The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea

  • 1976
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

The Japanese author of the book used as the basis for this very English movie was a unique person. He was profiled in a movie in 1985 that only told part of the story of his complex personality. Six years before this film was released, Yukio Mishima, who was about the size of a tall dwarf, was leading a right-wing coup attempt in Japan, and, when his pleas...read more

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The Japanese author of the book used as the basis for this very English movie was a unique person. He was profiled in a movie in 1985 that only told part of the story of his complex personality. Six years before this film was released, Yukio Mishima, who was about the size of a tall dwarf,

was leading a right-wing coup attempt in Japan, and, when his pleas failed, he punished everyone by disemboweling himself in front of witnesses, then had his head cut off by one of his trusted aides who then bared his neck and had his head separated from his body. That is strict. You can guess

from the way in which Mishima chose to die that he was not a writer of light or breezy material. This most Japanese story loses nearly everything in the Western translation by director-writer Carlino, and, like many Japanese films, it is excruciatingly slow. Miles is a sex-starved widow with a

weird son, Kahn. They live in Dartmouth, England, where Kahn pals around with some boys left over from BLESS THE BEASTS AND CHILDREN or LORD OF THE FLIES. Kristofferson is a sailor who has been at sea so long that the sound of a voice higher than a baritone is almost orgasmic. The two meet, and

their sexual scenes are as explicit as you will ever see outside the local porno movie house. Once that's out of the way, Kahn takes a liking to Kristofferson, and the fact that he is a sailor represents something important in the twisted youth's mind. Once Kahn learns that the sailor has chosen

to stay on land to marry Miles, he gathers his compatriots around him, and they attempt to kill and castrate Kristofferson in order to bring him back to his state of grace. It's all very Asian, and the words don't work in the mouths of Caucasians.

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  • Released: 1976
  • Rating: R
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