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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Details

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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 Akira Kurosawa. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Cannes Film Festival John Bailey Best Artistic Contribution 1985 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Philip Glass Best Artistic Contribution 1985 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Eiko Ishioka Best Artistic Contribution 1985 Winner

Cast

Ken Ogata
as Yukio Mishima
Masayuki Shionoya
as Morita
Hiroshi Mikami
as Cadet No. 1
Yasosuke Bando
as Mizoguchi
Toshiyuki Nagashima
as Isao [Runaway Horses]
Junya Fukuda
as Cadet No. 2
Shigeto Tachihara
as Cadet No. 3
Junkichi Orimoto
as Gen. Mashita
Naoko Otani
as Mother
Go Riju
as Mishima, age 18-19
Masato Aizawa
as Mishima, Age 9-14
Yuki Nagahara
as Mishima, Age 5
Kyuzo Kobayashi
as Literary Friend
Yuki Kitazume
as Dancing friend
Hisako Manda
as Mariko
Naomi Oki
as 1st Girl [Temple Of The Golden Pavilion]
Miki Takakura
as 2nd Girl [Temple Of The Golden Pavilion]
Koichi Sato
as Kashiwagi [Temple Of The Golden Pavilion]
Setsuko Karasuma
as Mitsuko [Kyoko's House]
Yasuaki Kurata
as Takei [Kyoko's House]
Mitsuru Hirata
as Thug [Kyoko's House]
Hiroshi Katsuno
as Lieutenant Hori
Hiroki Ida
as Izutsu [Runaway Horses]
Jun Negami
as Kurahara [Runaway Horses]
Ryo Ikebe
as Interrogator [Runaway Horses]
Sachiko Akagi
as Thug's Girl Friend [Kyoko's House]
Yasuhiro Arai
as Reporter No. 2
Eimei Ezumi
as Ichigaya Aide-de-Camp
Tsutomu Harada
as Romeo [Kyoko's House]
Sachiko Hidari
as Osamu's Mother [Kyoko's House]
Tatsuya Hiragaki
as Actor [Runaway Horses]
Minoru Hodaka
as Ichigaya Colonel
Toshio Hosokawa
as "Rokumeikan" Producer
Naoya Makoto
as Kendo Instructor [Runaway Horses]
Yosuke Mizuno
as "Yukoku" Producer
Fumio Mizushima
as Reporter No. 3
Shinichi Nosaka
as Policeman [Runaway Horses]
Kojiro Oka
as 1st MP [Runaway Horses]
Mami Okamoto
as Juliet [Kyoko's House]
Alan Mark Poul
as American Reporter
Reisen Lee
as Kiyomi
Ren Ebata
as Reporter No. 1
Yuichi Saito
as Student
Kenji Sawara
as Osamu
Roy Scheider
as English Narration
Shinji Miura
as Pavilion Acolyte
Tadanori Yokoo
as Natsuo
Atsushi Takayama
as Interrogation Policeman
John Nathan
as Biographer
Donald Richie
Tatsuya Hiragaki
as Actor [Runaway Horses]
John Nathan
as Biographer
Atsushi Takayama
as Interrogation Policeman
Kenji Sawara
as Osamu
Roy Scheider
as English Narration
Yosuke Mizuno
as "Yukoku" Producer
Shinichi Nosaka
as Policeman [Runaway Horses]
Tsutomu Harada
as Romeo [Kyoko's House]
Yuichi Saito
as Student
Toshio Hosokawa
as "Rokumeikan" Producer
Reisen Lee
as Kiyomi
Minoru Hodaka
as Ichigaya Colonel
Tadanori Yokoo
as Natsuo
Alan Mark Poul
as American Reporter
Kojiro Oka
as 1st MP [Runaway Horses]
Sachiko Akagi
as Thug's Girl Friend [Kyoko's House]
Naoya Makoto
as Kendo Instructor [Runaway Horses]
Shinji Miura
as Pavilion Acolyte
Ren Ebata
as Reporter No. 1
Sachiko Hidari
as Osamu's Mother [Kyoko's House]
Eimei Ezumi
as Ichigaya Aide-de-Camp
Yasuhiro Arai
as Reporter No. 2
Mami Okamoto
as Juliet [Kyoko's House]
Fumio Mizushima
as Reporter No. 3

Crew

Paul Schrader
Director
Francis Ford Coppola
Producer
George Lucas
Producer
Mata Yamamoto
Producer
Tom Luddy
Producer
Leonard Schrader
Screenwriter
Chieko Schrader
Screenwriter
Paul Schrader
Screenwriter
John Bailey
Cinematographer
Philip Glass
Composer (Music Score)
Tomoyo Oshima
Editor
Michael Chandler
Editor
Eiko Ishioka
Production Designer
Kazuo Takenaka
Art Director
Kyoji Sasaki
Set Designer
Eiko Ishioka
Costume Designer
Etsuko Yagyu
Costume Designer
Masayuki Okubi
Makeup
Noriyo Ida
Makeup
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