Schrader’s fascinating take on Yukio Mishima, Japan’s most famous author. In an unconventional biography, the filmmaker elaborated a reflection on Mishima’s ideas and beliefs, combining events of his life (in black and white) with his literary works (in vibrant color). The plot is divided into four acts; starting with Mishima’s youth and ending with his suicide, in 1970 , symbolically committed in a military headquarter. The film is structured on three of his books and poetic interludes. This is the project in which Schrader most combines a fragmented narrative with mise en scène.
Born in Michigan. He started his career as a screenwriter in films such as Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976). His directorial debut was Blue Collar (1978). He teamed up again with Scorsese in Raging Bull (1980) and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). He has directed Hardcore (1979), Affliction (1997), among others. Festival do Rio presents this year a retrospective of his work.