ARATA plays Mishima Yukio in Wakamatsu Koji’s next film
Award-winning director Wakamatsu Koji is working on a new film about the suicide of legendary writer Mishima Yukio, titled “11.25 Jiketsu no Hi: Mishima Yukio to Wakamonotachi.” Actor ARATA (36) has been chosen to play the lead as Mishima.
As the title suggests, the focus of the film is the events of November 25, 1970. On that day, Mishima entered the Tokyo headquarters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces along with four members of the Tatenokai, a private militia dedicated to the Emperor that Mishima founded two years earlier. After seizing control of the commandant’s office, Mishima delivered a speech from the balcony in an unsuccessful attempt to inspire a coup d’etat for constitutional reform. He then returned to the office, where he committed suicide through the ritual of seppuku (self-disembowelment), which he had been preparing for over a year.
The film will explore the end of Mishima’s life, starting with the formation of the Tatenokai – the youths (“wakamonotachi”) referred to in the film’s title.
Wakamatsu has apparently been planning this project for more than 10 years. For the role of Mishima, he selected ARATA, who previously appeared in Wakamatsu’s “Caterpillar” and “United Red Army.” Terajima Shinobu (38), the lead actress of “Caterpillar,” has been cast as Mishima’s wife.
Wakamatsu aims to release the film in spring 2012.