Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]


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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

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Release Date
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
2 hours
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Dolby Digital w/ 4 channels of sound from a 2-channel stereo mix. DS -- Dolby Surround (4.0)
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
  • English
Video Features
  • New, restored 4k digital transfer of the Director's Cut, supervised and approved by Director Paul Schrader and Cinematographer John Bailey, with 2.0 Surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Two alternate English narrations, including one by actor Roy Scheider
  • Audio Commentary from 2006 featuring Schrader and Producer Alan Poul
  • Interviews from 2007 and 2008 with Bailey, Producers Tom Luddy and Mata Yamamoto, Composer Philip Glass, and Production Designer Eiko Ishioka
  • Interviews from 2008 with Yukio Mishima biographer John Nathan and friend Donald Schrader
  • Interview excerpt from 1966 featuring Mishima, a documentary from 1985 about the author
  • Trailer
  • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kevin Jackson, a piece on the film's censorship in Japan, and photographs of Ishioka's sets
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