Paul Schrader's visually stunning, structurally audacious collage-like portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yuko 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 (ritual suicide), the film is punctuated by extended flashbacks to the writer's life as well as 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 sincere tribute to its subject and a bold, investigative work of art in its own right.
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
The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima, a 55-minute BBC documentary about the author
New interviews with Donald Richie and John Nathan, collaborators and friends of Yukio Mishima
New interviews with Bailey, producers Tom Luddy and Mata Yamamoto, composer Philip Glass, and production designer Eiko Ishioka
A new audio interview with co-screenwriter Chieko Schrader
A video interview excerpt featuring Mishima talking about writing
New and improved English subtitle translation
Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Kevin Jackson and a piece on the film's censorship in Japan.
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