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Cinematic NihilismEncounters, Confrontations, Overcomings$
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John Marmysz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424561

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424561.001.0001

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Yukio Mishima and the Return to the Body

Yukio Mishima and the Return to the Body

(p.177) Chapter 9 Yukio Mishima and the Return to the Body
Cinematic Nihilism

John Marmysz

Edinburgh University Press

In this chapter, the life, work and philosophy of the Japanese author Yukio Mishima are explored. It is argued that the most interesting and profound properties of Mishima’s thought, his writings, and of the films associated with his thought and writings, are those that leave us with a sense of the open-ended struggle involved in his effort to define himself. The chapter examines some of Mishima’s most important literary works – including Confessions of a Mask, Temple of the Golden Pavilion, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea, Patriotism, and The Sea of Fertility – as well as cinematic interpretations of these works by directors such as Paul Schrader, Lewis John Carlino, and Yukio Mishima himself. It is concluded that for Mishima, the defeat of nihilism was ultimately realized in his suicide by ritual seppuku.

Keywords:   Carlino, Lewis John, Confessions of a Mask, Mishima, Yukio, Nihilism, Patriotism, The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea, Schrader, Paul, The Sea of Fertility, Temple of the Golden Pavilion

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