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Ask This of Rikyu (Blu-ray) (Collector's Edition) (Japan Version) Blu-ray Region A

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Fittingly for a film that has so much to do with the idea of beauty, Ask This of Rikyu won the Best Artistic Contribution award at the 2013 Montreal International Film Festival. Directed by Tanaka Mitsutoshi (Castle Under Fiery Skies), the film is based on the Naoki Prize-winning novel by Yamamoto Kenichi and boasts a cast that includes Ichikawa Ebizo (Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai), Nakatani Miki (The Kiyosu Conference) and Omori Nao (Ichi the Killer).

Sen no Rikyu is considered one of the most important historical figures in Japan due to the fact that he mastered the beauty of the tea ceremony. Rikyu served as tea master for warlord Oda Nobunaga and continued to serve in the post under Oda's successor, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Toyotomi and Rikyu became very close, to the point that Toyotomi essentially gave Rikyu the power to define the tea ceremony. One day, however, Toyotomi ordered Rikyu to commit seppuku. Ask This of Rikyu explores Rikyu's background and why this happened.

In the film, after Rikyu (Ichikawa Ebizo) has been ordered to commit seppuku by Toyotomi (Omori Nao), his wife Son (Nakatani Miki) says something that causes Rikyu to recall the experiences and, in particular, a secret that led to his understanding of beauty. The film also posits that Toyotomi ordered Rikyu to commit seppuku because he was threatened by him, and explores how a simple tea master could have inspired such jealousy from a ruler.

This edition contains bonus footage including the making of and clips from the Montreal International Film Festival.

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Product Title: Ask This of Rikyu (Blu-ray) (Collector's Edition) (Japan Version) 利休之死 Collector's Edition (Blu-ray) (日本版) 利休之死 Collector's Edition (Blu-ray) (日本版) 利休にたずねよ 【Blu-ray Disc】 Ask This of Rikyu (Blu-ray) (Collector's Edition) (Japan Version)
Also known as: Rikyu ni Tazuneyo 一代茶聖千利休 一代茶圣千利休 Rikyu ni Tazuneyo Rikyu ni Tazuneyo
Artist Name(s): Iwashiro Taro | Tanaka Mitsutoshi | Ichikawa Ebizo | Nakatani Miki | Omori Nao | Kurotani Tomoka | Otani Naoko | Hakamada Yoshihiko | Fukushi Seiji | Narumi Riko | Kawano Naoki | Emoto Akira | Ibu Masato | Dan Rei 岩代太郎 | 田中光敏 | 市川海老蔵 | 中谷美紀 | 大森南朋 | 黑谷友香 | Otani Naoko | 袴田吉彥 | 福士誠治 | 成海璃子 | 川野直輝 | 柄本明 | 伊武雅刀 | 檀麗 岩代太郎 | 田中光敏 | Ichikawa Ebizo | 中谷美纪 | 大森南朋 | 黑谷友香 | Otani Naoko | 袴田吉彦 | 福士诚治 | 成海璃子 | 川野直辉 | 柄本明 | 伊武雅刀 | 檀丽 岩代太郎 | 田中光敏 | 市川海老蔵 | 山本兼一 | 中谷美紀 | 大森南朋 | 黒谷友香 | 大谷直子 | 袴田吉彦 | 福士誠治 | 成海璃子 | 川野直輝 | エモトアキラ | 伊武雅刀 | 市川團十郎 | 檀れい Iwashiro Taro | Tanaka Mitsutoshi | Ichikawa Ebizo | Nakatani Miki | Omori Nao | Kurotani Tomoka | Otani Naoko | Hakamada Yoshihiko | Fukushi Seiji | Narumi Riko | Kawano Naoki | Emoto Akira | Ibu Masato | Dan Rei
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2014-06-13
Publisher Product Code: KIXF-210
Language: Japanese
Country of Origin: Japan
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Publisher: King Records
Other Information: Blu-ray Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1035362391

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第37回モントリオール世界映画祭 最優秀芸術貢献賞受賞。第37回日本アカデミー賞最有力! 主要9部門ノミネート! 市川海老蔵主演の歴史超大作!! 利休の茶は、若き日の恋から始まった。原作は、確かな時代考証に基づく斬新な切り口で、希代の茶人の出発点を浮き彫りにした、山本兼一の「利休にたずねよ」。もはや歴史小説の枠を超え、第140回直木賞を受賞した傑作が今、長編映画として新たな生命を宿した。海外では、日本の美を体現する映画として大きな注目を集め、第37回モントリオール世界映画祭、最優秀芸術貢献賞を受賞。主人公・千利休を演じるのは市川海老蔵。利休を見守り、寄り添う妻・宗恩には中谷美紀。利休に惚れ込む戦国の覇者・織田信長に伊勢谷友介。利休への愛憎をあらわにする天下人・豊臣秀吉に大森南朋。そして利休の師・武野紹鴎を市川團十郎が演じる。"人間・利休"が遺した謎と、生涯にわたり秘め続けた恋。今まで全く見たことのない斬新な利休像が誕生した。 ――雷鳴がとどろく雨嵐の早朝。茶人・千利休は、自らの腹に刃を立てようとしていた。その絶対的な審美眼から、かつては戦国の覇者・織田信長に重用され、のちに天下人となった豊臣秀吉のもと"天下一宗匠"として名を馳せながらも、秀吉の怒りを買い、死に向かう利休。そんな夫に対して妻・宗恩がたずねる。「あなた様にはずっと想い人がいらっしゃたのでは・・・」この言葉が、利休の胸中に秘められた、遠い時代の記憶を蘇らせていく・・・。

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市川海老蔵 / 中谷美紀 / 市川團十郎 / 田中光敏 (監督) / 山本兼一 (原作) / 岩代太郎 (音楽)


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