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Sometimes non-Japanese directors tell stories on the big screen that Japanese filmmakers and studios shy away from. Sometimes, these reasons are political.

“Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” was Paul Schrader’s 1985 biopic about the celebrated and nationalist author Yukio Mishima, who ended his life in 1970 by seppuku after urging members of the Self-Defense Force to overturn Japan’s pacifist Constitution. Though critically well-received in the West, “Mishima” was never released in Japan due in part to objections by Mishima’s widow to the film’s depiction of his homosexuality.

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