aka Jiketsu no Hi: Mishima Yukio to Wakamonotachi, directed by Wakamatsu Koji, 2012, 119min
Besides a celebrated writer, Mishima Yukio (1925-1970) was a fanatical supporter of the Japanese Emperor and ‘bushido’ honour codes of the Samurai. Wakamatsu Koji, who died in October 2012, shows Mishima’s right-wing radicalisation in the turbulent 1960s. Japan was a polarised society in which extreme left-wing students occupied universities while the right tried to put Japanese nationalism back on the map, by revising the 1951 security treaty between Japan and the US. The film, loaded with archive footage, shows Mishima undergoing intensive military training and becoming increasingly radical, founding the paramilitary organisation Tatenokai (Shield Society) in order to organise a coup like the one in 1936. It ended with his dramatical seppuku (ritual suicide). Another famous film about the same events is Paul Schrader´s highly stylizied Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985).
“The filmmaker’s career can only be summed up by the most unlikely of keywords: Marxist porno, Yakuza (gangster) monitor on set, associated with the armed rebels of the Red Army, propagandist for the Palestinian cause along with his comrade Masao Adachi. 100 films.” -Gertjan Zuilhof: Rotterdam Film Festival
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