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This docudrama by Kon Ichikawa is based on a real-life incident that took place in 1950. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (also the title of a novel on the subject by Yukio Mishima) rests in the northern hills of Kyoto. The original pavilion was a villa constructed by the Shogun Yoshimitsu (1358-1409) as a place for leisurely relaxation. After he died, the gold-leafed building was given over for religious use as a temple. As this drama relates, a stuttering temple acolyte who loved the building and all the sacred meaning it held, burnt it to the ground. The crazed young man (played by Raizo… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This dignified, purposeful film is often touching as a case history of doomed innocense at bay. But its coils of compromise and corruption are even more credible and haunting."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Brilliant in detailing the events which lead up to this youth's final experience."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The director's favourite among his own films."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A devastating critique of postwar Japanese society; it signaled Ichikawa's emergence as a mature director."
‑ Elliott Stein, Village Voice
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