Sudden Rain

Japan Release: 1956
Running Time:
91 minutes

Sudden Rain

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Sundays for Ryotaro and Fumiko have become routine: he reads the paper, she knits; he complains that his stomach hurts, she readies his medicine; she suggests things to do, he decides to stay home; he yawns, she yawns. They have no children and live in a suburb outside of Tokyo, surrounded by gossipy neighbors. One particular afternoon, the community gains two new residents, Nenkichi and his nonconformist wife Hinako. As the two couples come to know each other, upcoming layoffs in Ryotaro's company trigger what could very well be the end of his marriage to Fumiko. He wishes to return to the country. She wishes to stay near Tokyo and find employment of her own. He opposes the idea of his wife working. Despite being married for some time, they still do not understand each other. Pretty soon, it becomes clear the possibility of separation is looming over them...

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International Title

Sudden Rain

Initial US Title

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Alternate Titles

Rain, Rain
[Literal translation]




Directed by Mikio Naruse
Writing credits Kunio Kishida, Yoko Mizuki
Produced by Sanezumi Fujimoto, Keikichi Kakeshita
Music by Ichiro Saito
Cinematography by Masao Tamai
Film Editing by Eiji Ooi
Production Design by Satoru Chuko
Assistant Director Sakae Hirosawa
Fumiko Namiki Setsuko Hara
Ryotaro Namiki Shuji Sano
Ayako, Niece Kyoko Kagawa
Toyama Ren Yamamoto
Kawakami Daisuke Kato
Manager Seijiro Onda
Hinako Imasato Akemi Negishi
Nenkichi Imasato Keiju Kobayashi
- Chieko Nakakita
- Haruko Togo
- Teruko Nagaoka
- Hajime Izu
- Sachio Sakai
- Fuyuki Murakami
- Toki Shiozawa
- Kiyomi Mizunoya
- Yaeko Izumo
- Yasuhisa Tsutsumi
- Fumindo Matsuo
- Senkichi Omura
- Kan Hayashi
- Yutaka Sada
- Junpei Natsuki
- Akemi Ueno
- Teruko Mita
- Momoko Nakazawa
- Toyoaki Suzuki
- Ichiro Chiba

Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on December 29th, 1997 with the registration number of PA0000889360. The movie was submitted under its Romaji title, Shuu, and its international title, Sudden Rain. The copyright registration was a multi-item claim. Toho also submitted The Legend of the White Serpent (1956), Rainy Night Duel (1956), A Wife's Heart (1956) and A House of a Geisha (1956) during the same registration process.


Patrick Galvan Star Rating
February 20, 2017