Patriotism (also called "The Rite of Love and Death") is a 27-minute silent film directed by Yukio Mishima, the subject of Paul Schrader's film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (re-released by Criterion on the same day). The film was shot in secret and screened in France in attempt to raise Mishima's profile in Europe as he believed he was in the running for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The film, shot four years prior to Mishima's suicide by seppuku (self-inflicted disembowelment followed by beheading) eerily features himself in the lead role as a general whose men are unable to incite a coup and decides to commit harakiri (self-inflicted stab wound to the stomach). His shy, but beautiful and besotted wife pledges her devotion to him and agrees to also commit harakiri.
Click here to read my review of Patriotism.