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11:25 THE DAY MISHIMA CHOSE HIS OWN FATE

Japan, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Accent on Asia)

Director: Koji Wakamatsu

11:25 THE DAY MISHIMA CHOSE HIS OWN FATE

A radical biopic on the life and death of a Japanese icon from veteran provocateur Koji Wakamatsu.

On 25 November 1970 one of Japan's most celebrated writers, Yukio Mishima, committed ritual suicide after staging a failed right-wing coup with his private militia that had attempted to reinstate the Emperor as a deity.Director Wakamatsu (Caterpillar, MIFF 10; United Red Army, MIFF 08) attempts to answer some of the questions that arose from this extraordinary act: What were they fighting for? Who was the real enemy? And what was the meaning of Mishima's extraordinary final gesture?

Filmed in an austere style that focuses on the expression of hard-line ideology by Mishima and his militant coterie, including their almost fetishistic belief in traditional samurai values, 11:25 The Day Mishima Chose His Own Fate is an almost Brechtian study of fanaticism.

"A complex and absorbing re-interpretation of the Mishima legend." - Indiewire

Please note: Due to the delayed arrival of the film, we have unfortunately had to cancel the Sunday 5 August screening. We are expecting the film to arrive in time for the second screening on Tuesday 15 August, and have also scheduled a replacement screening on Sunday 19 August at 11am.

D Koji Wakamatsu P Koji Wakamatsu, Noriko Ozaki S Masayuki Kakegawa, Koji Wakamatsu WS Wild Bunch L Japanese w/English subtitles TD DCP/2012

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