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After the Rain (1999)
"Ame agaru" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  22 January 2000 (Japan)
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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Terao ...
Ihei Misawa
Yoshiko Miyazaki ...
Tayo Misawa
Shirô Mifune ...
Lord Nagai Izuminokami Shigeaki
Fumi Dan ...
Okugata
Hisashi Igawa ...
Kihei Ishiyama
Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Chamberlain Gonnojo Sakakibara
Mieko Harada ...
Okin
Tatsuo Matsumura ...
Sekkyo-Bushi Jii, the Old Preacher
Takayuki Katô ...
Hayato Naitô
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Tsuji Gettan
Makiya Yamaguchi
Toshihide Wakamatsu
Daisuke Ryû
Bin Moritsuka
Masayoshi Nagasawa
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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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Akira Kurosawa died after writing the screenplay and completing preproduction. His producer son offered the direction to Kurosawa's long-time assistant. But shooting could begin only when Elie Chouraqui's French Company 7 Films Cinéma accepted to co-produce. See more »

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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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not Kurosawa
18 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

originally i felt a review of Ame Agaru would be redundant, but seeing as everyone else (almost) seems to think this is a great film, i have to raise a voice.

After The Rain is a mediocre film. Not in a bad way, but rather in an uninteresting way.

First, the story is simple, very simple. Let's keep this in mind and pause here for a second.

Second, there are the many parts of the film where Kurosawa would put in some touches of class, some exposition of a more profound aspect of his characters, some haunting sights, some rhythmic pauses to the drama.

After The Rain has none of this; or rather, there are blank spots where Kurosawa would have put something cool which makes his movies into masterpieces, instead here we have nothing but boredom, emptiness, mediocrity and shallowness.

In the end, this is a film from a director who thinks he is Kurosawa, starring an actor who thinks he is Toshiro Mifune, telling a story everyone involved thinks its profound, while it's not.

(Kurosawa had the ability to extract moments of great drama from his actors, that's why he didn't need complicated stories)

So yeah, we appreciate the tribute, but it didn't come out very well.

My final vote: 5/10 Don't bother, there's nothing to see.


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