On November 25th 1970, a man committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese Ministry of Defense. The man was Yukio Mishima, one of Japan’s greatest and most celebrated novelists.With four members of his own private army — the Tatenokai — Mishima had taken the commandant hostage and called upon the assembled military outside the Ministry to overthrow their society and restore the powers of the Emperor. When the soldiers mocked and jeered Mishima, he cut short his speech and withdrew to the commandant’s office where he committed seppuku — the samurai warrior’s death — tearing open his belly with a ceremonial knife before being beheaded by one of his colleagues. What was Mishima truly trying to express through his actions? –Wild Bunch
Kōji Wakamatsu (若松孝二, Wakamatsu Kōji?) (born 1 April 1936) is a Japanese film director who directed such pinku eiga films as Ecstasy of the Angels (天使の恍惚, Tenshi no Kōkotsu?, 1972) and Go, Go Second Time Virgin (ゆけゆけ二度目の処女, Yuke Yuke Nidome no Shojo?, 1969). He also produced Nagisa Ōshima’s controversial film In the Realm of the Senses (1976). He has been called “the most important director to emerge in the pink film genre,” and one of “Japan’s leading directors of the 1960s.”
Kōji Wakamatsu was born in Wakuya, Miyagi, Japan on 1 April 1936. Wakamatsu worked as a construction worker before beginning his film career with Nikkatsu in 1963.
Between 1963 and 1965, he directed 20 exploitation films for the studio, based on sensational topics of the day. He became interested in the Pink Film genre after the success of Tetsuji Takechi’s 1964 Daydream. Nikkatsu submitted his Skeleton in the Closet (壁の中の秘事, Kabe no Naka no Himegoto?) (also known as Secrets Behind the Wall) (1965… read more
A contrary approach to Schrader's mythologized version, partially reached by casting Arata against types he normally plays. For Wakamatsu the reason for Mishima's coupe d'etat and suicide is not to be found in his literary works, but in his envy for the political left and what they archived. The film is far from as bad as people in the comments here make you believe, but also miles away from The United Red Army.
Quite bad! As bad as all Wakamatsu's stuff since 2007 & his discovery of dv camera! So: ugly, no style, bad acting, bad rhythm, bad music. Looks like the worst j-dramas. Don't know what he wanted to do since he is/was a left-wing activist, highly hater of patriotisms. Surely he wanted to ridicule Mishima? he quite succeeded with this ridiculously not charismatic actor, so refined, so gay (&so unmuscular haha)
Fantasia '12 Interesting but antiseptic take on the final four years of Mishima's life. Wakamatsu attempts to document the man and not the artist like Schrader did back in '85. The film is cold and calculated in tone, colour and content. One feels Mishima well captured here but hard to understand his passion and beliefs with the limited information provided.
The great Japanese pinku-political filmmaker has died after being hit by a car in Tokyo.
Kôji Wakamatsu continues his look at Japanese history with a micro-biopic on the passion of Yukio Mishima.