Movie of the Year: 1985

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

An image of Mishima

The Taste Buds discuss 1985’s most obscure movie, Mishima!

Almost no one has heard of this movie. Outside of Japan most people don’t even know the incredible story of Yukio Mishima, the most famous Japanese author of his day, and his stranger-than-fiction life. Mishima is a biopic that makes several bold choices in its staging of its subject’s life. Mixing color and black and white, truth and fiction, glory and humiliation–Mishima is the powerful legacy of a deeply sensitive, deeply broken artist. You probably haven’t seen this movie; you should really check it out.


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