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Ame agaru (1999)

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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Akira Terao ...
Yoshiko Miyazaki ...
Shirô Mifune ...
Fumi Dan ...
Okugata
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Kihei Ishiyama
Hidetaka Yoshioka ...
Chamberlain Gonnojo Sakakibara
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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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22 January 2000 (Japan)  »

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When the Rain Lifts  »

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$3,800,000 (estimated)
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001. 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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Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) See more »

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a sweet movie.
10 February 2011 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

The only way I can describe this movie is Sweet.

It is such a lovely movie in its simplicity. There are no evil schemes and plots. No subplots within subplots with twist and suspense building. No massive production with a cast of thousands. No nasty characters that you hate. It is just a sweet simple story telling about an unemployed man (ronin) and his wife.

This movie made me smile as especially the wives. The wife of the Samurai, Tayo, is incredibly sweet. Same with the wife of the lord. Both play the "character" of the Asian wife...quietly supportive while leading the man to understanding with words of wisdom.

Great minimalistic acting. A Samurai Feel Good movie.


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