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The Controversial Life And Death Of Yukio Mishima, One Of The Greatest Writers Of Twentieth Century Japan, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1975, 55 Minutes.) #YukioMishima #KimitakeHiraoka #MishimaIncident #Tateokai #Writers #Authors #Novelists #Seppuku #Harakiri #RitualisticSuicide #Suicide #Coups #Nationalism #Japan #JapaneseHistory #DVD #MP4 #VideoDownload
When Japan's greatest living author decided to take his life in ritual suicide atop the Tokyo headquarters of the Eastern Command of Japan's Self-Defense Forces on November 25, 1970 during a coup attempt that was more ceremonial than actual, both Japanese and foreigners alike were amazed. What was the meaning of it all? This insightful 1985 BBC documentary explores this meaning in detail, with John Hurt reading as the voice of Mishima, revealing his and his generation's education for and admiration of death, his love/hate relationships with people and cultures, his support of the Emperor and the Imperial system and how his whole life lead to a carefully organized and publicized ritual death.
November 25, 1970: In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and one compatriot commit seppuku, ritualistic suicide, after an unsuccessful coup attempt. Yukio Mishima (b. January 14, 1925) is the pen name of Kimitake Hiraoka, a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, film director, founder of the Tatenokai, and nationalist. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. He was considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968 but the award went to his countryman Yasunari Kawabata. His works include the novels Confessions of a Mask and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, and the autobiographical essay Sun and Steel. His avant garde work displayed a blending of modern and traditional aesthetics that broke cultural boundaries, with a focus on sexuality, death, and political change. Mishima was active as a nationalist and founded his own right-wing militia, the Tatenokai. In 1970, he and three other members of his militia staged an attempted coup d'etat when they seized control of a Japanese military base and took the commander hostage, then tried and failed to inspire a coup to restore the Emperor's pre-war powers. Mishima then committed ritual suicide by seppuku. The coup attempt became known as the "Mishima Incident". The Mishima Prize was established in 1988 to honor his life and works.