- Release Date
- June, 3rd, 1962
- Running Time
- 102 min
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[ Story ]
Rikyu Sen is a renowned 16th Century tea master in the service of the powerful warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi.
Rikyu's stepdaughter Gin loves Ukon Takayama, a Christian lord, who is already married. When her father Rikyu returns from Kyushu, Gin hears that Mitsunari Ishida, a scheming warrior high in Hideyoshi's favor, has urged that she marry Mozuya, a wealthy wholesale merchant. Gin is not interested at first but Ukon treats her coldly, and she marries Mozuya.
When an edict banning Christianity is issued, Ukon goes into hiding.
In 1590, Hideyoshi, who has now become Regent, holds a grand New Year's reception at which Rikyu conducts the tea ceremony. Hideyoshi is greatly struck by her beauty and noticing this, Ishida and Mozuya conspire to trap Ukon and to sacrifice Gin to Hideyoshi in order to expand their own influence.
By using false letters, they lure Ukon and Gin to a temple but the priest helps them escape. While taking refuge at a tea house, Ukon, whose wife has died, now confesses that he loves Gin. The next morning as Ukon leaves for Kaga, Gin promises to rejoin him there.
Gin is commanded to appear before Hideyoshi and when she resists his advances he threatens to kill Rikyu.
The tea master determines to send Gin to Kaga to rejoin Ukon, but, as she is about to leave, the house is surrounded. After writing a farewell poem, Gin chooses death as the only alternative.
【Quoted from Unijapan Film Quarterly 1962 5.4】
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