Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Director: Paul Schrader Cast: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami
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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Paul Schrader's handling of Yukio Mishima and his obssesive strange tale is mesmerizing, beautiful, and horrific...all at the same time. Mishima is one of the most contradictory men you could ever pay witness to (much like Schrader's other Man-In-A-Room Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver). Preaching a return to bushido, while living in a relatively expensive Western-styled house?! Fascinating at every turn. His death by seppuku could be construed as merely a political stance, but this film presents it as a personal choice. He rehearsed it for most of his life. This DVD has only four stars because of two reasons. One, I really wanted more extras, such as the Biography program on Mishima. Or current documentaries on Mishima's legacy. More fact based material to back up the film. Two, I seriously enjoyed Paul Schrader's commentary track, but wished there was another one from cinematographer John Bailey and other technical folks. The film is absolutely stunning to look at and would like to know how they did it and what obstacles they came across. All in all, it's a great DVD, but it left me wanting more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even if you aren't into Japanese culture, this is a movie which will stay with you for the end of your days. An absolute brilliant piece of work that should be enjoyed by all. Mishima was an odd duck with a warp mind, but viewers can identify with the struggles he had as a human being. The music score adds to the images so much that I actively sought out the nearly 20 year-old CD soundtrack. That should say something. So far I've watched Mishima five times and still am looking forward to watching it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mishima is one of the great movies. What I love about it is that it intertwines both the realism of cinematic narration with the lyricism of theater. The music is beautiful and ads to the whole in order to make it a masterpiece. This movie is a must for all who love Japanese culture. It is a must for the existentialist too. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was in university in US, I had seen this movie once. Even it is not released in Japan, I was surprised that description of Mishima's life is quite accurate and touch of Japanese beauty is so sensitive. This time I have bought DVD for this. Even 8 years have been past from my first appreciation, it was still impressive. Sometimes American translation of Japanese tradition and beauty are way off from their inner philosophy and shows completely different side. But this one is not. Mishima is very famous for his rightist and ''Bushi-do (way of Samurai)'' idea and wrote many books related his idea. This movie shows the way he lived beautifully.