RIKYU NI TAZUNEYO / ASK THIS OF RIKYU
2012, Colour, Japan, World Competition (full length movies)
Original language : Japonais
Ebizo Ichikawa, Miki Nakatani, Yusuke Iseya, Nao Omori
Film production and Sales :
Oji Morita, Kazutaka Fukushima, Hidetomo Sugaya, Naruhiko Yanagisako, 2013 As This of Rikyu Production Committee / Toei Company Ltd., 2-17-3-chome, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8108 (Japon), tél.: (+81-03) 3535 76 21, fax: (+81-03) 3535 76 22,
As thunder crashes and rain pours down, 3000 soldiers surround the home of tea master Rikyu. Chancellor Toyotomi Hideyoshi has ordered him to commit suicide. As he sits and contemplates his death, his wife So-on speaks to him: "There is one who is always in your thoughts." Old memories are revived... Son of a fish shop owner Tanaka Yoshiro studied the Japanese tea ceremony and became one of the great influences on its traditions. An exponent of the "wabi" style of ceremony, which eschewed expensive accoutrements in favour of rustic simplicity,Tanaka, now going by the name of "Soeki", came to the attention of Oda Nobunaga who appointed him tea master. When Oda died and power passed to Hideyoshi, Soeki continued in his role as "emperor of tea" and was ennobled with the name of "Rikyu" so that he could enter the palace as Hideyoshi's assistant. But Hideyoshi is a jealous and paranoid ruler and he purges his closest confidants. The final object of Hideyoshi's obsession is connected with Rikyu's youth...
Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1958, Mitsutoshi Tanaka graduated from Osaka University of Arts before joining Dentsu Tec and making commercials for television. In 1984 he established the Creators' Union company and continued producing and directing award-winning commercials. In 2001 he made his directorial debut in theatrical features with KEWAISHI and subsequently directed two more features, SHORO NAGASHI in 2003 and CASTLE UNDER FIERY SKIES in 2009.
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