Playwright and novelist Yukio Mishima foreshadowed his own violent suicide with this ravishing short feature, his only foray into filmmaking, yet made with the expressiveness and confidence of a true cinema artist. All prints of Patriotism (Yûkoku), which depicts the seppuku of a army officer, were destroyed after Mishima’s death in 1970, though the negative was saved, and the film resurfaced thirty-five years later. New viewers will be stunned at the depth and clarity of Mishima’s vision, as well as his graphic depictions of sex and death. The film is presented here with a choice of Japanese or English intertitles.
Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was a Japanese novelist, playwright, actor, film director, and poet. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature three times. Yukio Mishima obtained international fame and is generally agreed to be one of the most significant Japanese authors of the twentieth century. He was a prolific writer and wrote many pieces solely for profit. His creative catalog includes one film, one libretto, eighteen plays, twenty books of essays, twenty books of short fiction and forty novels. His most significant work exploited modern literary stylistics with traditional Japanese elements. He also addressed modern configurations of sexuality and mortality in his writing. He was awarded the Shincho Prize, Kishida Prize for Drama, Yomiuri Prize for best novel, and Yomiuri Prize for best drama.
On January 14, 1925, Yukio Mishima was born in Kimitake Hiraoka near Tokyo. His father worked as a government official. As a child, Yukio Mishima’s life was dominated by his… read more
Visceral, fascinating, and beautiful. Patriotism is my introduction to the world of Mishima, and I can say I will be exploring his body of work further. Incredibly disturbing though, and talk about art imitating life. Mishima took his own life in the exact way depicted in this film four years later.
The cinematography was amazing, and the performance by yoshiko tsuruoka was haunting too, But overall, it was disappointing; it lingered on each scene for minutes, and the whole film seemed to be… read review
A flawless display of how film is truly the most universal medium of artistic expression, as well as a medium that is not afraid to push the boundaries of what is deemed acceptable and accessible… read review
For its entire duration, Patriotism is essentially performed on a Noh stage with unbridled intensity and poeticism. Choosing scrolls as title cards, this is shot very much like a silent film. Despite… read review