Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

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September 19th, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Two screeningsPlease register at bottom

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6:30-8:45 PM 

Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:30-8:45 PM 


Director: Paul Schrader (121 min.) 1985

Cinematography: John Bailey

Production design   Eiko Ishioka

Costume design       Eiko Ishioka


In conjunction with Graphic Liberation of Gender: Eiko Ishioka Poster Exhibition

Paul Schrader’s visually stunning, collagelike portrait of acclaimed Japanese author and playwright Yukio 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, the film is punctuated by extended flashbacks to the writer’s life as well as by 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 tribute to its subject and a bold, investigative work of art in its own right.


Yukio Mishima        Ken Ogata

Morita            Masayuki Shionoya

Cadet no. 1    Hiroshi Mikami

Cadet no. 2    Junya Fukuda

Cadet no. 3    Shigeto Tachihara

General Mashita      Junkichi Orimoto

Mishima, age 18-19 Go Riju

Mishima, age 5         Yuki Nagahara

Mizoguchi     Yasosuke Bando

Mariko           Hisako Manda

Osamu           Kenji Sawada

Kiyomi           Reisen Lee

Mitsuko         Setsuko Karasuma

Takei              Yasuaki Kurata

Isao                Toshiyuki Nagashima

Lieutenant Hori       Hiroshi Katsuno

Izutsu             Hiroki Ida

Kurahara       Jun Negami



Director                                 Paul Schrader

Screenplay                            Chieko Schrader, Paul Schrader and Leonard Schrader

Executive producers           George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola

Producer                                Tom Luddy, Mataichiro Yamamoto and Mata Yamamoto

Associate producer              Leonard Schrader

Music                                     Philip Glass

Cinematography                  John Bailey

Production design               Eiko Ishioka

Costume design                   Eiko Ishioka

Sound                                     Leslie Shatz

Visual effects                         Catherine Craig


REGISTRATION for September 19, 2017, 6:30-8:45 PM 

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REGISTRATION for Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:30-8:45 PM 

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September 19th, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
September 19th, 2017 @ 8:30 pm
Doors Open:
6:00 pm
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor St. East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8 Canada
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