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Paul Schrader (written by) &
Leonard Schrader (written by)
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Release Date:
20 September 1985 (USA) See more »
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On November 25, 1970, Japan's greatest author Yukio Mishima commited an act that shocked the literary world...
Plot:
A fictionalized account in four segments of the life of Japan's celebrated twentieth-century author Yukio Mishima... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ken Ogata ... Yukio Mishima (segment "November 25, 1970") / Narrator
Masayuki Shionoya ... Morita (segment "November 25, 1970")
Hiroshi Mikami ... Cadet #1 (segment "November 25, 1970")
Junya Fukuda ... Cadet #2 (segment "November 25, 1970")
Shigeto Tachihara ... Cadet #3 (segment "November 25, 1970")
Junkichi Orimoto ... General Mashita (segment "November 25, 1970")
Naoko Ôtani ... Mother (segment "Flashbacks")
Gô Rijû ... Mishima, age 18-19 (segment "Flashbacks")
Masato Aizawa ... Mishima - age 9-14 (segment "Flashbacks")
Yuki Nagahara ... Mishima, age 5 (segment "Flashbacks")
Kyûzô Kobayashi ... Literary Friend (segment "Flashbacks")
Yuuki Kitazume ... Dancing Friend (segment "Flashbacks")
Haruko Kato ... Grandmother (segment "Flashbacks")
Yasosuke Bando ... Mizoguchi (segment "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion")
Hisako Manda ... Mariko (segment "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion")
Naomi Oki ... First Girl (segment "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion")
Miki Takakura ... Second Girl (segment "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion")
Imari Tsujikoichi Sato ... Madame (segment "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion") (as Imari Tsuji)
Kôichi Satô ... Kashiwagi (segment "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion")
Kenji Sawada ... Osamu (segment "Kyoko's House")
Reisen Ri ... Kiyomi (segment "Kyoko's House")
Setsuko Karasuma ... Mitsuko (segment "Kyoko's House")
Tadanori Yokoo ... Natsuo (segment "Kyoko's House")
Yasuaki Kurata ... Takei (segment "Kyoko's House")
Mitsuru Hirata ... Thug (segment "Kyoko's House")
Toshiyuki Nagashima ... Isao (segment "Runaway Horses")
Hiroshi Katsuno ... Lieutenant Hori (segment "Runaway Horses")
Naoya Makoto ... Kendo Instructor (segment "Runaway Horses")
Hiroki Ida ... Izutsu (segment "Runaway Horses")
Jun Negami ... Kurahara (segment "Runaway Horses")
Ryô Ikebe ... Interrogator (segment "Runaway Horses")
Toshio Hosokawa ... 'Rokumeikan' Producer
Hideo Fukuhara ... Military Doctor
Yosuke Mizuno ... 'Yukoku' Producer
Eimei Esumi ... Ichigaya Aide-de-Camp
Minoru Hodaka ... Ichigaya Colonel
Shôichirô Sakata ... Isao's Classmate

Alan Poul ... American Reporter (as Alan Mark Poul)
Ren Ebata ... Reporter #1
Yasuhiro Arai ... Reporter #2
Fumio Mizushima ... Reporter #3
Shinji Miura ... Pavilion Acolyte
Yuichi Sato ... Student
Sachiko Akagi ... Thug's Girl Friend
Tsutomu Harada ... Romeo
Mami Okamoto ... Juliet
Atsushi Takayama ... Interrogation Policeman
Kimiko Ito ... Grandmother's Nurse
Kojiro Oka ... First MP
Tatsuya Hiragaki ... Actor #1
Shinichi Nosaka ... Policeman
Sachiko Hidari ... Osamu's Mother

Roy Scheider ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Chishû Ryû ... A monk (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
 
Writing credits
Paul Schrader (written by) &
Leonard Schrader (written by)

Yukio Mishima (novels: "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion", "Kyoko's House" and "Runaway Horses) uncredited

Produced by
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer (as Francis Coppola)
George Lucas .... executive producer
Tom Luddy .... producer
Yosuke Mizuno .... line producer
Alan Poul .... associate producer (as Alan Mark Poul)
Chieko Schrader .... associate producer
Leonard Schrader .... associate producer
Mataichirô Yamamoto .... producer (as Mata Yamamoto)
 
Original Music by
Philip Glass 
 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Chandler 
Tomoyo Oshima 
 
Casting by
Nobuaki Murooka 
 
Production Design by
Eiko Ishioka 
 
Art Direction by
Kazuo Takenaka (executive art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Kyoji Sasaki 
 
Costume Design by
Etsuko Yagyu 
Eiko Ishioka (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Noriyo Ida .... makeup artist
Yasuhiro Kawaguchi .... makeup artist
Masayuki Okubi .... makeup artist
Junji Ota .... hair stylist: Ken Ogata
 
Production Management
Whitney Green .... production manager: U.S.
Atsushi Takayama .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Takayoshi Bunai .... second assistant director
Yasuo Matsumoto .... second assistant director
Koichi Nakajima .... first assistant director
Hisashi Tôma .... second assistant director (as Hisashi Toma)
 
Art Department
Masato Endo .... prop assistant
Yuji Fukuzawa .... assistant property master
Yoshikazu Furuya .... prop assistant
Kyôko Heya .... art department (as Kyoko Heya)
Toshihiko Higashimukai .... prop assistant
Yoshiyuki Ishida .... art department
Yasue Ito .... art department
Kazumi Koike .... prop assistant
Kyoko Machida .... assistant property master
Yoichi Minagawa .... property master
Akira Mizuno .... set artist
Norio Morisaki .... prop assistant
Sharon Nakazato .... calligrapher: titles
Kunio Okimura .... assistant set decorator
Yasushi Ono .... art department
Shunichiro Shoda .... art department
Kazuo Suzuki .... construction coordinator
Shoichiro Takenoshita .... assistant to production designer
 
Sound Department
Tom Bellfort .... sound editor
Gary Clayton .... sound effects editor
Lizi Gelber .... assistant sound editor (as Lizabeth Gelber)
Soichi Inoue .... boom operator
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Masashi Kikuchi .... boom operator
Jerry Ross .... sound editor
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Jenny Stein .... assistant sound editor (as Jennifer Hodgson Stein)
Giorgio Venturoli .... sound editor
Shôtarô Yoshida .... sound recordist (as Shotaro Yoshida)
Jeff Kliment .... sound editor (uncredited)
Martin Maryska .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Greg Smith .... machine room operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Catherine Craig .... effects camera operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Finnerty .... key grip (as Jim Finnerty)
Yoshinori Ishizuki .... still photographer
Munetoshi Kamata .... grip assistant
Tsutomu Kamata .... lighting assistant
Toyomichi Kurita .... camera operator
Kitaro Miyazawa .... still photographer
Takamasa Nakamura .... lighting assistant
Kazuhiro Nozaki .... camera assistant
George R. Schrader .... dolly grip (as George Schrader)
Kazuo Shimomura .... gaffer
Chuuji Sueyoshi .... lighting assistant (as Chuji Sueyoshi)
Kazuo Takano .... lighting assistant
Yuichi Tamura .... camera assistant
Kazuhiko Tateishi .... lighting assistant
Masanobu Tomura .... lighting assistant
Katsuji Watanabe .... lighting assistant
Yuji Watanabe .... lighting assistant
Kagari Yasuda .... grip assistant
 
Animation Department
Bruce Walters .... animator: title
 
Casting Department
Kei Sugiura .... assistant casting director
Yoshiro Yamaguchi .... assistant casting director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katsumi Harada .... wardrobe assistant
Toshiaki Manki .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Rick Finney .... apprentice editor
Kathleen Korth .... first assistant editor
Tome Minami .... negative cutter: Japan
Wataru Takahashi .... assistant editor
Jenny Weyman-Cockle .... first assistant editor (as Jennifer Weyman-Cockle)
 
Music Department
Dan Dryden .... music recording engineer
Philip Glass .... music arranger
Kurt Munkacsi .... music producer
Michael Riesman .... conductor
Elliot Rosoff .... concertmaster
Elliot Rosoff .... musician: solo violin
Earl Shendell .... music personnel manager
 
Other crew
Jean A. Autrey .... production accountant (as Jean Autrey)
Francis Ford Coppola .... presenter
Susumu Ejima .... location coordinator
Mitsuo Endo .... bodybuilding instructor
Kaname Hayase .... production accountant
Akiko Hitomi .... executive production assistant
Akiko Hitomi .... script researcher
Kenichi Horii .... production assistant
Keiko Kawaguchi .... assistant: Mr. Schrader, Japan
Fusako Kawasaki .... unit publicist
George Lucas .... presenter
Chiyo Miyakoshi .... script supervisor
Kazuko Nishikawa .... production accountant
Linda Reisman .... assistant: Mr. Schrader, U.S.
Keiko Sakurai .... production assistant
Kuniko Sato .... production accountant
Chieko Schrader .... script: Japanese
Takao Shibaki .... production assistant
Jun Shiragi .... scenario conceived in collaboration with
Makito Sugiyama .... aide: Mr. Schrader
Hiroki Tomohara .... production coordinator
Hiroko Uchida .... production accountant
Kappei Uehara .... consultant: historical art
Kanzô Uni .... action director (as Kanzo Uni)
Christopher Werner .... title designer
 
Thanks
Sidney Ganis .... special thanks
George Hayum .... special thanks
John Peters .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mishima" - USA (short title)
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Runtime:
121 min
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Trivia:
There are two versions of the film, one with English narration by Roy Scheider, the other with Japanese narration by Ken Ogata. The Ogata version also has scenes added by Paul Schrader that were cut out from the original 1985 release. These scenes were added by Schrader to the Criterion DVD release. Paul Schrader : "We did quite a bit of work on it--John Bailey and I worked a week redoing the D.I. and balancing the color. We did great work to the soundtrack. We added a short little scene that I had cut out featuring Chishu Ryu, the Ozu actor, that I always regretted cutting out--we found the original negative and I put that back in. I did some sky replacement at the end of "Runaway Horses" because I wasn't really happy with the shots at the end. We were able to go back and replace the natural sky with an artificial sky. Then we went back to the original digital on Philip Glass' soundtrack and so the sound is much better on the Criterion version. We also put Ken Ogata's narration in, so now it finally has Japanese narration."See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Chiba Koga did not try to strangle Mashita with the polishing cloth. He had given the polishing cloth to Mishima to wipe the sword and used his hands to throttle the General from behind.See more »
Quotes:
Osamu:You have to promise not to kiss me... until after I'm dead.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Like A Boy At A Window Or A Sword In A Sheath, 11 August 2008
Author: Joseph Sylvers from United States

The only pure life, is one that ends with a signature in blood.

So says Mishima anyway, a young sheltered boy who becomes a celebrity author. The life of one of Japans most celebrated literary voices, is told from three perspectives, his life just before he and four members of his private army take over a Japanese military base and commit ritual suicide(shown in color), flashbacks(shown in black and white), and scenes from his novels(shown in a kind of dreamy Technicolor set design somewhere between traditional Noh Theater and "the Wizard Of Oz". These stories are often told at the same time, but are edited to reinforce, the slow fusing of Mishima's life with his fictions, until the end(or the beginning) when like the ancient samurai he so admires, he will be at a balance of pen and sword (when his words and actions are the same, and he is a full and "pure" being).

Paul Schrader wrote the screen play for "Taxi Driver", and directed "Cat People"(a bizarre erotic horror film, which left strange impressions on me as a boy), and in Mishima, he comes closest to making a really excellent film.

Whats interesting is to watch the poet, the homosexual, the shy and awkward man with a low body image who overstates his Tuberculosis to get of of WW2 (of which he seems forever ashamed), become a body building, samurai obsessed, a-sexual, media phenomena, all the while still writing prolific amounts of novels, plays, and short stories.

A short and sweet version is to say Mishima has no father, and becomes obsessed with masculinity, beauty, sex and self destruction, in some tragic attempt to feel connected to something bigger than himself, that he was always missing. Watching him with his fellow suicidal cadets, you see him happy, delivering his big paternal speech, giving orders, and loving the control...until the speech itself, the point where pen and sword meet? Of course, this ignores the subtlety of the story telling craft here which makes this transformation so natural and remarkable.

Though the story, fascinating at times, really isn't this movies greatest success. The cinematography, performances, editing,music(by Philip Glass), and set designs, are really what make this worth seeing, and more than a traditional bio-pic.

One day I will pick, up a Mishima book, he does seem to have an ear for prose, and for staging ideas, but for now I'm satisfied with the film.

Those interested in Japanese Literature, and post-war culture, should check out. Fans of inventive combinations of facts and fictions, should enjoy as well.

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