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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 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…
Peculiar and engaging.
Great use of sound.
Those people who make yet another rote by-the-numbers biopic that simply follows a famous person from birth to death should really take a look at Mishima. It tells of why his art is important, how those themes he frequently revisits connect to his life, and manages to bring together both the artistic persona and the real life person. Plus it's appropriately stylistic without showing off in its set design, cinematography and music.
Genau so und nicht anders, sollten alle "Biopics" konzipiert werden. Keine langweilig Aneinanderreihung biographischer Erlebnisse, sondern ein Leben destilliert auf einige essentielle Szenen. Ein großartiger Film mit ebenso grandiosem Soundtrack. (Danke Philipp Glass) In einer Dankesrede an Paul Schrader, die er eindeutig verdient hat, auch wenn er zur Zeit nachgelassen hat, darf, neben "Taxi Driver" und "Raging Bull", "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" nicht unerwähnt bleiben, denn der Film gehört ohne Zweifel in die selbe Liga, wie die zwei erstgenannten.
This film is structured so well for the narrative and the themes it's communicating. It tells us a lot about art and beauty, and maintains this idea by the beauty and every shot and the Philip Glass score which accompanies the movie.
It's tough to not be engaged by all four chapters of this masterpiece.
What a movie...
Mishima is the best biopic I have ever seen and perhaps the strangest one as well. It is a beautifully shot film that tells the story of a Japanese author named Yukio Mishima who's books I haven't read yet (I can't wait). The life events of this author that are portrayed are mixed with segments from three of his books. All of this makes for a breathtaking film that I will never forget.
I usually hate biopics, because most of the time, their only purpose it to portray the real story accurately. Mishima is the most unconventional biopic out there and it manages to be more compelling, touching, disturbing and beautiful than any other one of those…
This very original biopic by Paul Schrader ponders the madness of living by a samurai code whose time has passed. It’s about passion, and the dangers of actually living out the ideas you explore in your art. It took me back to my college days, when we studied Mishima, specifically his short story collection "Death in Midsummer." Famously, he committed "seppuku," and the idea of plunging a sword into your own gut captured the imagination of young Scott. I remember musing on the parallels to the final bloodbath in Schrader’s “Taxi Driver” script. Mishima was into S&M, uniforms, and ritual, and was a species of revolutionary, a rightist. The movie shows us the famous attempted coup with handpicked members of…
This, I think, is more appropriate as an introduction to Mishima than a summary. The duel of words and actions obsessed the man, and his words and actions transcend Schrader's visuals.
Just incredible. Paul Schraders best directed film by a mile. Interspersing biography with the novels of Mishima to create the best biopic I've ever seen, this film delves into the mind of beliefs of one of Japan's most interesting and controversial figures with some of the best look films and set designs I have ever seen. The use of a mans art to better understand the artist rather than simple biography is what sets the film apart to make it a true masterpiece
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