Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Paul Schrader

 
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1985
  • 120 minutes
  • Color, Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #432

Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collagelike portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) 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.

Cast

Yukio MishimaKen Ogata
MoritaMasayuki Shionoya
Cadet no. 1Hiroshi Mikami
Cadet no. 2Junya Fukuda
Cadet no. 3Shigeto Tachihara
General MashitaJunkichi Orimoto
Mishima, age 18-19Go Riju
Mishima, age 5Yuki Nagahara
MizoguchiYasosuke Bando
MarikoHisako Manda
OsamuKenji Sawada
KiyomiReisen Lee
MitsukoSetsuko Karasuma
TakeiYasuaki Kurata
IsaoToshiyuki Nagashima
Lieutenant HoriHiroshi Katsuno
IzutsuHiroki Ida
KuraharaJun Negami

Credits

DirectorPaul Schrader
ScreenplayChieko Schrader, Paul Schrader and Leonard Schrader
Executive producersGeorge Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola
ProducerTom Luddy, Mataichiro Yamamoto and Mata Yamamoto
Associate producerLeonard Schrader
MusicPhilip Glass
CinematographyJohn Bailey
Production designEiko Ishioka
Costume designEiko Ishioka
SoundLeslie Shatz
Visual effectsCatherine Craig

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the director’s cut, supervised and approved by director Paul Schrader and cinematographer John Bailey
  • Optional English and Japanese voice-over narrations, the former by Roy Scheider, the latter by Ken Ogata
  • New audio commentary featuring Schrader and producer Alan Poul
  • New video interviews with Bailey, producers Tom Luddy and Mata Yamamoto, composer Philip Glass, and production designer Eiko Ishioka
  • New video interviews with Mishima biographer John Nathan and friend Donald Richie
  • New audio interview with coscreenwriter Chieko Schrader
  • Video interview excerpt featuring Mishima talking about writing
  • The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima, a 55-minute BBC documentary about the author
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Kevin Jackson, a piece on the film’s censorship in Japan, and photographs of Ishioka’s sets

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Mishima: Pen and Sword

By Kevin Jackson June 30, 2008

The idea of self-fashioning—of deliberately taking the raw materials of one’s body and mind and transforming them into a work of art—has been with us at least since the Renaissance. Yet no one, . . . Read more »

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Press Notes

Press Notes: A New Chapter for Mishima

December 16, 2008

Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, released earlier this year in a Criterion special edition DVD, begins a one-week theatrical run today at New York’s Film Forum, in a new 35 mm . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mishima: Pen and Sword

By Kevin Jackson June 30, 2008

The idea of self-fashioning—of deliberately taking the raw materials of one’s body and mind and transforming them into a work of art—has been with us at least since the Renaissance. Yet no one, . . . Read more »