Paul Schrader's brilliant 1985 evocation/exploration of the life and philosophy of Japanese author Yukio Mishima This is the original WB dvd release, not the later Criterion one.
A beautifully filmed true story of a writer caught in a sword vs pen dilemma, and his ideologically intense but doomed attempt at action. Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2010 by ConcreteDreamer
Perhaps Paul Schraeder should have kept Mishima's words in mind when he wrote and directed this disaster of an art movie.
The central concept of the movie is an abomination. Read more
It struck me whilst watching Mishima that the film has a very clear, but perhaps unintentional, interpretation of his behaviour in his final years. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Jonathan Harris
With its multiple timeframes, minimalist aesthetic, and intercut dramatized extracts from Mishima's novels, on paper this film sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2003 by Steven Reynolds
What a wonderful film. I initally picked it up because, as a fan of George Lucas, I own every film that Lucasfilm put out. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002 by Jon Cruz
I had never heard of Mishima before seeing this movie on videotape in the mid-1980's. Since that time I have read many of Mishima's books and have enjoyed some of them thoroughly. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002 by K. O. RN
I had never heard of the writer Mishima before seeing this movie on videotape in the mid-1980's. Since that time I have read many of Mishima's books and have enjoyed most of them... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002 by K. O. RN
This film is a masterpiece of cinema and by far my favourite film. I have video copies of the English version and the Japanese version (Japanese narration with English subtitles),... Read morePublished on May 13 2002 by "garrasguy"