Films: Rikyu

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  • Sunday, November 06, 6:45 PM
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Japan, 1989, 135 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Asian, Classic, Japan
Programs: Contemporary World Cinema, Focus on Japanese Cinema, Art, & Culture
Language: Japanese English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Producer: Yoshisuke Mae, Hiroshi Morie
Editor: Toshio Taniguchi
Screenwriter: Hiroshi Teshigahara, Genpei Akasegawa
Cinematographer: Fujio Morita
Principal Cast: Rentarô Mikuni, Yoshiko Mita, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kyôko Kishida, Tanie Kitabayashi

A shogun wants to learn the tea ceremony. He’s a warrior, a man of politics and ambition—and for him, the tea ceremony is just one more thing to conquer. Unfortunately for the shogun, though, the performance demands a whole new set of skills. It involves symmetry, balance, patience, and a sense of time and timing vastly different from all the general quite literally brings to the table.

Director Hiroshi Teshigahara came to filmmaking as the son of the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). At university, he studied painting and music. He became internationally renowned for his 1964 film Woman in the Dunes, also a film about patience and endurance—but afterward, Teshigahara did not make another feature film for 25 years. Until, that is, the elegant Rikyu.

Rikyu will be preceded by a thirty-minute presentation on Teshigahara, flower arrangement, and filmmaking by Ronald Otsuka, the Dr. Joseph de Heer Curator of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum. After the film, Otsuka and Howie Movshovitz of the University of Colorado–Denver’s College of Arts & Media will lead a conversation about Rikyu and Japanese art.

Sponsored by Asian Art Coordinating Council, Consulate General of Japan at Denver, The Japan Foundation, University of Colorado–Denver's College of Arts & Media

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