Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Dir: Paul Schrader
Cast: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami
121mins   1985   Japan | US   15   Japanese | English   

A Cinelogue Screening, introduced by Dr Charlie Boddicker, who will discuss Nietzschean themes in the film and the work of Yukio Mishima

This 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 stylised evocations of his fictional works.

'Paul Schrader’s film Mishima is a boldly conceived, intelligent and consistently absorbing study of the Japanese writer and political iconoclast’s life, work and death' - Variety

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Mon 15 April