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Title Mishima [videorecording] : a life in four chapters / Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas present ; a Zoetrope Studios, Filmlink International, LucasFilm Ltd. production ; a film by Paul Schrader ; Japanese script by Chieko Schrader ; written by Paul Schrader and Leonard Schrader ; produced by Mata Yamamoto and Tom Luddy ; directed by Paul Schrader.

Imprint [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library DVD    Ja MIS    Available
Description 2 videodiscs (120 min.) : sd., b&w and col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (56 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Series The Criterion collection ; 432
Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 432.
Note Originally released as an American motion picture in 1985.
Contents Disc 1 the film: Morning, November 25, 1970 -- Childhood -- "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion:" Beauty -- "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion:" Power -- "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion:" Destruction -- Aspirations -- "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion:" Fame -- "Our day" -- Writing -- "Kyoko's House:" Osamu -- Masks -- "Kyoko's House:" The decaying body -- "Kyoko's House:" "I exist" -- Photo shoot -- "Kyoko's House:" Shadows -- Arrival -- "Runaway Horses:" Plan -- Kendo -- "Runaway Horses:" Final command -- Bound by blood -- "Runaway Horses:" Action -- "Patriotism" -- Shield Society -- Hostage -- Moment -- Final act -- Harmony -- Color bars (1985) (120 min.); Special features: Commentary [optional audio feature]; Trailer (2 min.).
Disc 2 the supplements: Making "Mishima" [featurette] (44 min.) -- Producing "Mishima" [featurette] (22 min.) -- Chieko Schrader [audio feature] (26 min.) -- John Nathan and Donald Richie [featurette] (27 min.) -- Mishima on Mishima [featurette, in French with English subtitles] (6 min.) -- The strange case of Yukio Mishima [featurette] (55 min); book includes the essays "Pen and Sword" by Kevin Jackson, "Banned in Japan" (describing the reaction of the Japanese to the film), and "On Set" by Eiko Ishioka.
Credits Director of photography, John Bailey ; edited by Michael Chandler, Tomoyo Oshima ; original music composed and arranged by Philip Glass ; production designer, Eiko Ishioka ; script research by Akiko Hitomi ; scenario conceived in collaboration with Jun Shiragi, literary executor of the Mishima estate.
Cast Ken Ogata, Kenji Sawada, Yasosuke Bandō, Toshiyuki Nagashima.
Summary "Yukio Mishima was Japan's most celebrated author. On his death, he left a body of work consisting of 356 novels, 25 plays, 200 short stories and 8 volumes of essays. The public followed both his personal life and artistic works. On November 25, 1970, Mishima and 4 cadets from his private army entered the Eastern Army Headquarters, forcibly detained the commander and addressed the garrison." - Title screens. The four chapters are concerned with threads that ran through Mishima's life: beauty, art, action, and harmony of pen and sword. The film mixes biographical vignettes with a re-imagination of Mishima's last day, and dramatizations of excerpts from his literary works, demonstrating just how closely Mishima's art was tied to his life.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation ; Dolby Digital stereo. surround.
Language Japanese dialogue, optional Japanese (by Ken Ogata) or English (by Roy Scheider) voice-over narrations ; optional English subtitles.
Subject Mishima, Yukio, 1925-1970 -- Drama
三島由紀夫, 1925-1970 -- Drama.
Authors, Japanese -- 20th century -- Drama.
Authors, Japanese -- 20th century -- Biography
Suicide -- Drama
Authors -- Drama
Male friendship -- Drama
Interpersonal relations -- Drama
Man-woman relationships -- Drama
Genre/Form Historical films
Biographical films
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Added Author Coppola, Francis Ford, 1939- Producer.
Lucas, George, 1944- Producer.
Schrader, Paul, 1946- Screenwriter. Director.
Schrader, Chieko. Screenwriter.
Schrader, Leonard Screenwriter.
Yamamoto, Mata.
Luddy, Tom Producer.
Ogata, Ken, 1937-2008
緖形拳, 1937-2008.
Sawada, Kenji, 1948-
沢田研二, 1948-
Bandō, Mitsugorō, 1956-
坂東三津五郎, 1956-
Nagashima, Toshiyuki, 1956-
永島敏行, 1956-
Glass, Philip Composer.
American Zoetrope (Firm)
Zoetrope Studios
Filmlink International.
Lucasfilm, Ltd.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
Added Title Life in four chapters
Strange case of Yukio Mishima.
ISBN 1604650400
Standard No. 715515029728
Music No. CC1752D The Criterion Collection

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