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Director  Yojiro Takita
Story by  Tow Ubukata
Duration  
Language  Japanese
7.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Music director  Joe Hisaishi
Country  Japan
Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer movie poster
Release date  15 September 2012 (2012-09-15)
Based on  Tenchi Meisatsu  by Tow Ubukata
Writer  Tow Ubukata (based on the novel by), Yojiro Takita (screenplay), Masato Kato
Cast  Aoi Miyazaki (En Murase), Jun'ichi Okada (Santetsu Yasui), Kiichi Nakai (Mitsukuni Mito), Ryuta Sato (Gieki Murase), Takashi Sasano (Dennai Tatsube)
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In the early 17th century, Santetsu Yasui was a successful go player who often performed demonstrations for the Shogun.

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Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer (, Tenchi Meisatsu) is a 2012 Japanese film directed by Yojiro Takita.

A chronicle of the life of Yasui Santetsu, a 17th century master of go who turned his attention to astronomy and created a new calendar for Japan. Based on the life of Santetsu Yasui (December 27, 1639-November 1, 1715), appointed as the first official astronomer in the Edo Period and would go on to create the Jokyo calendar at the imperial request.

Cast

  • Junichi Okada as Yasui Santetsu
  • Aoi Miyazaki as En, Santetsus wife
  • Kiichi Nakai as Tokugawa Mitsukuni
  • Matsumoto Koshiro IX as Hoshina Masayuki
  • Shota Sometani as the fourth shogun Ietsuna
  • Takashi Sasano as Takebe Dennai
  • Ittoku Kishibe as Ito Shigetaka
  • Dai Watanabe as Ando Yueki
  • Kenichi Yajima as Hotta Masatoshi
  • Keiji Mutoh as Heisuke
  • You Yokoyama as Honinbo Dosaku
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Narrator
  • Plot

    The chronicles the life of Santetsu Yasuis life a s a mathematician and inventor of the Jokyo calendar. It is an adaptation of the novel Tenchi meisatsu by Tow Ubukata.[1]

    Reception

    The film received mostly positive reviews. Rabble was critical of the runtime and complexities of the plot, but ultimately called it a "whimsical cinematic experience".[2] The Japan Times said that the film was "probably the best film about calendar making you’ll ever see."[3] Geek of Geek called it "a well executed period piece".[4]

    Variety was more critical, stating that the film would only appeal to "sci-fi geeks".[5]

    References

    Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer Wikipedia
    Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer IMDb Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer themoviedb.org


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