Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Director’s Cut

  • Introduction

    Rachel Kushner is the author of two novels, The Flamethrowers and Telex from Cuba, both of which were finalists for the National Book Award, as well as The Strange Case of Rachel K, a collection of short prose. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Paris Review.


Ken Ogata, Kenji Sawada, Yasosuke Bando, Toshiyuki Nagashima.,

One of Japan’s most illustrious contemporary writers, Yukio Mishima promoted a controversial aesthetic that grew out of an obsession with beauty, art, and the emperor. In 1970, he committed seppuku, achieving a fatal “harmony of pen and sword.” In Mishima, director Paul Schrader offers a rich and compelling profile of this literary giant. With his brother Leonard, Schrader scripted an intricate narrative that weaves three visually distinct strands: Mishima’s last day, biographical flashbacks, and dramatizations from three novels—Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. We present the director’s version with a previously deleted scene.

Laura A. Thielen
  • Paul Schrader
  • Leonard Schrader
  • John Bailey
  • Japanese
  • English
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W/Color
  • 35mm
  • 120 mins
  • UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Janus Films