daniar (daniar) wrote in japaneselit,


Hi! I am student of Moscow State University, my name is Dmitry. Several years ago I discovered japenese literature and was absorbed by Akutagawa, Kawabata and mostly by Mishima. I appreciate his descriptions of comon life, of latent feelings and hidden emotions even hints of the emotions, nuances of emotional experiences. Most of all I like his novels of an everyday japenese life of the post-war period. I wanted to ask you whether you know any filmings of his masterpieces.
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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

A fictionalized account in four segments of the life of Japan's celebrated twentieth-century author Yukio Mishima. Three of the segments parallel events in Mishima's life with his novels (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses), while the fourth depicts 25 November 1970, "The Last Day".
Thanks a lot! Is it a japenese film?

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Thank you. After my exams I will see. Where interesting icon you have!

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You're welcome! Ya know, I'm not quite sure if it's a Japanese film. I haven't seen it myself, but after reading about it I want to watch it. If you go to www.imdb.com and search Yukio Mishima it will show you what films he's worked on. Hope that helps!
I know the book Sound of the Waves by Mishima has had a Japanese film adaptation. I haven't seen it though...

Also, a story by Akutagawa Jigoku Hen or Hell Screen (the one about the painter whose paintings come alive) had a Japanese movie adaptation as well. I tried looking for a copy online but only found the trailer in youtube.

Hope the info helps.
i do not know what is available in russia - but these days one can maybe find dvds online.

I have watched "Enjo" based on "temple of the golden pavillion" (kinkakuji) by mishima - the director was ichikawa, kon from the 1950s.
It is a good version of the book. It's not exactly the same as the book - but it is close - and Ichikawa is a very famous director - several famous Japanese actors are in the film. Including a young Nakadai, Tatsuya (who would later be in the movies 'Ran' 'Yojimbo' 'Seppuku' and many others.)

You may know of "mishima" about his life. based on the biography by henry scott stokes (though i prefer the john nathan biography)that was made in the 1980s.

other films.... there are 2 sort of B-movies.... in the late 1960s roughly based on his theater work "black lizard" (kurokage?) and a sequel - mishima appears briefly in the sequal as a human statue.

Mishima starred in a 1960s movie. It's called "afraid to die" - it is not a serious movie - but fun, if you like mishima - he plays a gangster. he supposedly was a terrible actor and was frustrating for the actress in the movie to work with. He was friends with the director and that's how the movie got arranged. His requirements included he wanted to always be wearing a leather jacket.

Recently - 10 years ago? - a movie was made of the book "Spring Snow" Haru no yuki.

There is a 1 hour documentary - I think you can find it on youtube - the title something like "the strange case of yukio mishima" - though it has been broadcast under different titles.