Opening Sept. 29
Wednesday (10/4): 5:30 p.m.
Friday (10/6): 5:30 p.m.
Saturday (10/7): 5:00 p.m.
A daringly original biopic, “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters,” flashes back to the famous gay novelist/movie-star’s suicidal assault on a Japanese army camp. Between minimal black-and-white episodes of Mishima’s earlier life and colorful dramatizations of scenes from three of his novels, this movie attempts to come to grips with the public and private faces of a real-life character, finally reflecting more upon the neurosis and drives of its creator than its subject. Writer of “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” Paul Schrader directed obsessive-puritanical philosophizing is at its purest here, as he channels his usual concerns into a meditation on Mishima’s tussles with love, death, honor and the spirit.
The night after the premiere of “Mishima,” a competitor for the prestigious “Palme d’Or” at the Cannes Film Festival in 1985, the film was well-received, and won an overall award for “Best Artistic Contribution.” But, Schrader knew better than anyone that its chances at the American box office were slim. He observed that his co-producers, Francis Coppola and George Lucas, raised $10 million, “with no hope of getting it back.”
“Mishima” is an exceptional, original movie, ravishingly shot and with a hauntingly brilliant Philip Glass score.
121 min | Biopic, Drama | Directed by: Paul Schrader | Starring: Ken Ogata
Tickets will be available online at thehipp.org or through our box office
at: (352) 375-4477.
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