Mishima’s Patriotism in Film

Yukio Mishima’s film rendition of his short story “Patriotism” can now be seen online at Ubuweb.

Playwright and novelist Yukio Mishima foreshadowed his own violent suicide with this ravishing short feature, his only foray into filmmaking, yet made with the expressiveness and confidence of a true cinema artist. All prints of Patriotism (Yûkoku), which depicts the seppuku of a army officer, were destroyed after Mishima’s death in 1970, though the negative was saved, and the film resurfaced thirty-five years later. New viewers will be stunned at the depth and clarity of Mishima’s vision, as well as his graphic depictions of sex and death.

Other videos from Ubuweb’s archives include a documentary on Jorge Luis Borges’ life and writings. My friend Dada would also be glad to find something on J.G. Ballard and Jean Baudrillard. ■

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2 thoughts on “Mishima’s Patriotism in Film

  1. Hi Aaron Embry, thanks for sharing the link to you original score for the film. I think it sounds just as great as the original Wagner musical score.

    Karlo

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