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Patriotism (1966)

Yûkoku (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Short | 12 April 1966 (Japan)
A Noh dramatization of the suicides of Lt. Shinji Takeyama and his wife Reiko. After participating in a failed 1936 coup and being ordered to execute his friends, he bids his wife an intimate farewell and commits harakiri.

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Yukio Mishima
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Yukio Mishima ... Shinji Takeyama
Yoshiko Tsuruoka Yoshiko Tsuruoka ... Reiko
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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. Takeyama was one of a cadre of young officers who staged a coup d'état in February, 1936. He was not arrested when the coup failed, but as an officer of the palace guard, he knew he would be given the order to execute his friends. The night before the execution, he and his wife prepare for hara-kiri, first with passion without shyness, then in uniform and kimono with sword and dagger. Calligraphy figures in the preparation, as Reiko gathers her keepsakes to give to survivors. They embrace in death. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not Rated

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Japan

Language:

Japanese

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12 April 1966 (Japan) See more »

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Patriotism See more »

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Mono
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This is a silent film with a musical track - there is no dialogue spoken. Mishima filmed two versions, one with Japanese title cards, the other with English title cards. See more »

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Referenced in Arena: The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima (1985) See more »

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Tristan und Isolde
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1 July 2003 | by rebelfilmsltdSee all my reviews

Short film, i was suprised by the fact that apart from the music that it was silent. The lighting is beautiful and the film is made with obvious care and passion. The end of the film is in direct contrast to the rest with its very extreme imagry of the seppuku ritual, but altogether this film gets my vote as a very artisitc mood film.... A lot of film makers now should consider the use of that lighting!!!!!!!


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