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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.

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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

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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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Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) See more »

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A Great piece of Directing, ScreenWriting and Acting
26 October 1999 | by suzelBSee all my reviews

This movie feels like a ballade on a forgotten road... Its rythm flows like magic and holds you to the storyline which enfolds peacefully. Its inner beauty is based on simplicity, on discovering what makes our humanity and on some well chosen bits of humor. There is an allmighty feeling of pleasure that emanates from experiencing this movie where nature is breathtaking or just simply here with you. And, when the movie is over, you feel grateful to have walked this path where love still exists. Such a powerful message upon entering our next millenium.


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