After the Rain (film)

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After the Rain
After the Rain film poster.jpg
Theatrical poster for After the Rain (1999)
Directed by Takashi Koizumi[1]
Produced by Masato Hara
Hisao Kurosawa
Written by Shugoro Yamamoto
Akira Kurosawa
Starring Akira Terao
Yoshiko Miyazaki
Shiro Mifune
Mieko Harada
Tatsuya Nakadai
Music by Masaru Sato
Distributed by Asmik Ace Entertainment
Release dates
  • 1999 (1999) (France)
  • 22 January 2000 (2000-01-22) (Japan)
Running time
91 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget US$3,800,000 (estimated)

After the Rain (雨あがる Ame agaru?) is a 1999 Japanese film. The story is based on the last script written by Akira Kurosawa and is directed by his former assistant director of 28 years, Takashi Koizumi. It was awarded a Japanese Academy Award in 1999. It was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony.[2]


A group of travelers is stranded in a small country inn when the local river floods. As the bad weather continues, tensions rise amongst the travelers trapped at the inn. A traveling ronin (masterless samurai), Ihei Misawa takes it upon himself to cheer everyone up by arranging a splendid feast. Unfortunately he has no money and in order to pay for the feast he visits the local dojos and challenges the masters there for payment, termed in the film as prize fighting. Later, after breaking up a duel between two young retainers of the local clan he receives an offer of employment as a sword master from the local lord, Shigeaki. He has a tense interaction with the lord and his retainers, revealing his prowess at their expense. The film also shows the tender relationship he has with his wife, Tayo, and provides insights into the way of life of a ronin's wife.




  1. ^ Infobox data from 雨あがる (in Japanese). Japanese Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-05-16.  and Ame agaru (1999) at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Awards for Ame agaru (1999)" (in Japanese). Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-05. 

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