On November 25th 1970, a man committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese Ministry of Defence, leaving behind a legacy of masterpieces and a controversy that ... See full summary »
On November 25th 1970, a man committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese Ministry of Defence, leaving behind a legacy of masterpieces and a controversy that echoes to this day. The man was Yukio Mishima, one of Japan's greatest and most celebrated novelists. With four members of his own private army - the Tatenokai - Mishima had taken the commandant hostage and called upon the assembled military outside the Ministry to overthrow their society and restore the powers of the Emperor. When the soldiers mocked and jeered Mishima, he cut short his speech and withdrew to the commandant's office where he committed seppuku - the samurai warrior's death - tearing open his belly with a ceremonial knife before being beheaded by one of his colleagues. What was Mishima truly trying to express through his actions? And what did he witness during his final moments? Written by
This film was so bad that I did not bother to see the second Japanese film in the double header presented at the Melbourne Film Festival. This is so tedious and without an ounce of character development with so many drawn out scenes that I became sick with boredom. When the main character finally did himself in one of the audience members cried out "you should have done that an hour ago mate!". Mashima's followers have no reason to follow him to the point that it is not believable that they actually do. Was the scene when the two men try to take the Soviet occupied islands in a putt-putt motorboat for comedic value? I fear not, I think the intention was serious! Please, please, do not see this film! You will waste two hours of your life that will feel like four!
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