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The biographical sections are interwoven with short dramatizations of three of Mishima's novels: In The Temple of the Golden Pavilion , a stuttering aspirant sets fire to the famous Zen Buddhist temple because he feels inferior at the sight of its beauty. Kyoko's House depicts the sadomasochistic and ultimately fatal relationship between a middle-aged woman and her young lover, who is in her financial debt.
In Runaway Horses , a group of young fanatic nationalists fails to overthrow the government, with its leader subsequently committing suicide. Dramatizations, frame story , and flashbacks are segmented into the four chapters of the film's title, named Beauty , Art , Action , and Harmony of Pen and Sword.
He addresses the garrison's soldiers, asking them to join him in his struggle to reinstate the Emperor as the nation's sovereign. His speech is largely ignored and ridiculed. Mishima then returns to the General's office and commits seppuku. Although Mishima only visualizes three of the writer's novels by name, the film also uses segments from his autobiographical novel Confessions of a Mask. At least two scenes, one showing the young Mishima being aroused by a painting of the Christian martyr Sebastian , and another where a young Mishima purposefully exaggerates his illness at a military draft health checkup, appear in this book.
The use of one further Mishima novel, Forbidden Colors , which describes the marriage of a homosexual man to a woman, was denied by Mishima's widow. Kyoko's House contains four equally ranking storylines, featuring four different protagonists, but Schrader picked out only the one which he considered relevant.
Mishima used various colour palettes to differentiate between frame story, flashbacks and scenes from Mishima's novels: the scenes set in were shot in naturalistic colours, the flashbacks in black-and-white, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion -episode is dominated by golden and green, Kyoko's House by pink and grey, and Runaway Horses by orange and black.
Roy Scheider was the narrator in the original movie version and on the early VHS release. On the DVD release, Scheider's voice-over was substituted with a narration by an uncredited actor. The Mishima Corporation swept across the Asian map, creating a company in a nation after nation. But as his money grew, new opposing forces slowly began to show their presence.
Heihachi and Lee learned that Amethyst was controlling the first and most powerful opposition, the Travonni Anti-Flag.'Mishima' Impossible. By Paul Attanasio. October 15, "Mishima" tries to make sense of both its subject's life and his work, and ends up illuminating neither. Part of the movie comes in.