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Program Title: Rikyu
EASC Code: JR-12
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Region/Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Chinese
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Media Type: DVD
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
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Release Date: 1989
Running Time: 135 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: Late in the 16th centruy, an aging Buddhist priest teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warload. Rikyu, on the contrary, through the tea ceremony and floral arrangements tempers his lord, helping Hideyoshi focus on a single flower or the shape of a cup. But when the Portugese bring guns to Japan, Hideyoshi believes that he can conquer the world. When Rikyu raises doubts about invading China, Hideyoshi demands Rikyu to commit hara-kiri.
Data Entry Date: 9/5/2005