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Yűkoku (Patriotism) (The Rite of Love and Death) (1966)

Yűkoku (Patriotism) (The Rite of Love and Death)

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The great Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima only directed one film in his life, and this was it: the story of a soldier who has to commit suicide after a failed coup.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Yukio Mishima
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On DVD: Jul 1, 2008
Runtime:

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a fanatical and authentic expression of art

Full Review… | February 19, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Yűkoku (Patriotism) (The Rite of Love and Death)

mishima wrote, directed, and starred in this short film that may be one of the most difficult films to watch or embrace in cinematic history. not only is the film graphic on its own account, but watching the film with the knowledge that mishima carried out his characters fate in real life 4 years after he made this film turns the film into an eerie self fulfilling prophecy. the film is absolutely beautiful when seen in the context of japanese culture and mishima created some powerful images not easily forgotten, but its harder to love the film like i wanted to when considering mishima exploited this film to carry out his own attepmt at artistic immortality in the likeness of manufactured tragedy. regardless of circumstances outside of the film itself, this is a cinematic experience that should not be missed.

sanjurosamurai
danny d

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Its a well done film. Great black and white cinematography. The performances have this creepy yet fascinating beauty to them. And the overall story while short is fantastic. Its full of great images and shows that Mishima had a natural talent behind the camera and its a shame he didn't continue making films. Its impossible to see this film without thinking about the actual events that led to Mishima's death just 4 years after this was made seeing how the character's fate is nearly identical to his own. So pair that with Paul Schrader's magnificent biopic that got about as close to showing what kind of person Yukio Mishima really was, it adds up to a film that stayed with me some time after seeing it.

Its a well done film. Great black and white cinematography. The performances have this creepy yet fascinating beauty to them. And the overall story while short is fantastic. Its full of great images and shows that Mishima had a natural talent behind the camera and its a shame he didn't continue making films. Its impossible to see this film without thinking about the actual events that led to Mishima's death just 4 years after this was made seeing how the character's fate is nearly identical to his own. So pair that with Paul Schrader's magnificent biopic that got about as close to showing what kind of person Yukio Mishima really was, it adds up to a film that stayed with me some time after seeing it.

Paul Pastoor
Paul Pastoor

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