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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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Cast

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
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Okin
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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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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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22 January 2000 (Japan)  »

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When the Rain Lifts  »

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$3,800,000 (estimated)
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The actual castle used in his movie is called Kakegawa castle. It is in Shizuoka prefecture. The river is the Ooi river. 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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30 June 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I can't say that I really liked seeing this movie. I didn't dislike it and I am sure I liked the message very much. It was just too long a movie for such a short message.

But the atmosphere of the film is nice, all of it being about casting regrets about the past away, making the most of the present and hoping for a good future. Akira Terao was very good in this movie and now, after seeing it, I can't imagine it with another actor. Shiro Mifune, son of the great Toshiro Mifune, was also of quality acting and borrowed humour and life to the role of the lord.

I won't linger on the subject, I will only say that, even if a samurai movie, the film has very little fights and its idea doesn't really center on them. Some guy here titled his comment Kurosawa Light. Couldn't have said better myself.


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