Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1985]

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Special Features

  • Disc 1 - New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the director's cut, supervised and approved by director Paul Schrader and cinematographer John Bailey
  • Optional English and Japanese voice-over narrations, the former by Roy Scheider, the latter by Ken Ogata
  • New audio commentary featuring Schrader and Producer Alan Poul
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Disc 2 - New video interviews with Bailey, Producers Tom Luddy and Mataichiro Yamamoto, Composer Philip Glass, and Production Designer Eiko Ishioka
  • New Video interviews with Mishima biographer John Nathan and friend Donald Richie
  • New audio interview with coscreenwriter Chieko Schrader
  • Video interview excerpt featuring Mishima talking about writing
  • The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima, a 55-minute BBC documentary
  • Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Kevin Jackson, a piece on the film's censorship in Japan, and photograhs of Ishioka's sets


Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
In Paul Schrader's unusual biopic, Ken Ogata stars as Yukio Mishima, perhaps the most celebrated Japanese novelist of the last five decades. The film begins with Mishima's youth, then moves forward in episodic fashion to his 1970 suicide, symbolically committed at a military site. Originally titled Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, the film is neatly divided into a quartet of acts, and the screenplay does not flinch in its depiction of Mishima's hyperactive sex life. Among the many neat directorial touches is the decision to offer the narrative in black-and-white, while depicting scenes from Mishima's novels in vibrant color. Written off as self-indulgent by those impatient with Schrader's fragmentary technique, Mishima was produced in Japan by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, an offshoot of Coppola's involvement with Japanese director Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ken Ogata
    Ken Ogata - Yukio Mishima
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    Masayuki Shionoya - Morita
  • Hiroshi Mikami
    Hiroshi Mikami - Cadet No. 1
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    Yasosuke Bando - Mizoguchi
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    Junya Fukuda - Cadet No. 2

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