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Rikyu (1989)

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


Genpei Akasegawa, Yaeko Nogami (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rentarô Mikuni ... Rikyu
Yoshiko Mita ... Riki, his wife
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Hideyoshi Toyotomi
Kyôko Kishida ... His wife
Tanie Kitabayashi Tanie Kitabayashi ... His mother
Ryô Tamura Ryô Tamura ... Lord Hidenaga, his brother
Kôshirô Matsumoto Kôshirô Matsumoto ... Lord Oda
Kichiemon Nakamura ... Lord Ieyasu
Yasosuke Bando ... Mitsanari
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Geni
Keishi Arashi Keishi Arashi ... Orike, Rikyu's friend
Hisashi Igawa ... Soji
Ichirô Zaitsu Ichirô Zaitsu ... Abbott Kokei
Hideo Kanze ... Rikyu's brother in law
Masao Imafuku ... Ceramist


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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what a dump
18 July 2002 | by VANCELEESee all my reviews

i remember seeing "woman of the dunes" and pleasantly enjoyed it, this movie probably made in the director's waning years felt like drinking soapy water. it probably has some similarity with kubrick's earlier work and "eyes wide shut", altho eyes wide shut was still a decent movie.

i read that there was some comparisons with "a man for all seasons" but here the drama is so watered down that i was getting very angry. the characters are not developed, and i really didnt learn anything. if i had to watch it again it would take me at least ten expressos.

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Japanese | Portuguese

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18 January 1991 (USA) See more »

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Rikyu - teemestari See more »

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