Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

Sponsored by Coastal Awakening / Shanbrom Family Foundation

On Nov. 25, 1970, Japan’s greatest author Yukio Mishima committed an act that shocked the world. This is the fictionalized account of the four chapters of the life of the celebrated writer. Three of the segments parallel events in Mishima’s life with his novels (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko’s House, and Runaway Horses,) while the fourth depicts actual events of The Last Day. Features narration in Japanese by Ken Ogata and a mesmerizing score by Philip Glass.

This sensational film, directed and written by American Paul Schrader, has never been officially released theatrically or on home video in Japan to this day because of the controversy over both Yukio Mishima’s politics and the film itself. Biography/drama. 120 min. Japan/USA

Wednesday 3:00pm Palm Theatre