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After the Rain (1999)

Ame agaru (original title)
During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect.

Director:

Takashi Koizumi

Writers:

Akira Kurosawa (screenplay), Shûgorô Yamamoto (short story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Terao Akira Terao ... Ihei Misawa
Yoshiko Miyazaki ... Tayo Misawa
Shirô Mifune Shirô Mifune ... Lord Nagai Izuminokami Shigeaki
Fumi Dan Fumi Dan ... Okugata
Hisashi Igawa ... Kihei Ishiyama
Hidetaka Yoshioka Hidetaka Yoshioka ... Chamberlain Gonnojo Sakakibara
Mieko Harada ... Okin
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Sekkyo-Bushi Jii, the Old Preacher
Takayuki Katô Takayuki Katô ... Hayato Naitô
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Tsuji Gettan
Makiya Yamaguchi Makiya Yamaguchi
Toshihide Wakamatsu Toshihide Wakamatsu
Daisuke Ryû
Bin Moritsuka Bin Moritsuka
Masayoshi Nagasawa Masayoshi Nagasawa
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Storyline

Ihei Misawa and his wife Tayo, stranded by rains at a country inn, bring a great deal of happiness to the other residents of the inn by means of Ihei's generosity and good spirit. Ihei is a masterless samurai and fencing expert. Ihei comes to the attention of Lord Shigeaki, who hires him as fencing instructor for Lord Shigeaki's men. But Ihei's expertise causes friction and jealousy in Shigeaki's castle and his future there comes into doubt. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Japan | France

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

22 January 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Rain Lifts See more »

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Budget:

$3,800,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The actual castle used in his movie is called Kakegawa castle. It is in Shizuoka prefecture. The river is the Ooi river. See more »

Quotes

Lord Nagai Izuminokami Shigeaki: The forging of the grain delicately moistened very well drawn groves a proud blade has the freshness of a spring breeze and it's perfume.
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Version of Samurai from Nowhere (1964) See more »

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A samurai movie with heart.
2 June 2003 | by ransuruSee all my reviews

In this movie set on the rainy season in fudal Japan, A ronin and his wife reach a poor hotel and interact with the guests and the local lord. The character of the ronin is unique. He has fought for money and thus taints himself in the eyes of the local samurai but his heart and care for the people along with his mastery of budo, wins over the lord who is a unique character in his own right. This is not a masterpiece of filming but the characters stay with you and it is a needed diversion from the gruff men we usually meet with the elder Corosowa.


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