Restored footage of an infamous Tokyo University debate between controversial Japanese poet and novelist Yukio Mishima and university students is the centerpiece of Keisuke Toyoshima’s “Mishima: The Last Debate.”
Mishima is known equally as one of Japan’s most important 20th century literary figures, nominated for the Nobel Prize, and as an unrepentant Japanese nationalist who wanted the powers of the emperor to be restored.
The heated debate was held in 1969 at a time of mass protests in Japan that included an uprising among students.
A year later after failing to inspire an army mutiny, Mishima killed himself in ritual Japanese fashion.
The original footage of the debate was believed to have been lost but was discovered by filmmakers during the process of making the documentary. It’s been restored in 4K.
“Mishima: The Last Debate.” will be released theatrically in Japan in March.
Read the story at Variety.
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