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Wild Bunch - 11/25 THE DAY MISHIMA CHOSE HIS OWN FATE

Kôji Wakamatsu

11/25 THE DAY MISHIMA CHOSE HIS OWN FATE

MISHIMA YUKIO TO WAKAMONOTACHI

11/25 THE DAY MISHIMA CHOSE HIS OWN FATE

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Status: Completed

Director(s): Kôji Wakamatsu

Short synopsis : On 11/25/70, one of Japan’s most celebrated novelists committed ritual suicide. What was he trying to express? What did he witness in his final moments?

Long synopsis : “If we value so highly the dignity of life, how can we not also value the dignity of death? No death may be called futile.” - Yukio Mishima On November 25th 1970, a man committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, leaving behind a legacy of masterpieces and a controversy that echoes to this day. The man was Yukio Mishima, one of Japan’s greatest and most celebrated novelists. With four members of his own private army - the Tatenokai - Mishima had taken the commandant hostage and called upon ,the assembled military outside the Ministry to overthrow their society and restore the powers of the Emperor. When the soldiers mocked and jeered Mishima, he cut short his speech and withdrew to the commandant’s office where he committed seppuku - the samurai warrior’s death - tearing open his belly with a ceremonial knife before being beheaded by one of his colleagues. What was Mishima truly trying to express through his actions? And what did he witness during his final moments?

Cast

  • Shinobu Terajima, Hideo Nakaizumi, Arata Iura, Hanae Kann, Shin'nosuke Mitsushima, Shinji Suzuki

Crew

  • Producer(s): Noriko Ozaki
  • Director(s): Kôji Wakamatsu
  • Screenplay: Masayuki Kakegawa
  • DP: Yûsaku Mitsuwaka, Tomohiko Tsuji
  • Editing: Kumiko Sakamoto
  • Original Music: Fumio Sakahashi
  • Original Title: MISHIMA YUKIO TO WAKAMONOTACHI
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Historical Drama

  • Production company: WAKAMATSU PRODUCTION
  • Production date: 2011
  • Language: Japanese
  • Duration: 119 min
  • Image Ratio: 1.77
  • Sound Info: Dolby5.1
  • Festival de Cannes 2012 - Un Certain Regard
  • Fantasia International Film Festival 2012
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2012
  • L'Étrange Festival 2012
  • Ghent Film Festival 2012
  • Sao Paulo Mostra Internacional de Cinema 2012
  • Goa - International Film Festival of India 2012
  • Torino Film Festival 2012
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012

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