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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters ()


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A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

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Ken Ogata ...
Yukio Mishima (segment "November 25, 1970") / Narrator
Masayuki Shionoya ...
Morita (segment "November 25, 1970")
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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")
Yuki Kitazume ...
Dancing Friend (segment "Flashbacks")
Haruko Katô ...
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)
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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")
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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")
Kunihiko Ida ...
Izutsu (segment "Runaway Horses") (as Hiroki Ida)
Jun Negami ...
Kurahara (segment "Runaway Horses")
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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
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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 Itô ...
Grandmother's Nurse
Kojiro Oka ...
First MP
Tatsuya Hiragaki ...
Actor #1
Shinichi Nosaka ...
Policeman
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Osamu's Mother
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Narrator (voice)
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A monk (uncredited)

Directed by

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Paul Schrader

Written by

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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

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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)

Music by

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Philip Glass

Cinematography by

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John Bailey ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Michael Chandler
Tomoyo Oshima

Editorial Department

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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)

Casting By

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Nobuaki Murooka

Production Design by

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Eiko Ishioka

Art Direction by

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Kazuo Takenaka ... executive art director

Set Decoration by

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Kyoji Sasaki

Costume Design by

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Etsuko Yagyu
Eiko Ishioka ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Noriyo Ida ... makeup artist
Yasuhiro Kawaguchi ... makeup artist
Masayuki Okubi ... makeup artist
Junji Ota ... hair stylist: Ken Ogata

Production Management

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Whitney Green ... production manager: U.S.
Atsushi Takayama ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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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

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Tom Bellfort ... sound editor
Gary Clayton ... sound editor
Lizi Gelber ... assistant sound editor (as Lizabeth Gelber)
Soichi Inoue ... boom operator
Tom Johnson ... re-recording mixer
Masashi Kikuchi ... boom operator
Jerry Ross ... sound editor
Leslie Shatz ... re-recording mixer / sound designer
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)
Kent Sparling ... mix technician: DVD remastering (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Catherine Craig ... effects camera operator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Bruce Walters ... animator: title

Casting Department

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Kei Sugiura ... assistant casting director
Yoshiro Yamaguchi ... assistant casting director

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Katsumi Harada ... wardrobe assistant
Toshiaki Manki ... wardrobe assistant

Location Management

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Susumu Ejima ... location coordinator

Music Department

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Dan Dryden ... music recording engineer
Philip Glass ... music arranger
Kurt Munkacsi ... music producer
Michael Riesman ... conductor
Elliot Rosoff ... concertmaster / musician: solo violin
Earl Shendell ... music personnel manager

Other crew

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Jean A. Autrey ... production accountant (as Jean Autrey)
Francis Ford Coppola ... presenter
Mitsuo Endo ... bodybuilding instructor
Kaname Hayase ... production accountant
Akiko Hitomi ... executive production assistant / 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
James T. Mockoski ... restoration artist (uncredited)

Thanks

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Sidney Ganis ... special thanks
George Hayum ... special thanks
John Peters ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese author Yukio Mishima. Three of the segments parallel events in Mishima's life with his novels (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses), while the fourth depicts the actual events of the 25th Nov. 1970, "The Last Day". Written by Nick Lopez

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Taglines On November 25, 1970, Japan's greatest author Yukio Mishima commited an act that shocked the literary world... See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Mishima (United States)
  • Mishima - une vie en quatre chapitres (France)
  • Mishima (Spain)
  • Mishima, una vida en cuatro capítulos (Spain)
  • Mishima: Uma Vida em Quatro Tempos (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $10,378, 15 Sep 1985
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $518,842

Did You Know?

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Trivia Has never been officially released theatrically or on home video in Japan even to this day (2019) because of the controversy over both Yukio Mishima's politics, and the film itself. A theatrical release was planned for Japan in 1985, but a bomb threat at a festival screening of the film there made distributors drop their plans. The film has been shown on Japanese television (albeit with the gay bar scene removed) and the U.S. DVD and Blu-Ray releases can legally be imported there. See more »
Goofs General Mashita wiped the sword with tissue paper, not cloth. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Crossover Dreams/Maxie/Mishima/Plenty (1985). See more »
Crazy Credits Yukio Mishima is acknowledged to have been a real person, but his acts have been fictionalized by writers. Other persons and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons and events is unintentional. See more »
Quotes Yukio Mishima (Narrator): The average age for a man in the Bronze Age was eighteen, in the Roman era, twenty-two. Heaven must have been beautiful then. Today it must look dreadful. When a man reaches forty, he has no chance to die beautifully. No matter how he tries, he will die of decay. He must compel himself to live.
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