Yukio Mishima by Koji Wakamatsu

Veteran japanese director Koji Wakamatsu is unstoppable for now, still ready to tell subversive stories. In Red Army, it was the failing of the left-wing movements in Japan, in Caterpillar, the consequences of war.

Now, Wakamatsu is taking on the controversial writer, Yukio Mishima, who killed himself after a failed coup d’état in November 1970.

11/25 The Day Mishima Chose His Own Fate will focus on the final days of writer Yukio Mishima, his attempted coup d’Etat, the creation of his own militia (Tatenokai – the original title uses the word wakamonotachi – i.e the youth, as a reference to this militia).

Unlike Paul Schrader’s surprising biopic Mishima, Koji Wakamatsu will set politics and taboos at the center of his film. Showing the final years of Mishima’s life, as well as exploring the state of the 1960s Japan.

During this troubled era, the japanese society had to go through somes changes. It started with the assassination of socialist leader Asanuma, then continued with the student movements, protesting for their rights and against the U.S military presence in Japan. Plus the country becoming an economic superpower, and the sexual liberation…

Wakamatsu already tackled some of these subjects in his early films. After all, he started directing films during the 1960s, using soft-erotic films to make political comments on what happened at that time: the lost youth in Go, Go, Second Time Virgin, the useless student protests in Sex Jack… As for Mishima’s suicide, it inspired Wakamatsu to direct The Woman Who Wanted to Die, shot few weeks only after the event.

11/25 The Day Mishima Chose His Own Fate will be released in Japan on June 2, 2012! The film will make its international premiere at the Festival de Cannes, in May 2012 (part of Un Certain Regard).

Sources: Koji Wakamatsu Blog, Tokyograph, Festival Cannes
AKA 11.25 Jiketsu no Hi: Mishima Yukio to Wakamonotachi



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