Yűkoku (Patriotism) (The Rite of Love and Death) Reviews
This is writer Yukio Mishima's only directed film. Mishima is also one of the two actors in the film. "Patriotism" is the English title and it's about a couple that kill each other. They also love each other deeply.
No dialogue, this is a silent film - shot in black and white. Originally scored by Richard Wagner, but I saw a version with some lovely, semi-creepy ambient music done by Aaron Embry. It sounds as if it's an old, dusty vinyl that are just played and added on top of the film. Nice touch.
Graphic and artsy, sad but in a strange way very beautiful.
8 out of 10 samurai swords.