Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collage-like portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima investigates the inner turmoil and contradictions of a man who attempted an impossible harmony between self, art, and society.
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This is a fantastic movie. Schrader, with his love for transcendence, created the perfect synergy of content, aesthetics and sound. With which he depicts the interesting story of a protagonist in severe crisis.
I didn't expect something "this" great from the writer of Taxi Driver & Raging Bull. A biopic of the personal, public, & literary side of Mishima with the literary dreamlike productions winning me over in the end.
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.
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.
Schrader once said that if Mishima had not existed he would have tried to create him. What a life! What a film! Every set piece is beautiful and Ishioka's sets are breathtaking. Made me want to read everything Mishima had written. Great score by Glass!