I was first inspired to read Yukio Mishima's Forbidden Colors (1951) when I found out that Paul Schrader intended to use the novel in his biographical film on Mishima's life and work, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. I suspect that he wanted to use this book since it outlines the double life Mishima was leading as gay man married with children as well as introducing several themes that would be seen in his other literary works in the future. However, his widow would not allow Schrader and his production team to use the book in the film, so they were reduced to using a novel, Kyoko's House, as a replacement since it also had some of Mishima's themes about beauty and ugliness, life and death, but was essentially missing the double life and homosexuality of the former as well as the themes of youth and aging. A beautiful, callow youth, Yuichi, is employed to take revenge against two former loves of an aging author, Shunsuke. Yuichi marries and fathers a child all the while living a decadent life of a closeted homosexual with countless couplings and affairs under his belt, but also succumbs to seducing Shunsuke'S former lovers in order to allow him to extract revenge for spurning him-displaying an unambivalent misogyny in the process. The Yuichi characters seems to be a stand in for the author, I wonder is Shunsuke is base don Mishima's mentor Yasunari Kawabata? Perhaps more research is needed. It is not a happy novel-it is an angry novel and is more interesting to me in what it says about Mishima the man than what it accomplishes in its artistic merit.