Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters - The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1985) / Region 1
Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters - The Criterion Collection

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Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters - The Criterion Collection

Paul Schrader's visually stunning, structurally audacious collage-like portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yuko Mishima (played by Ken Ogata) investigates the inner turmoil and contradictions of a man who attempted an impossible harmony between self, art, and society. Taking place on Mishima's last day, when he famously committed public seppuku (ritual suicide), the film is punctuated by extended flashbacks to the writer's life as well as gloriously stylized evocations of his fictional works. With its rich cinematography by John Bailey, exquisite sets and costumes by Eiko Ishioka, and unforgettable, highly influential score by Philip Glass, Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters is a sincere tribute to its subject and a bold, investigative work of art in its own right.


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 25 2008
  • Production Year 1985
  • Empire SKU 1401331
  • UPC Code 715515029728
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Disc One:
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the director's cut, supervised and approved by director Paul Schrader and cinematographer John Bailey
- Optional English and Japanese voice-over narrations, the former by Roy Scheider, the latter by Ken Ogata
- New audio commentary featuring Schrader and producer Alan Poul
- Theatrical trailer

Disc Two:
- New video interviews with Bailey, producers Tom Luddy and Mataichiro Yamamoto, composer Philip Glass, and production designer Eiko Ishioka
- New video interviews with Mishima biographer John Nathan and friend Donald Richie
- New audio interview with coscreenwriter Chieko Schrader
- Video interview excerpt featuring Mishima talking about writing
- The Strange Case of Yukio Mishima, a 55-minute BBC documentary
- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Kevin Jackson, a piece on the film's censorship in Japan, and photographs of Ishioka's sets


  • Audio
    Japanese Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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