Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (soundtrack)

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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
Philip Glass - Mishima.jpg
Soundtrack album by Kronos Quartet, Michael Riesman
Released 1985
Genre Classical
Label Nonesuch Records
Producer Kurt Munkacsi

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters is the soundtrack to the 1985 film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. It features music written by Philip Glass and performed by, among others, Kronos Quartet. Sections from the soundtrack have been featured in other films and TV shows, including the piece 'Mishima / Opening', which was used to score the end credits of Peter Weir's 1998 film The Truman Show in addition to an appearance on an episode of Mr. Robot.

Paralleling the three different visual styles of the film, Glass uses different ensembles: The black-and-white biographical flashbacks are accompanied by a string quartet, whereas the realistic footage from Mishima's last day is accompanied by a string orchestra and percussion, and the stylized scenes from his novels with a large symphonic orchestra.[1]

It was produced by Kurt Munkacsi and distributed by WEA through the Elektra Records subsidiary label Nonesuch Records.[2]


All music composed by Philip Glass.

No. Title Length
1. "Mishima / Opening"   2:46
2. "November 25: Morning"   4:08
3. "1934: Grandmother & Kimitake"   3:37
4. "Temple Of The Golden Pavilion (Like Some Enormous Music)"   3:06
5. "Osamu's Theme: Kyoko's House"   2:58
6. "1937: Saint Sebastian"   1:05
7. "Kyoko's House (Stage Blood Is Not Enough)"   5:00
8. "November 25: Ichigaya"   2:11
9. "1957: Award Montage"   3:56
10. "Runaway Horses (Poetry Written With A Splash Of Blood)"   9:09
11. "1962: Body Building"   1:29
12. "November 25: The Last Day"   1:30
13. "F-104: Epilogue From Sun And Steel"   1:59
14. "Mishima / Closing"   2:57


  • Michael Riesman – Conductor
  • The Kronos Quartet – String Quartets
  • Don Christensen – Assistant Recording Engineer
  • Dan Dryden – Recording Engineer
  • Kurt Munkacsi – Producer


  1. ^ information about Glass's String Quartets on philipglass.com
  2. ^ "Philip Glass, Mishima". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 

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