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Patriotism (1966)
"Yûkoku" (original title)

 -  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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Yukio Mishima ...
Shinji Takeyama
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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
: Liebestod
by Richard Wagner
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Only for Mishima's fanatics
7 December 2006 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

The contribution of Yukio Mishima to the Seventh Art was no big deal, but it does have one or two sequences that are really intense. His patriotic fever has its portrait in this elegy about sex and death, the suicide as an art or as an act of honor.

I recommend this one only for those that are fascinates by the figure of the Japanese writer.

*My rate: 5/10

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