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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
"perfect purity is possible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood”
I don't know why, but this film really worked for me. It has some problems with the pacing (I didn't like the editing in the first half), but I thought it was great how the film says more about the spiritual journey of Mishima, than its physical journey. We know so much and yet, so little. It manages to tell a story that really didn't exist in the film, it is almost a way to collect pieces and to form the film in our minds. A really powerful experience for me.
a weird movie, lots of talk about art and beauty but the thought seemed dated. it's odd to see the writer and his stories depicted in the same film; a successful experiment. WERY INTEWESTING
Turning whores into saints
“Self important.” “Tries too hard.” Pay them no mind. They’re just trying to bring you down because they’re scared.They don’t know what you have inside, what stirs beneath the surface, the richness and beauty. Listen to your heart and it will lead you home. Don’t stray from your path. Be disciplined, courageous, and pure for the path is narrow and the road is long.
“Self importance.” “Tries too hard.” Take no heed of their petty words. They’re just trying to bring you down because they’re weak and insecure. They don’t know what you have inside. They’ve never dared to dream. They don’t see the power, the exuberant beauty of what lies in dreams. They don’t fucking know you. Stay true to your hate, discipline your heart, and you will find yourself and all the world will tremble before you.
(didn't know which way to go)
this movie is the closest thing we will ever get to pure art
Poetisch verklärtes Biopic über Japans Schriftstellerikone, der sich im Zuge seines immensen Erfolgs und Popularität im zerrissenen Nachkriegsjapan den Traditionen und Wertvorstellungen der Samurai zuwandte. Typische Schrader-Gimmicks (Neonlichtorgien), die aber gut zu einem melodramtischen Pathos-Typen wie Mishima passen.
What a beautiful, poetic, moving experience.
best biopic I've ever seen
and a big thank to philip glass for make me cry (a lot)
Maybe the greatest biopic of all time. Definitely the only biopic that stands as a true work of art.
A beautiful film about an imperialist psychopath.
The only film i love more than Phantom of the paradise
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