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December 14, 2022
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7:00 pm
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In-Person Screening

Wednesday, December 14 at 7 pm

This screening is co-presented with Chanoyu Week NYC to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Rikyu’s birth.

Imported 35mm Print! The penultimate feature from New Wave firebrand Hiroshi Teshigahara, Rikyu is a resplendent and meditative film of ritual, tradition and ceremony—dedicated to the life of 16th-century tea master Sen no Rikyu, whose influence and impact on chanoyu redefined the art of tea ceremony. Chronicling Rikyu’s late years, Teshigahara’s biographical picture finds the monk serving as the personal tea master and close confidant of daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi, an impetuous lord set on unifying Japan and expanding into Korea and China. Steeped in aestheticism and exhibiting Teshigahara’s great reverence for the master—Teshigahara himself practiced and taught the art of ikebanaRikyu finds the exalted figure struggling to devote himself to a practice outside of politics as the ceremony becomes a tool for diplomacy, power and influence. 35mm print courtesy of the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute.

Dir. Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1989, 120 min, 35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles. With Rentaro Mikuni, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Yoshiko Mita.

$15 General Admission / $5 Members
$12 Seniors and Students
$10 Person with Disability

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Image: Rikyu © 1989 Shochiku Co., Ltd

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Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and Shiseido Americas. Film programs are generously supported by ORIX Corporation USA, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and endowment support from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Endowment Fund. Additional season support is provided by The Globus Family, David Toberisky, Akiko Koide and Shohei Koide, Geoff and Fumi Matters, Laurel Gonsalves, and David S. Howe. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor of Japan Society Film.