Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
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- [At the movie's ending, speaking to the soldiers] The closed cockpit and outer were like the spirit and body of the same being.
Here I saw the outcome in this stillness was a beauty beyond words. No more body or spirit, pen or sword, male or female. Then I saw a giant circle coiled around the earth, a ring that resolved all contradictions, a ring vaster than death, more fragrant than any scent I have ever known. Here was the moment I had always been seeking. (Mishima)
- [At the movie's ending, after the seppuku. Last quote of the movie.] The instant the blade tore open his flesh, the bright disk of the sun soared up behind his eyelids
and exploded, lighting the sky for an instant. (Mishima)