Monday, December 22, 2008

for any Yukio Mishima fans out there, the film forum in nyc on houston is playing paul schrader's 1985 film, mishima: a life in four chapters.

this film is only playing for a week, and i caught the sunday evening show at 7 pm. i have to say that the film is beautiful and very aesthetically engaging --- the scenery and sets are vibrant with color and are really inspiring at times. one scene will go from a cafe where all the characters are wearing hyper bright, bubble-gum colored clothing and make up, and then it will go to a very dark and morbid black and white scene. the music for the movie was also really spectauclar and enhanced the movie very well. while i'm not too knowledgeable on philip glass and his work, i have heard some other stuff he's composed and i enjoy his music very much. the movie also changed my views on mishima himself, who was a very radical man that was deeply invested in bringing the japanese military to the superpower it once was generations ago and doing away with capitalism.

while i might not agree with his views on that, his writing speaks for itself and i don't know anyone who could read any of his books and not appreciate the beauty in his gift with words --- i wish i could write like him.

this movie is only playing until dec 23, so there's still a few more days to go watch it. if anyone catches it, let me know what you thought of it.

well, i've got to get up for work in a few hours so i'm going to try and go to sleep for the millionth time tonight.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous6:13 PM

    anonymous commenter here - I love mishima. and yeah I don't agree with his radical views nor do I share his sadomastochistic fantasies but he was a genius. one trivial criticism just from the poster of the movie alone is that guy is nowhere near good looking enough to play mishima :P yeah besides being a genius I thought the real Mishima was incredibly handsome