Here is a teaser for the movie Katen no Shiro which is about the construction of Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga's (1534-82) grand and magnificent Azuchi castle. Apparently this movie was released on September 12th. Has anybody seen it?
From the teaser, it looks pretty amazing. I wish I could see it but I would need English subtitles. Who knows when that would happen. The well-known actor Toshiyuki Nishida plays a lead role in the film. Anybody familiar with Japanese television will recognize him. The movie website is here.
Azuchi castle was built by Nobunaga to be a symbol throughout Japan of his growing power. Azuchi was not the typical rugged and foreboding castle of the time but was built lavishly to impress. The castle was located near Kyoto and took three years and thousands of laborers and artists to build. It was completed in 1579 as Nobunaga was nearing the height of his power and with national hegemony within his sights. Unfortunately the castle was destroyed only three years later in 1582 by Nobunaga's assassin Akechi Mitsuhide (or possibly was burned by looting townspeople or another theory that it was burned by one of Nobunaga's sons).