- Released: October 25, 1990
- Label: Nonesuch
Mojo (Publisher) - 6/02, p.67
Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks" - "...Glass's minimalist gamelan drama..."
- 1.Mishima / Opening
- 2.November 25: Morning
- 3.1934: Grandmother & Kimitake
- 4.Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Like Some Enormous Music)
- 5.Osamu's Theme: Kyoko's House
- 6.1937: Saint Sebastian
- 7.Kyoko's House (Stage Blood Is Not Enough)
- 8.November 25: Ichigaya
- 9.1957: Award Montage
- 10.Runaway Horses (Poetry Written With a Splash of Blood)
- 11.1962: Body Building
- 12.November 25: The Last Day
- 13.F-104: Epilogue From Sun and Steel
- 14.Mishima / Closing
All music written by Philip Glass.
Composer: Philip Glass.
Personnel: Philip Glass (keyboards); Harrington, Kronos Quartet, Hank Dutt, David Harrington, Joan Jeanrenaud, John Sherba (strings).
Audio Remixers: Dan Dryden; Kurt Munkasci; Michael Riesman.
Liner Note Author: Paul Schrader.
Recording information: Greene St. Studios, New York, NY; Living Room, Inc., New York, NY.
Director: Paul Schrader.
Photographers: John Bailey ; Sukita.
Philip Glass' soundtrack to Paul Schrader's retelling of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima is one of his strongest early scores, one that retains his essential "Glass-ness," but begins to bring in elements of narrative, creating distinct sounds for each of the sections of Schrader's non-linear storytelling structure. So for Mishima's final day -- when he tried to stage a military coup and ended up committing suicide -- Glass creates tense, suspenseful music with dashes of military drumming. For the sections retelling Mishima's short story Kyoko's House, he recasts his main theme into a composition for '50s-style surf-rock ensemble -- bizarre stuff, indeed. This is stirring, potent music that never once condescends to throw in some sort of Japanese instrument. As a side note, the ever-adept Kronos Quartet handle much of the string sections of this album. ~ Ted Mills