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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
August 4, 2013 - 7:00 pm
Paul Schrader.

Directed by Paul Schrader

Writer-director Paul Schrader’s dazzling bravura biopic of infamous Japanese author Yukio Mishima is a masterpiece of psychological depth and literary adaptation.  One of the most important Japanese artists of the 20th century, Mishima was obsessed with the aesthetic transformation of the body and reality as the ultimate expression of the artist’s will.  Schrader weaves together scenes from Mishima’s novels and life, culminating in the author’s ritualistic suicide, to create one of the best American films of the 1980s.  

Warner Bros. Producer: George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, Mata Yamamoto, Tom Luddy. Based on the novels “Temple of the Golden Pavilion,” “Kyoko’s House” and “Runaway Horses” by Yukio Mishima. Screenwriter: Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader, Chieko Schrader. Cinematographer: John Bailey.  Editor: Michael Chandler, Tomoyo Oshima. Cast: Ken Ogata, Naoko Otani, Yasosuke Bando, Kenji Sawada, Toshiyuki Nagashima. 

35mm, color, 121 min.

Watch the trailer below.