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Patriotism (1966)

Yûkoku (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Short | 12 April 1966 (Japan)
A Noh dramatization of the suicides of Lt. Shinji Takeyama and his wife Reiko. After participating in a failed 1936 coup and being ordered to execute his friends, he bids his wife an intimate farewell and commits harakiri.

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Two characters on a Noh stage dramatize the rite of love and death of Lieutenant Shinji Takeyama and his wife Reiko. Takeyama was one of a cadre of young officers who staged a coup d'état in February, 1936. He was not arrested when the coup failed, but as an officer of the palace guard, he knew he would be given the order to execute his friends. The night before the execution, he and his wife prepare for hara-kiri, first with passion without shyness, then in uniform and kimono with sword and dagger. Calligraphy figures in the preparation, as Reiko gathers her keepsakes to give to survivors. They embrace in death. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This is a silent film with a musical track - there is no dialogue spoken. Mishima filmed two versions, one with Japanese title cards, the other with English title cards. See more »

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Referenced in Arena: The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima (1985) See more »

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Tristan und Isolde
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Stunning though hard to see autobiographical film by poet
27 October 2003 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This extraordinary short film combines a traditional Kabuki theatre style with very cinematic realism in the death scene; Only the use of Wagner's "Isolde's Liebestod" appears to be a bit over the top. If you know about Mishima's life story you will find this film to be a stunning pre-conception of things to come. Unfortunately public screenings outside Japan are forbidden due to a legal dispute.


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