GenreDrama Music directorJoe Hisaishi CountryJapan
Release date15 September 2012 (2012-09-15) Based onTenchi Meisatsu
by Tow Ubukata WriterTow Ubukata (based on the novel by), Yojiro Takita (screenplay), Masato Kato CastAoi Miyazaki (En Murase), Jun'ichi Okada (Santetsu Yasui), Kiichi Nakai (Mitsukuni Mito), Ryuta Sato (Gieki Murase), Takashi Sasano (Dennai Tatsube) Similar moviesJ. Edgar, Malcolm X, My Week with Marilyn, The Life of Emile Zola, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Nixon
In the early 17th century, Santetsu Yasui was a successful go player who often performed demonstrations for the Shogun.
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.
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
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.
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". The Japan Times said that the film was "probably the best film about calendar making youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll ever see." Geek of Geek called it "a well executed period piece".
Variety was more critical, stating that the film would only appeal to "sci-fi geeks".