Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer

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Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer
Directed by Yōjirō Takita
Written by Masato Katō
Yōjirō Takita
Based on Tenchi Meisatsu
by Tow Ubukata
Narrated by Hiroyuki Sanada
Music by Joe Hisaishi
Release date
  • 15 September 2012 (2012-09-15)
Running time
141 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer (天地明察, Tenchi Meisatsu) is a 2012 Japanese film directed by Yōjirō Takita.



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


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 it was "probably the best film about calendar making you’ll ever see."[3] Geek of Oz called it "a well executed period piece."[4]

Variety was more critical, stating that Tenchi would only appeal to "science geeks."[5]


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External links

  • Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer on IMDb
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