With With Ken Ogata, Kenji Sawada, Yoshiyuki Nagashima, and Yasosuke Bando
Japan, 1985, 121 minutes, DCP, color and b&w
In Japanese with English subtitles.
When: Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:00 PM
This unconventional, visually stunning biopic directed by Paul Schrader (presented in a new 4K restoration) deconstructs the life and work of Japanese writer and outspoken ultranationalist Yukio Mishima—who famously killed himself in a public act of seppuku (ritual suicide) after he failed to incite a military coup—through a dazzling assemblage of biographical dramatization and extravagantly stylized interpretations of his fiction.
This screening is presented in conjunction with the current Japan Society exhibition Yasumasa Morimura: Ego Obscura, which runs through January 13. In his artistic exploration of postwar Japanese history, Morimura has repeatedly transformed himself into Mishima, including works featured in the exhibition.
AsianCineFest Rating: 4 out of 4 stars; most highly recommended, a must see.