Watched for the second time in just over a week. Help. "The instant the blade tore open his flesh, the bright disk of the sun soared up behind his eyelids and exploded, lighting the sky for an instant."
I recently re-watched this in HD, previously only seen it on VHS. From a visual standpoint there were many flourishes I really liked. Eiko Ishioka's production and costume design in particular. Glassy's score actually started to get on my nerves after a while (sacrilege, I know). It ended up becoming quite intrusive in the repetition of the main refraine, and histrionic. But, Ken Ogata is always a commanding geezer.
One of my all time favorite movies. One of the greatest scores of all time, coupled with awesome set design, Schrader's magnificent (as usual) script, great acting, beautiful cinematography - it certainly holds true to Mishima's aesthetic. 5/5. 10/10 if I could.
Yukio Mishima is a fascinating character I’ve never seen on film before, an acclaimed author whose world-view leads to a bizarre life and even more bizarre death. Schrader films in three distinct styles for his contemporary story, flashback and depictions of his writing. With all Japanese actors and dialogue and his own visual flair (and a very effective score by Phillip Glass), it the ultimate East meets West.
Beautiful. Probably would have never seen this film without the auteurs. Absolutely fantastic. Read a little backstory on Mishima and his works. The golden pavillion, kyoko's house, and runaway horses are three of his novels which are featured in the film which help to explain the man.
Yukio Mishima is a subject of great embarrassment to my parents' generation in Japan. I suggested the film to them but they wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. Being sufficiently removed from the politics of the era myself, I was able to enjoy the stunning imagery, Ogata's fearless performance and Schrader's impeccable direction on their own. It is an extraordinary vision.
A visually pleasing, beautifully laid out film that really depicts Mishima's life in a way that nothing else would. After I saw this (in a theater, but the Criterion version is tops with a really nice cover), I promptly ran out and bought Confessions of a Mask, his first book. I've never been inspired to do that. The score is also good.
This was just one of those films I knew I was going to love for one reason or another, but shit, I wasn't prepared for the spotlessly bright and perfectly shot images. The structure works very well, and Ogata is amazing, as usual. I would only recommend for those interested deeply in Mishima's personal and literary life.