08 19 Oct '24
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Paul Schrader

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

120' - 1985 - Drama, Biography - Dialogue: English, Japanese
Director: Paul Schrader Composer: Philip Glass With: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami
A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese author Yukio Mishima. Three of the segments parallel events in Mishima's life with his novels (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses), while the fourth depicts the actual events of the 25th Nov. 1970, "The Last Day".

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Paul Schrader


Philip Glass


Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami


Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader, Yukio Mishima

Director of Photography

John Bailey


Michael Chandler, Tomoyo Oshima


Tom Luddy, Mataichirô Yamamoto, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas

More information


English, Japanese

Countries of production

United States of America, Japan

Screenplay based on

"The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" (Yukio Mishima); "Kyoko's House" (Yukio Mishima); "Runaway Horses" (Yukio Mishima)




Paul Schrader
Blue Collar (1978), The Hardcore Life (1979), American Gigolo (1980), Cat People (1982), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Light of Day (1987), Patty Hearst (1988), The Comfort of Strangers (1990), Light Sleeper (1992), Witch Hunt (TV-Movie, 1994), Untitled: New Blue (1995), Touch (1997), Affliction (1997), Forever Mine (1999), Auto Focus (2002), Doominion:: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005), The Walker (2007), Adam Resurrected (2008), The Canyons (2013), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013), Dying of the Light (2014), Dog Eat Dog (2016), First Reformed (2017), Dark (2017), The Card Counter (2021), Master Gardener (2022)

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