Patriotism wallows inside Death-head romanticism with requisite Wagner score and exquisite cinematography shot on a virginal Noh stage (if one can forget the silly double exposure scenes). But once we wipe away all the blood and tears we're merely left with a megalomaniac's philosophy of bygone Imperialism and a hankie waved at the uber-masculine Bushido code. Yoshiko Tsuruoka's porcelain acceptance of her
One of those rare, powerful instances in which someone who has never touched a cinema camera can still convey nuanced, poetic imagery. Mishima mastered the pen and the stage well before this endeavor, the end result a restrained portrayal of passionate love. It's noh theatricality compliments the spot-on camera work, full of small clues and passages that both delay and build up the young couple's demise.
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.
Desde sus primeras imagenes, este cortometraje de Yukio Mishima (su unica experiencia como director) se impone como una verdadera chingoneria. Compendio del sentir ideologico del escritor, el film es una especie de anuncio previo al espectacular suicidio de Mishima. Confiscado durante años por su viuda, ahora se puede ver libremente. La versiòn americana (con musica de Aaron Embry) es una experiencia sublime.
A short violent film with stunning imagery, Mishima's Patriotism is a depiction of his ideas about sex, death and violence and also his political stand. Considering the fact that 4 years later, he committed seppuku in the same way really changes the experience of watching this film... The harakiri scene is one of the most violent scenes I have ever seen.