|RIKYU (1990) - UNCUT and REMASTERED
Rikyu - Acclaimed director Hiroshi Teshigahara helms this elegant historical drama about tea master Sen no Rikyu (1522 - 1591).
Rikyu (played by Rentaro Mikuni) not only perfected the art of the tea ceremony, but he was one of the primary arbiters of taste during his age. Toyotomi Hideyoshi thought of the tea ceremony not as an art but as a show of refinement and power. In 1587 he held a ten-day tea-drinking orgy in Kyoto and Osaka. Hideyoshi chose Rikyu to oversee it and soon the violent leader and the reserved master were engaged in a thinly veiled clash of wills.
However, when Hideyoshi declares his intention to invade China as a step towards his overreaching quest to create a Japanese empire in the Pacific, Rikyu's tempering influence over his impulsive student is tested and the potentate demands an apology..... SEPPUKU!
WINNER JAPANESE ACADEMY AWARDS: BEST ACTOR - BEST ART DIRECTION and BEST MUSIC SCORE
Stars: Rentaro Mikuni, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Hisashi Igawa
1990 - JAPANESE with OPTIONAL ENGLISH SUBTITLES - COLOR - WIDESCREEN LETTERBOX - 135 MINUTES
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