader's best written film right next to Taxi Driver.
Schrader assembled a magnificent crew to work on this film: Eiko Ishioka who before this film worked in advertising as an art director and even created the logo for the Houston Rockets was hired on to be the Production Designer for this film, the sets she created for the dramatizations of Mishima's novels are breath-taking and incredibly unique. It almost reminds me a bit of Kwaidan.
Schrader also chose Philip Glass to score the music, I…
it is a good movie, filled with great pictures, the used of colors to avoid unnecesary dialogues, and good acting. at a personal lvl. the japanese culture it has been hard to digest.
The perfect encapsulation of what I believe a biopic should be. Schrader manages to capture Mishima as a myth - his contradictions, his art, his soul - all tied up into one, deeply poetic exploration of the sum of a man. Beautiful, poignant, scored magnificently, and structured so perfectly I wanted to cry. Yukio Mishima was many things, but, as this film states, he was mostly a man attempting to create a harmony of himself, his art, and his life - no mind whether all things contradict.
When you have the backing of Coppola and Lucas one's expectations are sky high,sadly this movie delivers in fits and starts...Paul Schrader works best when he writes the script,his character studies are his forte, because he penetrates the thought process of the individual...the non linear narrative here is hard to follow at times..Many aspects of Mishima's life is ignored especially the relationship with his dad and very less light is thrown upon his writing..Technically its a brilliant film including the cinematography with some astonishing imagery....finally a Japanese Director would have made the script really soar high.
Has the structure of a biopic though with hardly any of the form; like a personal memoir shrouded decoratively behind a free-standing dissertation on decades of oral Japanese history, political philosophy, and ritual disembowelment, and sheathed within a moving art exhibit within a kaleidoscopic rabbit hole. Cold when it comes to deciphering for what purpose the complex anatomy is necessarily relayed -- a topsy-turvy look into the mind of a man with a copious and myriad body of work -- but stimulating nonetheless as an abstract monument to an enduring intellectual dissident.
Or, in other words, "It's too beautiful".
Part film, part play, part dream. I'm not sure how Paul Schrader managed to piece together three distinct pieces so seamlessly but the elegance of Mishima's life I projected in full proportions here. Too many gorgeous scenes to count along with tiny Mishima-quotes such as the 'hot darkness of words' and 'exaggerated miseries.' And the Philip Glass score goes nice with a batch of seppukus.
a stylized biography of a surreal figure which refuses to condescend him by dipping into gossip about his personal life. the biographical scenes exist to lend context to his obsessions over the transformative power of violence and the space between an author and their work.
mishima's ambition to shape his personal life to his literature - "to make pen and sword one" - might resonate with anyone who wishes their fantasy and their reality were not separate.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…