Wellington Sakai Association is excited to sponsor the opening night of the Wellington Japan Film Festival with a showing of 'Ask this of Rikyu' about the later years of Sen no Rikyū (千利休, 1522 – April 21, 1591), also known simply as Rikyū, who is considered the historical figure with the most profound influence on chanoyu, the Japanese "Way of Tea". While Rikyu is known to many, you may not know that he was born in Wellington's sister-city of Sakai.
Ask This of Rikyu (利休にたずねよ, Rikyu ni tazune yo) (rated M) was made in 2013 by Mitsutoshi Tanaka, starring kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizō XI, Rei Dan, Akira Emoto, and Seiji Fukushi. It is based on a novel by Kenichi Yamamoto.
Tickets are FREE and available via Eventfinder so get in quick! Seats are unallocated so you probably want to get there early on the night too. Tea ceremony demonstrations will be taking place in Paramount Theatre foyer ahead of the movie screening.