Flower and Sword



Director Tetsuo Shinohara presents the first motion picture to incorporate the ancient Japanese art of ikebana flower arranging. Featured in some two hundred arrangements, this flower standing style is the oldest type of ikebana, known as the rikka. This film is based on the 2011 novel "Hana Ikusa" by Tadashi Onitsuka, and stars well-known comedic stage actor Mansai Nomura.

In imperial sixteenth-century Japan, after the death of warlord Nobunaga Oda (Kiichi Nakai), the man who once bravely attempted to unify Japan, Hideyoshi Toyotomi (Kamejiro Ichikawa) ascends to power. Although the era of war has come to an end, Hideyoshi rules with an iron fist, much to the discontent of the people. Among them, one man works with flowers to bring peace to the land.

As one of the ‘flower monks’ of Rokkakudo Temple, Senko Ikenobo (Mansai Nomura) is a master of flower arrangement, and seeks peace for the world through floral beauty. Senko grows close to another monk and politician, Rikyu, who now serves as Hideyoshi’s tea master. However, Rikyu’s rising popularity increases Hideyoshi’s paranoia, and soon Rikyu is sent to his own demise. As Senko also becomes endangered himself, he decides to give battle with flowers, not with a sword, in a final showdown with Hideyoshi.  




Mansai Nomura, Kamejiro Ichikawa, Kiichi Nakai,

Kuranosuke Sasaki, Koichi Sato                

Director: Tetsuo Shinohara    
Duration (min) :

128min, Theatrical

Version: Theatrical
Grade: PG-13

Drama, Comedy




English/ Chinese & English





Worldwide except Japan