Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters (1985 Film) Soundtrack
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Perhaps it is the subject matter. The complex and not easily explainable life of writer Yukio Mishima.
The movie studies the odd life of Mishima by examining his novels. The underlying themes of self-obsession, narcism, deep passion, and aweseome forces of beauty through death, are captured very well through musical expression.
Each piece captures some essence of its subject matter, without being pandering or obvious. Other than the wind chimes in the Intro, there are no obvious references to Japanese music, ala Madame Butterfly.
The melodic elements are most certainly western, yet its interpretation of the human feelings behind each of the stories is quite universal and rises above stereotype. You need not love Japan or Japanese music or literature to love this work.
It uses the traditional dramatic structure of a movie to move you from scene to scene. The final climax of Mishima's suicide is understood musically, as the the climax of a life's work. Whether or not we morally agree with Mishima's act, it serves as a symbol how each us move to some sort of great work of art which is our own lives.
This is accessible, powerful, emotional music and has never worn out its welcome.
BTW, the final scene in the Truman Show uses the main theme of this soundtrack, so if you found the triumphant "rush" of that finale compelling, you will love to hear the rest in this soundtrack.
The only drawback to this album –and it’s not a serious one—is that some of the pieces don’t conclude, they simply stop, I suppose because all that was needed for the film had already been taped.
I haven’t by any means listened to all of Glass’s many albums but I’ve listened to many and I would rate Mishima one of his best to date, up there with the two violin concertos and his early ballet music.
The main theme is strangely reminiscent of the music to Candy Crush -- and I think part of the reason Candy Crush is so successful is that it makes a casual game sound like you are doing something epic.
Definitely some of Philip Glasses' most accessible music. I especially like "Stage Blood is Not Enough" -- beautiful classical music for the electric guitar.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a big fan of Philip Glass, so naturally I enjoyed this recording. I'm not a music expert but Glass sounds very original to me, and I like originality.Published on March 24, 2014 by Len Levinson
Great composition, well executed on this recording. This is also a great introduction to both Glass minimalism and to Mishima. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by SASM
As always, Philip Glass is good. I've loved Mishima since childhood and was glad to find it again. Thank youPublished on January 22, 2013 by Averyms
I saw Mishima when the film came out in 1985 and have always been impressed by the score. Not only is the music beautifully descriptive of the scenes of the film but it also is... Read morePublished on December 4, 2007 by David A. Wend
This is a great film. Any fan of Mishima will love it. A triad of Mishima's life, several of his stories and the last day of his life is well presented. Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Coyotlus
There are some soundtracks that seem to steal the show, and this is definitely one of them. It brilliantly captures the inner turmoil and dreams of a man, with sound that rings in... Read morePublished on December 30, 2003 by Jim Beam