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.
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)