Yukio Mishima in Afraid to Die

Yukio Mishima (1925 - 1970)


Leader of the failed 1970 coup attempt against the Japanese government

Film DeathsEdit

  • Afraid to Die (Karakkaze yarô) (1960) [Takeo Asahina]: Shot in the back by Shigeru Koyama in a department store; he dies shortly afterwards, after staggering up the down escalator and finally collapsing.
  • Patriotism (Yûkoku; The Rite of Love and Death) (1966) [Shinji Takeyama]: Commits suicide by hara-kiri. (The prints of this film were rumored to have been destroyed after Mishima's real-life death, but the negatives were rediscovered in 2005 and it has since been reissued on DVD.)
  • Black Lizard (Kuro tokage) (1968) [Human Statue]: Stabbed in the stomach in a fight with another man. His perfectly-preserved body is shown as a "statue" in Akihiro Miwa's hideout, and his death is shown in a brief flashback.
  • Tenchu (Hitokiri) (1969) [Shimbei Tanaka]: Commits suicide via hara-kiri (seppeku) to atone for his actions. 

TV DeathsEdit



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