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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

“Graced with a throbbing orchestral score from Philip Glass and John Bailey's luminous photography, this is appropriately monumental filmmaking.” Time Out

3 March 2018 25 March 2018

Japanese/English with Thai/English subtitles

 

 

Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collagelike portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima investigates the inner turmoil and contradictions of a man who attempted an impossible harmony between self, art, and society. Taking place on Mishima’s last day, when he famously committed public seppuku, the film is punctuated by extended flashbacks to the writer’s life as well as by gloriously stylized evocations of his fictional works. With its rich cinematography by John Bailey, exquisite sets and costumes by Eiko Ishioka, and unforgettable, highly influential score by Philip Glass, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is a tribute to its subject and a bold, investigative work of art in its own right.

“Philip Glass's score still takes the breath away.” - Daily Telegraph

“It's Mishima's diagrammatic structure that most perfectly suits its subject, defined by his will to harmony.” Village Voice

“The gorgeous, artsy 1985 biopic Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is the best movie that Paul Schrader has yet directed.” The Times (UK)

“Graced with a throbbing orchestral score from Philip Glass and John Bailey's luminous photography, this is appropriately monumental filmmaking.” Time Out

 

 

About the film

Director: Paul Schrader
Country: USA
Year: 1985
Duration: 121 mins
Short Film: TBA