The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima (1990)

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Episode credited cast:
Yukio Mishima ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself - Reader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nobuko Lady Albery ...
Hirohito ...
Himself (archive footage)
Yasunari Kawabata ...
Himself (archive footage)
Donald Keene ...
Akihiro Maruyama ...
Hideko Muramatsu ...
Yasuhiro Nakasone ...
Himself (archive footage)
Edward Seidensticker ...
Kishin Shinoyama ...
Henry Scott Stokes ...


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Mishima Documentary Mirrors His Life
18 October 2009 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

This BBC produced documentary about Yukio Mishima highlights the many known major aspects of his life and personality. Mishima was a pen name he adopted en route to his chosen life as a writer. He eventually became recognized as one of Japan's most prolific post-World War II writers, producing stories, plays and novels. He became tortured by his bisexuality/homosexuality and shyness around people as a young man. Both of these played a role in his work as did many other eventful occurrences throughout his life. Mishima had an admirable dedication to the forgotten samurai way of life and ideals, which later turned into an unhealthy obsession, culminating in the storming of a general's garrison on November 25, 1970. It was Mishima's way of combining beauty, art, and action; ultimately the garrison forced to assemble and listen to his speech on that day rejected him. Mishima gave his life for his ideals, however misguided and twisted one might think him to be. His literary output of 40 novels, 18 plays (both for Noh and Kabuki theater), 20 books of short stories, 20 books of essays, and a film remain a testament to his talent despite his simultaneous tendency, at times, to be commercial, controversial, and unconventional. *** of 4 stars.

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