Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Synopsis: 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"...
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Paul Schrader
Production: Criterion Collection
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

you struck out with me.


Go ahead and stutter.

Virgins are beautiful,

but there's nothing

beautiful about you.

Guys like us

are just like beautiful girls.

We get sick

of always being stared at.

It's like...

a m-m-mirror...

you can't b-b-break.

You're so self-important.

You make too big a deal

about your stuttering.

I suppose you're a damn poet.

G- G-Golden Pavilion.

It's too beautiful.

An acolyte.

Even worse.

Face the fact

you'll never be loved.

It's the same for everybody.

You can trick girls

into loving your deformity

instead of hating it.

Come on. I'll show you.


You did that on purpose!

What can I do?

You just going to walk away?

Help me up.

Is there a doctor nearby?

My house

is around the corner.

Suddenly I came across

a picture

whose only purpose had been to lie

in wait for centuries and ambush me.

The white matchless beauty

of the youth's body

hung against the tree trunk,

his hands tied by thongs.

I trembled with joy.

My loins swelled.

My hand unconsciously began

a motion it had never been taught.

My need to transform reality

was an urgent necessity,

as important

as three meals a day or sleep.


Mm, really.

Scenic beauty is hell,

isn't it?

Take that one up the path

and screw her.

She wants it.

B- b-but how?

Make her pity your stutter.

Make her worship it.

That's why we're here.


Maybe she'll fall in love

with a stutterer.

Do you stutter?

Well, are all the deformities

here today?

Let's split up.

We'll meet here again

in two hours.

D- d-do you want

to go home?

He's gone off

and made her feel she's a saint.

That's his usual trick.

H- h-how do you know?

Oh, come on.

How do you think?

What are you doing?

What's wrong?

Just as I thought.

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Paul Schrader

Paul Joseph Schrader is an American screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for four Martin Scorsese films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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