Legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu is faced with his warmongering lord's unrealistic pretensions.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Rikyu
Yoshiko Mita ...
Riki, his wife
Tsutomu Yamazaki ...
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His wife
Tanie Kitabayashi ...
His mother
Ryô Tamura ...
Lord Hidenaga, his brother
Kôshirô Matsumoto ...
Lord Oda
Kichiemon Nakamura ...
Yasosuke Bando ...
Mitsanari
Akira Kubo ...
Geni
Keishi Arashi ...
Orike, Rikyu's friend
Hisashi Igawa ...
Soji
Ichirô Zaitsu ...
Abbott Kokei
Hideo Kanze ...
Rikyu's brother in law
Masao Imafuku ...
Ceramist
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Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and floral arrangements, tempers his lord, helping Hideyoshi focus on a single flower or be in a simple room where the shape of a cup is of most importance. But other forces fuel Hideyoshi's ambitions: the Portuguese bring a globe and guns, and he believes he can conquer Korea and China. When Rikyu raises doubts about invading China, Hideyoshi demands an apology, and Rikyu himself must find courage in the way of tea. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Great film....Lousy DVD
11 January 2004 | by (Chapel Hill, NC, USA) – See all my reviews



Without knowing much of the history, I found this to be very absorbing - slow tempo or not - and Teshigahara's understated style is perfect. The performances (especially the title character) are top-notch, and the heavily detailed sets are stunning.

That noted, the DVD available in the US is one of the worst I've ever seen - the pan-and-scan, along with butchering Teshigahara's marvelous compositions, also renders the subtitles unintelligible in spots, and they disappear in brightly lit scenes. The DVD picture quality is grainy, washed-out and blurry, and several weird cuts (especially the scene in which Stefano leaves) betray a transfer from a hastily (or sloppily) edited source. The film is great enough that I'd encourage a viewing, but beware that (if you watch the DVD) that the quality will be atrocious.


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