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A LIFE IN FOUR CHAPTERS
UK: ICA Films
Cast: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda, Shigeto Tachihara, Junkichi Orimoto, Naoko Otami, Go Riju, Masato Aizawa, Yuki Nagahara, Kyuzo Kobayashi, Yuki Kitazume
Director: Paul Schrader
Countries: US / Japan
UK Certificate: 15
UK Release Date: 10 July 2009 (Limited Re-release - London, ICA)
Paul Schrader tells the true story of Japanese novelist and playwright Yukio Mishima via extended flashbacks that take place as the writer prepares to commit public seppuku, or ritual suicide, in 1970. Schrader also brings to life moments from Mishima's fiction; the result is a complex portrait of the man, his art and the society he lived in, swept along by a mesmerising Philip Glass score.
This re-release is a restored print and the director's own cut.