On November 25th 1970, a man committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese Ministry of Defense. The man was Yukio Mishima, one of Japan’s greatest and most celebrated novelists, with four members of his own private army.
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A contrary approach to Schrader's mythologized version, partially reached by casting Arata against types he normally plays. For Wakamatsu the reason for Mishima's coupe d'etat and suicide is not to be found in his literary works, but in his envy for the political left and what they archived. The film is far from as bad as people in the comments here make you believe, but also miles away from The United Red Army.
Quite bad! As bad as all Wakamatsu's stuff since 2007 & his discovery of dv camera! So: ugly, no style, bad acting, bad rhythm, bad music. Looks like the worst j-dramas. Don't know what he wanted to do since he is/was a left-wing activist, highly hater of patriotisms. Surely he wanted to ridicule Mishima? he quite succeeded with this ridiculously not charismatic actor, so refined, so gay (&so unmuscular haha)