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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:

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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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Version of Samurai from Nowhere (1964) See more »

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an out-of-work samurai & his wife are stranded during a flood...
17 September 2006 | by specknold-1See all my reviews

excellent Japanese period piece, co-written by Akira Kurosawa. an out-of-work samurai(a ronin) & his wife are stranded during a flood. as they are unable to cross a swollen river, they stay at an inn with many other stuck traveler's(mostly lower class). to earn some extra money(to to buy "comforts" for the other guests; namely food & wine), our protagonist gambles his fencing skills against the local instructors. they are no match for his superior skills and seek vengeance to restore their honor... not an action movie so much as a human drama, with many colorful & interesting characters. the fighting scenes are realistic & not prolonged & add a disturbing, violent balance to an otherwise slow paced, beautifully shot film. there's a great iai sequence shot in very serene surroundings(for those bu-do aficionados). a must see for those fans of Kurosawa's samurai flicks!!


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