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12 April 1966 (Japan) See more »
Two characters on a Noh stage dramatize the rite of love and death of Lieutenant Shinji Takeyama and his wife Reiko... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Yukio Mishima ... Shinji Takeyama
Yoshiko Tsuruoka ... Reiko

Directed by
Masaki Dômoto 
Yukio Mishima 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yukio Mishima 

Produced by
Hiroaki Fujii .... executive producer
Yukio Mishima .... producer
Cinematography by
Kimio Watanabe 
Production Design by
Yukio Mishima 
Makeup Department
Sadao Kudo .... makeup artist

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Also Known As:
"Yûkoku" - Japan (original title)
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30 min
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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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A Forgotten Masterpiece., 24 May 2013
Author: SeaHorseMafia from United States

Yukio Mishima is one of my all time favorite writers, my favorite book of his is The Temple of The Golden Pavilion. And I haven't read Patriotism, but this movie tells the story very well. The title cards tell you more about the background story than the actual film. The actual film is about a general (or some kind of soldier) coming home, having sex with his wife and then they both commit suicide or seppuku. What I find pretty bizarre is that Mishima himself plays the main character, also he produced, wrote and co-directed this. Sadly this was the only film he made, I'm sure he would have been a great director. Also, the "weird" part is that Mishima committed seppuku as well. I think this was almost like Mishima's fantasy, dying for your homeland. Mishima was pretty well know as a heavy patriot and was highly interested in Samurai lifestyle and their coda. In 1970, he and his small army tried to coup d'etat, and tried to bring back the conformist Japan back. But failed and committed seppuku. In a way this is about Mishima's life and kinda his future.

The main theme is patriotism and what does it actually mean. The main character can't go through the orders he was given, so he commits suicide, is he dying for his country or for himself? He seems to think that his dying for his country. His wife kills herself as well, mainly to show how committed she is to him. In that respect it's also about commitment to your country and to your married one.

It's I guess, I silent movie. Nobody says anything, only this beautiful music is in the back-ground. And this movies back-ground is pretty interesting as well. When Mishima died, his wife ordered every copy of this movie to be burned. However, in 2006 a perfect copy was found in a tea-box. I'm also surprised that this movie even got re leashed. This is a pretty gory film, the seppuku scene is pretty vile and disgusting. Mishima: A Life in 4 Chapters is a Paul Schrader movie he made in 1985. It's one of my favorite movies of all time and after seeing this, I think Schrader had seen this. Just how the styles are very similar, they both have chapters and both have parts filmed in a sound-stage in similar ways. Maybe I'm wrong...

Anyways, I love it. I think it's a masterpiece of Japanese cinema and deserves to be seen. It's weird that little over 600 user have rated this here on IMDb, well at least it got a Criterion release. I recommend this to any Mishima fan, and to any one else. Just a note, if you get disturbed easily by violence, I wouldn't recommend this to you...

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