Without knowing much of the history, I found this to be very absorbing - slow tempo or not - and Teshigahara's understated style is perfect. The performances (especially the title character) are top-notch, and the heavily detailed sets are stunning.
That noted, the DVD available in the US is one of the worst I've ever seen - the pan-and-scan, along with butchering Teshigahara's marvelous compositions, also renders the subtitles unintelligible in spots, and they disappear in brightly lit scenes. The DVD picture quality is grainy, washed-out and blurry, and several weird cuts (especially the scene in which Stefano leaves) betray a transfer from a hastily (or sloppily) edited source. The film is great enough that I'd encourage a viewing, but beware that (if you watch the DVD) that the quality will be atrocious.
Drama / History
Drama / History
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.
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
April 12, 2021 at 08:23 AM