In 1966 Mishima directed and starred in the film "Patriotism," based on his short story of the same name.

Both film and story focus--in morbidly riveting detail--on a young Japanese military officer and his devoted wife as they prepare for and commit the ritual suicide known as seppuku. Mishima was increasingly drawn to the militaristic samurai past of Japan as an antidote to what he saw as the materialism of the modern world.

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Although married, Mishima patronized gay bars in the Ginza district of Tokyo.

He despised effeminate men, and was what the Japanese call "a bearer of two swords," meaning he kept the company of both men and women, though he preferred men.

From adolescence on he was possessed by violent, macabre and sado-masochistic fantasies, playing out imagery of murder for entertainment, cannibalism and homosexuality, masturbating for the first time over a picture of a bleeding martyred saint.

When World War II began, he tried to join the army but failed to qualify, and instead spent the war working in a factory in Tokyo and writing.

Other novels followed, including "Forbidden Colors," 1953, "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion," 1959 and "Sun and Steel," 1968.

Mishima also wrote numerous plays, including the famous "Madame de Sade" as well as works for the Kabuki Theater and modern Noh drama.

In accordance with tradition, one of his disciples - Morita, who was said to be Mishima's lover - decapitated his master with his sword.

Link to Wikipedia biography Sy Scholfield quotes his birth date and place from various biographies and his Official Museum Website [1]. 5) "On the morning of January 4, 1925, my mother was attacked by labor pains.

After Japan's defeat, he studied law at the University of Tokyo, graduating in 1947.