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12 April 1966 (Japan) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Short Film, Short Review: The Rites of Love and Math
 (From Twitch. 30 November 2010, 6:01 PM, PST)

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Not for all tastes and almost impossible to review... See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Yukio Mishima ... Shinji Takeyama
Yoshiko Tsuruoka ... Reiko

Directed by
Masaki Dômoto 
Yukio Mishima 
 
Writing credits
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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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Tristan und IsoldeSee more »

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Not for all tastes and almost impossible to review..., 2 November 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is a very hard movie to rate or even review, as it is so foreign. Now I don't mean 'foreign' because it's made abroad, but 'foreign' because the entire story, style and spirit of this short film is alien to many out there who are not from an older generation in Japan. The film is a Noh play that is entirely without dialog--just music, LOTS of intertitle cards explaining the situation and a couple going through a long and drawn out ritual suicide!! See what I mean?! This ain't a Spielberg or John Ford film!! Instead, it's horribly violent and disgusting to watch because it is so real. Yet, at the time of its release, the film was admired because it was a lesson in honor and fidelity! It all stems from a real incident in 1936 when an officer was ordered to execute his friends who had participated in an attempted coup. So, if your idea of fun is watching a couple slowly and silently disembowel themselves, then by all means watch it. After all, the cinematography is amazingly good and is one of the prettier black & white films I have seen and the music is lovely as they eviscerate themselves. Sadly, I had hoped that the short was instead an explanation of WHY the coup was attempted in the first place--now THAT would have been interesting.

Kids: Don't try this at home!

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