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Patriotism (1966)
"Yûkoku" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Short  |  12 April 1966 (Japan)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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After Mishima's death on 25 November 1970, all prints of this film were rumored to have been destroyed by his wife Yoko. However, in August 2005, original film negatives were "discovered" at the late author's residence in Ota Ward, Tokyo. About 40 reels have now been found in what Japanese media refer to as an "airtight tea box". According to Hiroaki Fujii (78), the movie's producer (who at the time apparently urged Yoko to keep the original intact), the recovered elements are in "pristine condition". The film will be released on DVD by Shinchosha early in 2006. See more »

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Historically prescient, artistically undernourished
5 August 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Narcissism and self-indulgence are the main features of 1966 short film Patriotism: The Ritual of Love and Death. Sadly, divorced from its historical interest - a famous suicide playing a man who commits suicide - it's really not very good. Played out on a stylised set designed like a Noh theatre stage and performed without dialogue, writer-director-star Yukio Mishima shows little understanding of silent film storytelling by relying on tediously lengthy and leaden scrolls of explanatory text that defeat the very idea of disposing with dialogue. Unfortunately without them the film wouldn't make a great deal of sense since Mishima is more interested in striking poses and detailing the act of seppuko in lingering detail than conveying what lies behind the act in more than the most simplistic terms: the act is all, leaving us to take everything else on faith. It's not all bad: Yoshiko Tsuruoka's excellent performance compensates for Mishima's weakness as an actor and Kimio Watanabe's black and white cinematography is excellent, but it's more a failed avant-garde experiment that simply reflects its creator's morbid self-obsession than a valid work in its own right


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