What's more relevant in this film it's the remarkable process by which the flashbacks are introduced, a theatrical process of statement exponentiation and its enunciation. A bridge in the past is a break in the narration through a discourse of light - a cut in the present. Later, Nagisa Oshima with "Night and Fog in Japan", would do a masterpiece based on a similar process.
A gallery of human obsession and pain, the story is very typical of Mishima's yearning for perfection and the disilluionment with impossible ideals that leads -either directly or indirectly- to catastrophe. Beautifully made by Ichikawa, utilising Toshiro Mayazumi's music and grandmaster Kazuo Miyagawa's cinematography to great effect.