He opens with this observation and chart: Leadership development theory begins with the concept of formulating a time-line. A time-line study for each person is unique.
However, when you see enough time-lines you notice some overall general patterns. The following is an idealized pattern, synthesized from a study of many individual patterns. These guys beautifully weave the book metaphor into the process of spiritual formation using story and chapter markings in relation to God's authorship.
Also, while at Dallas Theological Seminary, the practice of life-mapping influenced me along the same lines and led to one of the most valuable small group tools I have ever used. Since its Christmas you might enjoy the special wisdom of these four stages of a man's life: As I begin my forties I am doing so with lens that is distinctly different from my 20's and 30's. Here is what that looks like for me: My 20's were about Intimacy ; the cultivation of habits in my life with God. My 30's were about Service; sharpening my calling in a physical full-court press to honor Him.
My 40's will be about Sabbath; pursing wholeness, rest, eternal perspective and a deeper quality of love as a result of the the previous two stages.
Minor and major decision-making can be framed by this perspective. Because he is bending over backwards not to criticize Mishima, Schrader simply refuses to examine the uglier implications of his public suicide. Ironically, this approach hurts the film precisely because Mishima himself was capable of much more perceptive self-criticism.
With great subtlety, he interweaves black and white scenes from Mishima's early life with lush full-color scenes from his early novels. What makes these sections so haunting are the subtle, suggestive differences between Mishima and the people he is writing about.
For example, Mizoguchi, the acolyte who destroys the Golden Temple, is not a homosexual, nor is he a talented writer. His stammering could be a metaphor for those things, or it could be a metaphor for nothing at all. The mystery of creation and imagination, wordless and inexpressible, really seems to come to life here -- particularly in the dissolve where the schoolboy Mishima "morphs" into the slightly older Mizoguchi.
The problems start in the third chapter, "Action.
Schrader seems to assume that the hero of the novel, Isao, is simply a stand in for Mishima. How can you tell? Because Schrader cuts out precisely those sections of the novel in which Mishima actually analyzes Isao's emotions and his illusions. The Isao of this movie is merely a straw man who spouts platitudes about the emperor and Japan's greatness. The Isao of the book is a courageous, unselfish, but very human teenage boy, whose callous and narrow-minded parents are unable to love and who plainly have had a crushing effect on his psyche.
Mishima, whether consciously or not, included some truly vile scenes of parental cruelty and manipulation in this book precisely because he understood on some level that Isao's decision to end his own life was not entirely unselfish. The connection between the sordid ugliness of Isao's loveless home and his desire to die a violent death is clear enough in the book. But it is absent from the movie. Oddly enough, Schrader thinks he is protecting Mishima in the last section, by not moralizing about the suicide, but he is actually diminishing him as an author.
The final scenes, in which Mishima at the moment of death attains "oneness" with his heroes, really are quite exhilarating.
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A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima. Paul Schrader , Leonard Schrader. Watch This Week's Trailer Trailer. Share this Rating Title: A Life in Four Chapters 7.
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