Patriotism

Playwright and novelist Yukio Mishima foreshadowed his own violent suicide with this ravishing short feature, his only foray into filmmaking, yet made with the expressiveness and confidence of a true cinema artist. All prints of Patriotism (Yûkoku), which depicts the seppuku of an army officer, were destroyed after Mishima's death in 1970, though the negative was saved, and the film resurfaced thirty-five years later. New viewers will be stunned at the depth and clarity of Mishima's vision, as well as his graphic depictions of sex and death. The film is presented here with a choice of Japanese or English intertitles.

Film Info

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the Japanese and English versions, with optional Japanese or English intertitles
  • A 45-minute audio recording of Yukio Mishima speaking to the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Japan
  • A 45-minute making-of documentary, featuring crew from the film's production
  • Interview excerpts featuring Mishima discussing war and death
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns, Mishima's original short story, and Mishima's extensive notes on the film's production

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the Japanese and English versions, with optional Japanese or English intertitles
  • A 45-minute audio recording of Yukio Mishima speaking to the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Japan
  • A 45-minute making-of documentary, featuring crew from the film's production
  • Interview excerpts featuring Mishima discussing war and death
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by renowned critic and historian Tony Rayns, Mishima's original short story, and Mishima's extensive notes on the film's production

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Patriotism
Cast
Yukio Mishima
The lieutenant
Yoshiko Tsuruoka
Reiko
Credits
Director
Yukio Mishima
Screenplay
Yukio Mishima
Director
Domoto Masaki

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Patriotism: The Word Made Flesh

Patriotism, or The Rite of Love and Death, poses an unusual question: what impels a novelist to make a film? Actually, few have ever done so. The number has shot up recently, thanks to a surge in China, but for many years the French had the syndrome …

By Tony Rayns


Jul 1, 2008