Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Reviews

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August 25, 2020
Playing like a more comprehensible version of the sort of stylistic biopic one would expect from Ken Russell, Mishima is a heady, visual assault, a presentation of cinema as fetishistic as its subject
November 13, 2018
A Life in Four Chapters is an example of an artistic expression so compelling that it - perhaps particularly for more distant Western observers - transcends many of the complex, difficult, and politically-charged circumstances which surrounded it.
September 5, 2018
As Mishima imagines his new trajectory through the upper atmosphere, Mishima finds its own resting place, and the sleepy drone of Glass's organs swells on the soundtrack, both eerie and comforting--anthem, hymn, and requiem.
June 18, 2018
If one cannot seriously address the sexuality of a man who was so obviously obsessed and driven by sex, then why bother making a film of his life at all?
June 9, 2018
The storylines are often overwhelmed by the sheer magnificence of the visual approach.
April 9, 2018
One of the most gorgeous and sophisticated portraits of an artist ever put on film.
February 5, 2018
A very stylish, if emotionally constrained film.
January 3, 2018
"Mishima" tries to make sense of both its subject's life and his work, and ends up illuminating neither.
July 10, 2009
Paul Schrader's 1985 biopic necessarily guts his controversial life - but the visual style is superb.
July 10, 2009
Graced with a throbbing orchestral score from Philip Glass and John Bailey's luminous photography, this is appropriately monumental filmmaking.
July 10, 2009
From Philip Glass's glorious score to John Bailey's rich cinematography, Schrader's movie is never less than ravishing.
July 10, 2009
The gorgeous, artsy 1985 biopic Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is the best movie that Paul Schrader has yet directed.
July 10, 2009
Philip Glass's score still takes the breath away.
July 10, 2009
Those unfamiliar with Mishima's work may find the expressionistic novel sequences overly rich, but Schrader's film is a visually arresting, imaginative and intelligent overview of a difficult subject.
July 10, 2009
The cerebral cool of Schrader's perspective sacrifices emotional connection to its subject.
December 16, 2008
It's Mishima's diagrammatic structure that most perfectly suits its subject, defined by his will to harmony.
December 10, 2008
It's fetishistic, lyrical, narcissistic and, at key moments, borderline berserk. In other words, the movie captures its subject to a tee.
May 23, 2006
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August 22, 2004
Offers a mesmerizing profile of the famous Japanese writer whose life was filled with drama.
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