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In 1587, Rikyu Sen, a tea master in the service of the warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi, has a stepdaughter, Gin, who is in love with Ukon Takayama, a Christian feudal lord. Rikyu returns from an expedition to report on a proposal of marriage for Gin; Mitsunari Ishida, a warrior and friend of Hideyoshi, has informed Rikyu that Shintaro Mozuya, a wealthy merchant, desires Gin's hand. Gin is cool to the proposal, but after Ukon spurns her she gives in and marries Mozuya. Several years later an edict banning the practice of Christianity forces Ukon into hiding. Gin, whose marriage has proved to be unhappy, attends a tea ceremony held by Hideyoshi, who has become regent. Hideyoshi is attracted to Gin; noting this, Ishida and Mozuya plot to trap Ukon and hand over Gin to Hideyoshi in order to expand their influence with the regent. Using fake letters, they lure the couple to a temple, but a priest there helps Gin and Ukon escape to a nearby tea house. Ukon, whose wife has died, admits to Gin that he has always loved her. They part, promising to meet in Kaga, and Gin returns to her stepfather's home after informing Mozuya that she wants a divorce. Ishida informs Hideyoshi that Gin and Ukon have committed adultery, and the regent orders Gin to appear before him. She rejects his advances, however, even when Hideyoshi threatens her stepfather's life. That night, Rikyu insists that his stepdaughter try to join her lover, but Hideyoshi has the family's house surrounded before Gin can leave. Rather than submit, Gin writes a farewell poem and commits suicide.
Released in Japan in 1960 as O-gin Sama.