We Make Antiques!

105 mins.
Directed by Masaharue Take
Japanese with subtitles

Co-sponsored by the History of Art and Architecture Department, UMass Amherst, and the East Asian Languages and Cultures Program, UMass Amherst.

Film to be followed by a conversation with Professor Christine I. Ho (History of Art, UMass Amherst) and Professor Reiko Sono (East Asian Languages, UMass Amherst).

Dubious antique dealer Norio finds a priceless tea bowl which once belonged to the famous 16th century tea master Sen no Rikyo among the musty contents of a rich family’s storehouse. He deceives Sasuke, the homeowner, to get it for next to nothing. However, Sasuke is merely the house-sitter and has fabricated the tea cup himself.

When Norio learns Sasuke was once a gifted potter whose career was derailed by a famous TV antiques appraiser, the same man who damaged Norio’s own reputation, they decide to settle the score and scam the appraiser. Their scheme is the gamble of a lifetime involving their wives, children and life savings. What could possibly go wrong…?

Upon the 50th anniversary of the Master of Arts degree in art history, UMass Amherst’s History of Art and Architecture is proud to present two films featuring artists in Japan and Turkey, reflecting the vibrant diversity and global reach of the Department's faculty and curriculum. See also WAITING FOR HEAVEN, screening October 28.