Samural video: “Ame Agaru” Fight in the Forest

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“Superb Samurai Action Choreography!” An incredibly well choreographed fight in the forest from the film “Ame Agaru” (After the Rain). The setting is Japan, during the Kyoho Era (1716-1735). Following torrential rains, a group of travelers are stuck in a country inn by flooding. Among them is a certain Ihei Misawa, a ronin, a masterless […]

“Superb Samurai Action Choreography!”

An incredibly well choreographed fight in the forest from the film “Ame Agaru” (After the Rain). The setting is Japan, during the Kyoho Era (1716-1735). Following torrential rains, a group of travelers are stuck in a country inn by flooding. Among them is a certain Ihei Misawa, a ronin, a masterless samurai with outstanding fighting skills. After he intervenes to prevent a duel between two young samurai, Ihei is noticed by Lord Shigeaki, who invites him to become the master of arms of his fief.

Another great duel from this same movie!

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2 Comments
  1. I prefer the second video link with the bokken duels. It was very clear in the forrest duel that the protagonist would have been cut down if not for the script. There were numerous opponents who hung back, one who was actually at his back for a good part of the randori. I see this in numerous aikido randori. The ukes in their kindness, do not attack at the nages back, and do not seize the opportunity to make the kill when it is their for the sake of flow and the nature of the exercise. But in this movie approximation of a real life multiple attacker scenario, he would have been killed.

  2. Minoru_VOIRON says:
    Posted March 26, 2014 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    “The rain is over” is really a remarkable film not only for its high quality achievement in aspect of the samurai skill and in describing a humble life of smaller people, but also for the script which can be seen also as a hymn to the ladies, who play substantial key roles in the film. Nevertheless, I don’t know to what degree it is faithful to the reality in the Edo era, where Confucianism was promoted as gold law by the almighty, Shogun. (In the French version I followed, some subtlety of Japanese feeling is lost in translation. Par exemple, le tutoiement ne se faisait pas dans la classe de samelai, ou Bushi-kaikyu!)

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