Movies like Rikyu

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Rikyu (1989)
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Rikyu (1989)
Original name: 利休
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: 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.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized, jidai geki, contemplative
Plot: samurai, painter, medieval, tea, tradition, war, heroes, military, politics, battles, rise to the top, society, ambition, clergy, political unrest, state affairs, art, japanese culture, japanese history, warlord
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, china, asia, korea

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
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