Pioner Cinema » Death of a Tea Master
  • Drama
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  • 1989
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  • 107 min.
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  • Japan
  • director: Kei Kumai
  • cast: Eiji Okuda, Toshiro Mifune, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Go Kato, Shinsuke Ashida
  • language: Japanese with Russian subtitles
  • restrictions: 16+

The screening will take place on Monday, 12 October, as part of the programme “Pushkinsky / Pioner: Screen Exhibitions.” Entrance to the screening is free of charge with advance registration through TimePad.

Reception — 21.00. Screening — 21.30.

The film “Death of a Tea Master” was created immediately prior to the 400th anniversary of the death of Sen no Rikyū (1522–1591). It tells the story of the last years in the life of the remarkable master of the tea ceremonies of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. 27 years after Rikyū’s death, his favorite student, the monk Hongakubo, continued to pray that his teacher’s soul would be at peace. He remembers meetings and meditations with his master, and tries to understand the reason for his death and of what consisted the “code of honour” by which the Master lived. Why did so many try to imitate his ways and his demise? The film was awarded the Silver Lion at the 1989 Venice International Film Festival.

Photograph from the film “Death of a Tea Master,” © KADOKAWA 1989.


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