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Sen-no Rikyu (Rentaro Mikuni), a Buddhist priest, brought the art of the tea ceremony (often said to embody the essence of Japanese culture) to perfection four centuries ago. Living is one of the most turbulent moments in Japanese history, Rikyu gained unexpected political influence as the confidant and cultural mentor to the powerful warlord, Hideyoshi Toyotomi (Tsutomu Yamazaki). Rikyu's relationship with Hideyoshi is a story that has taken on epic proportions in Japanese cultural history. The film illustrates the classic struggle between art and politics, and between the impulse to create and the impulse to destroy. Like England's Thomas Beckett and Sir Thomas More, Rikyu was a spiritual mentor whose integrity eventually offended his powerful master, who demanded his death. Rikyu plays like a Japanese version of Beckett or A man for All Seasons.
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I first watched this DVD before noting the transfer quality discussion.
I am a subscriber to the wabi-sabi school of thought for this DVD.
This is a classic film made even more beautiful, profound, and compelling, I believe, by the transfer quality.
I also give this DVD a 5 star rating as I believe this is a must have for fans of Rentaro Mikuni.
His performances in Rikyu, Hara Kiri* and The Burmese Harp**
alone make him one of the classic
film "stars" of world cinema.
My Two Cents say: Buy this DVD for the 8 Bucks and be assured of an inspiring experience.
*His performance and significance in Hara Kiri is often overlooked/overshadowed
by the focus of commentary on Nakadai Tatsuya in that film.
**(and, no, he does not play the nominal lead character: Private Mizushima, as is often mistakenly mentioned in Burmese Harp reviews)
Gorgeous film. Takemitsu's score, blending Eastern and Western elements, is exceptional (the combination of sho and portative organ creates a single, morphing sound).
The DVD transfer is HORRID.