Pic features masterless samurai

TOKYO — The last screenplay by the late film Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, the story of a masterless samurai and his ailing wife, will be made into a movie, officials at Kurosawa’s studio said Saturday.

The film will be called “Ame Agaru” (After the Rain). Kurosawa intended to direct the project himself but died in September at age 88.

Filming will start next spring, and the movie should be completed in time for the first anniversary of Kurosawa’s death, officials said.

Masterless samurai have been the subject of numerous Kurosawa films, including “The Seven Samurai.” No announcements have been made regarding castmembers or backers for the project.

According to the national daily Asahi Shimbun, Kurosawa left numerous directorial notes in his copy of the screenplay about a mild-mannered samurai. The paper said that Kurosawa’s son Hisao and other staff members of Kurosawa’s production team will take part in making the new film.

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