Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters ★★★★★

Ultimately, I took Mishima as an exploration of what can happen when the inner demons of a troubled genius influence his ideology. Essentially, Mishima wanted to Make Japan Great Again...a return to the original spirit, aesthetic, and traditions of his rapidly changing country, a reclaiming of the samurai culture of the past. Within this are interwoven stories and stories within stories that explode visually. The production design and Philip Glass score are a true cinemagasm. Somehow it all coalesces into a complex character study with visual, narrative, political, and emotional layers to unpeel for days. It’s the ultimate Paul Schrader joint.

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