Thanks to fallen__one
finding time to encode these files from the VHS tapes I have finally gotten both The Love of Rite and Death
(aka Yukoku, Patriotism, etc) and the Yukio Mishima: Samurai Writer
documentaries ready for download.
Some introductory remarks on the peices:The Love of Rite and Death
(aka Yokoku and Patriotism): Mishima was an actor as well as a writer. This short film was made in 1966 and is based on Mishima's short story Yokoku (Patriotism)
in which a young army officer takes part in a pro-imperial coup in order to through out the corrupt cabinet. The coup is discovered and put down (ironically with imperial approval) and the officer decides to commit seppuku
(ritual disembowelment). His wife joins him committing jigai
(ritual throat-cutting) thus making the act shinju
(lover's suicide). The film is rather graphic, especially for the time. Mishima produced, directed, and stared as the main character. Mishima's wife actually convinced the Japanese government to pull the film after his seppuku
in 1970 making the film very rare. It took me quite a bit of time and a pretty penny to find a copy in Tokyo. This is an exceedingly beautiful movie - very romantic and touching - my further review can be read here
. The video and sound quality are a B+ or so I think.
was done by British journalists in the mid-80's and eventually was picked up by A&E Biography although it is no longer listed under that heading. It contains some great interviews with Mishima, footage of his final speech, and a lot of things no to be found anywhere else. Great quality and really hard to find unless you want to pay 150.00 for a copy...
For reasons of bandwidth, I am going to put them up on FTP. They are encoded in divx and are both rather large files (one is right at 100 megs the other is 250 - we are in the age of broadband and quality is more important than 10 more minutes of download time in my time). Feel free to grab them and distribute them as you may.
If you are new to FTP you may want to read this
. If you have questions post them and I will try to answer them as I can.
At any rate, the info is:
I hope you all enjoy them and I will keep the serve up a day or two to make sure anyone that wants to can get them. They took a great deal of money/trouble getting but they really need to be accessible easier and hopefully this is a step in that direction. Feel free to post the information to any other communities that may be interested.