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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters


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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Paul Schrader, 1985

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.

Fri, Aug 19, 2011 7 PM
Sat, Aug 20, 2011 7 PM

"[Mishima] is the one I'd stand by—as a screenwriter it's Taxi Driver, but as a director it’s Mishima."—Paul Schrader

As suggested by the title, Paul Schrader's Mishima is a portrait in four parts of famed author, playwright, filmmaker, actor, and fervent Japanese nationalist Yukio Mishima, who committed ritual suicide after a failed coup d’état in 1970. One of the key figures of Japan's second generation of postwar writers, Mishima was under constant scrutiny not only because of his talent and politics, but also due to questions about his sexual orientation. The film has never had an official theatrical release in Japan. Print courtesy of Paul Schrader. (120 mins., 35mm)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.

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