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After the Rain -- In the midst of fiery riots and civil war in South Africa, a young soldier returns home to find his wife in a forbidden relationship with another man.
After the Rain -- In the midst of fiery riots and civil war in South Africa, a young soldier returns home to find his wife in a forbidden relationship with another man.

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Director:
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Akira Kurosawa (screenplay)
Shûgorô Yamamoto (short story)
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22 January 2000 (Japan) See more »
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Ihei Misawa and his wife Tayo, stranded by rains at a country inn, bring a great deal of happiness to... See more » | Add synopsis »
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14 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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
Mieko Harada ... Okin
Tatsuo Matsumura ... Sekkyo-Bushi Jii, the Old Preacher
Takayuki Katô ... Hayato Naitô
Tatsuya Nakadai ... Tsuji Gettan
Makiya Yamaguchi
Toshihide Wakamatsu
Daisuke Ryû
Bin Moritsuka
Masayoshi Nagasawa
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Also Known As:
"Ame agaru" - Japan (original title)
"When the Rain Lifts" - USA (festival title)
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91 min
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Akira Kurosawa died after writing the screenplay and completing preproduction. His producer son offered the direction to Kurosawa's long-time assistant. But shooting could begin only when Elie Chouraqui's French Company 7 Films Cinéma accepted to co-produce.See more »
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Referenced in Kurosawa: The Last Emperor (1999) (TV)See more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"Quiet" samurai film, 14 April 2007
Author: Chung Mo from NYC

Kurosawa was very interested in stories about older men facing their destiny. Most of his films from Kagemusha and on deal with this in some way. Ame Agaru is another story that deals with the topic.

Almost like a play at times, Ame Agaru takes it's time and is all the better for it. There are some excellent sword fights and formal duels in the film but they are not the focus of the film. There's a bit of time depicting the main character silently practicing his sword work in the woods that might bore a number of viewers.

Is this a Kurosawa film? Yes, in that I could easily see him directing this story. There are a number of similarities to his last film, Madadayo. No, in that the direction here is sort of mundane. Kurosawa's distinctive eye is missing. There's a TV movie quality that's sort of unusual for a film like this. However, the actors and the story really do carry this film over and while it's not a masterpiece, it's not a waste of time either if you know what you are getting into.

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