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Japanese Film Festival 2017 - Ask This of Rikyu


Thu 14 Sep 2017, 6:30pm–8:45pm opening night

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: M

Proudly presented by the Embassy of Japan in New Zealand and the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Film Festival is coming to Wellington once again! Due to the festival’s popularity, it will again take place at Paramount Cinema, with plenty of space for the whole family!

In order to attend, please print out or download your free tickets from Eventfinda, and bring them along for entry to the theatre from 6 pm. All movies are preceded by a short documentary about Japanese culture, starting 10 minutes prior to the film’s screening. Seating is not allocated, so come early to secure your favourite spot!

Tickets will be available until 2 hours before the start of the film. After this, you will not be able to register online, but door entry will be available from 6:20 pm if there is space in the theatre.

The Japanese Film Festival 2017 offers entertainment with a mixture of drama, action and comedy that will inspire and engage those seeking to broaden their cultural horizons. All movies are free admission, so spread the word and bring along your friends and family! Please register and print or download your free tickets by using Eventfinda’s registration system!

Title: Ask This of Rikyu
Director: Mitsutoshi Tanaka
Released: 2013
Running Time: 123 Min
Rated: M

A historical tapestry based on the Naoki Prize-winning novel by Yamamoto Kenichi. It retraces the life of Sen no Rikyu (1522-1591), who perfected the tea ceremony in the Azuchi Momoyama period and sacrificed himself for his aesthetic sense. It's dignified and distinctly Japanese visual tableau was recognised at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival where it won the Best Artistic Contribution Award.

In 1591, tea ceremony practitioner Rikyu (Ebizo Ichikawa) falls foul of his former patron Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Nao Omori), who orders him to commit ritual suicide despite lacking the status of a samurai. On the night of his imminent death, he is asked if he ever engaged in a romantic tryst unknown to his wife So-on (Miki Nakatani), and begins to search through his oldest memories.

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