- 1. TOHO CO., LTD.
- 2. Toho 20th Anniversary Film
- 3. Arts Festival Selection - 1952
- 4. Produced by
- 5. Screenplay by AKIRA KUROSAWA,
SHINOBU HASHIMOTO, HIDEO OGUNI
- 6. Cinematography by
- 7. Music by
- 8. Directed by
- 9. This stomach belongs to
the protagonist of our story.
- 10. At this point, our protagonist
has no idea he has this cancer...
- 11. My child has sensitive skin,
- 12. and that water gave him an awful rash.
- 13. Plus it breeds mosquitoes like crazy.
- 14. And it stinks, besides.
- 15. Can't you do something? It would make
a great playground if you filled it in.
- 16. Please wait a moment.
- 17. Sir, they've come to complain
about a sewage pond.
- 18. - Engineering Section.
- 19. Ah, here is our protagonist now.
- 20. But it would only be tiresome
to meet him right now.
- 21. After all,
- 22. he's simply passing time
without actually living his life.
- 23. In other words,
he's not really even alive.
- 24. Odagiri,
- 25. how dare you,
during business hours?
- 26. But it's so funny.
- 27. Funny? What is?
- 28. It's the "Liar's Club."
Someone sent it around.
- 29. Read it to us.
- 30. "I hear you've never even
taken a vacation.
- 31. Is that because City Hall
couldn't function without you?"
- 32. "No, because everyone would realize
that City Hall doesn't need me at all."
- 33. Oh, no, this will never do.
- 34. He might as well be a corpse.
- 35. In fact, this man has been dead
for more than 20 years now.
- 36. Before that, he did live a little.
- 37. He even actually tried
to do real work.
- 38. SUBMITTED 1930
- 39. But now, there's barely a trace of
his old passion and ambition.
- 40. He's been worn down completely by
the minutia of the bureaucratic machine
- 41. and the meaningless busyness
- 42. Busy, always so very busy.
- 43. But in fact, this man does
absolutely nothing at all.
- 44. Other than protecting
his own spot.
- 45. The best way to protect your place
in this world is to do nothing at all.
- 46. Is this really
what life is all about?
- 47. Is this really
what life is all about?
- 48. Before our friend will
take this question seriously,
- 49. his stomach has
to get a lot worse,
- 50. and he'll have to waste much,
much more time.
- 51. But any proposal
for creating a park
- 52. goes to the Parks Department.
- 53. This really seems to be
a question of hygiene,
- 54. so you'd better try
the Health Department.
- 55. Go to the Sanitation Department.
- 56. See Environmental Sanitation.
- 57. Department of Prevention.
- 58. Infectious Diseases.
- 59. Lots of mosquitoes?
- 60. That's a job for
the Division of Pest Control.
- 61. The problem is seeping waste,
- 62. it's a problem for
the Sewage Department at City Hall.
- 63. Originally, it was a ditch
with a road running over it,
- 64. which means the Roads Department.
- 65. We're waiting on a decision
from City Planning.
- 66. Go to Ward Reorganization.
- 67. The Fire Department objected
to draining that cesspool.
- 68. There are water pressure problems
in that area.
- 69. Are you kidding?
All we need's a good water supply.
- 70. There's no reason it has to
breed mosquitoes and cause rashes.
- 71. Think what a time we'd have
getting that filth out of our hoses.
- 72. Of course, we'd love a kiddie pool
in that neighborhood.
- 73. Try the Education Department. They
should have a Child Welfare Committee.
- 74. But the problem doesn't only
- 75. We've had enough trouble
just rebuilding all the schools.
- 76. A problem this big belongs with your
Ward Representative to the City Council.
- 77. I'll give you an introduction
to the Deputy Mayor.
- 78. Show him my card
and he'll meet with you immediately.
- 79. Please, sit down.
- 80. Thank you for all your hard work.
- 81. The truth is that we truly appreciate
- 82. folks like you,
who know to bring
- 83. such complaints directly
to our attention.
- 84. That's precisely what inspired
our new Department of Public Affairs.
- 85. Don't skimp on your complaints.
- 86. Hey, you. Show these folks
the Public Affairs desk.
- 87. You'll need to take that up
with Engineering. Desk 8.
- 88. How dare you?
Stop giving us the runaround.
- 89. What the hell's this poster mean?
To help us kill time?
- 90. We call people like you time-killers.
- 91. All we want is to get
that stinking cesspool cleaned up.
- 92. If it's Engineering, Sewage,
Health, Sanitation or the Fire Department,
- 93. Public Affairs should sort it out.
- 94. Forget it.
We won't bother you anymore.
- 95. You're just laughing at us.
What a mockery of democracy.
- 96. Let's go.
- 97. Um, excuse me.
- 98. Unfortunately, the section chief
took the day off,
- 99. and it'd be easier for us
if you'd put this in writing.
- 100. What do you think?
- 101. The section chief
never takes days off.
- 102. Yes, he's been
kind of listless recently.
- 103. But we really can't have him
taking extended time off.
- 104. Exactly. It's not like him to take
a day off over a little cold.
- 105. Nothing moves unless he stamps it.
- 106. Yes, you're right.
- 107. I must say,
it's a terrible shame.
- 108. One more month
- 109. and he'd have broken the record of
30 years without a single absence.
- 110. Trust me, some people are
happy to have him gone.
- 111. Only a bureaucrat schemes
to replace his boss as soon as he's out.
- 112. What's that medicine
he's been taking?
- 113. Stomach medicine. He always slurped
his noodle bowl to the bottom,
- 114. but lately, he barely touches it.
- 115. Plain noodle soup. In all these years,
I've never seen him eat anything else.
- 116. And if the worst happens,
who'll replace him?
- 117. What's the rush? Lots more guys
have to die before it's your turn.
- 118. X-RAY LAB
- 119. - Hiraoka-San...
- 120. Your stomach?
- 121. Yeah, my stomach's bad, too.
It's what they call "chronic."
- 122. These days I hardly feel alive
unless my stomach hurts.
- 123. - Suzuki-San...
- 124. That man over there...
- 125. His doctor told him
he's got an ulcer,
- 126. but trust me, it's stomach cancer.
- 127. In a word, that very thing.
- 128. And stomach cancer
is practically a death sentence.
- 129. The doc usually says
it's just a mild ulcer,
- 130. and that there's
no real need to operate.
- 131. And that you can eat whatever you want
as long as it's easy to digest.
- 132. If that's what he tells you,
you've got a year, at most.
- 133. But if you've got these symptoms,
you won't last a year:
- 134. First, if the pain is kind of heavy.
- 135. Second, if you can't stop
- 136. And your tongue's always dry.
- 137. You can't get enough water and tea.
- 138. And then there's the diarrhea.
- 139. And, if it isn't diarrhea,
well, then you're constipated.
- 140. Your bowel movements go black.
- 141. And then,
- 142. that meat you used to love so,
you can hardly touch it anymore.
- 143. And whatever you eat,
you vomit half an hour later.
- 144. And when stuff you ate
last week comes up
- 145. when you vomit,
well, then you're done for.
- 146. You've hardly got three months...
- 147. Watanabe-San.
- 148. Watanabe-San.
- 149. Yes.
- 150. Sit down.
- 151. Um... it looks like
you've got a mild ulcer.
- 152. Honestly...
- 153. please tell me...
- 154. the truth.
- 155. Tell me it's stomach cancer.
- 156. I just told you,
it's a mild ulcer.
- 157. What about an operation?
Can't you operate?
- 158. Oh, no, there's no need to operate.
It'll heal on its own.
- 159. And my diet?
- 160. Well, just use your common sense.
As long as it's easy to digest,
- 161. you can eat whatever you like.
- 162. Does that patient have a year?
- 163. No, I'd give him six months.
- 164. - Six months?
- 165. What would you do if you had only
six months left to live, like him?
- 166. What about you, Aihara?
- 167. The barbiturates are over there.
- 168. Is there a blackout?
- 169. The street lights
and neighbors' are lit.
- 170. How strange.
I wonder if Dad's out.
- 171. Where's the key?
- 172. In your handbag.
- 173. Did Hayashi-San forget to lock up
when she went home?
- 174. She's only a part-time maid.
- 175. Full-time would hardly break the bank,
but a thief sure would.
- 176. That's just like Dad,
the petty bureaucrat.
- 177. Man, it's freezing.
- 178. just as cold inside as out.
- 179. I just hate Japanese houses.
- 180. Have a great time out and come home
to this dump. We need a modern home.
- 181. - Honey...
- 182. A house of our own would
cost 500,000 yen, right?
- 183. Use father's retirement bonus
- 184. Yeah, it ought to be worth
6 or 700,000 yen by now.
- 185. Plus a monthly pension of
12 or 13,000 yen.
- 186. And another 100,000 in savings.
- 187. But you think he'd agree?
- 188. If he doesn't, we'll tell him
we're moving out. That'll clinch it.
- 189. Besides, even Pop wouldn't want to take
all that money to his grave.
- 190. What's wrong, Dad?
- 191. Oh, nothing. Nothing at all.
- 192. That was strange.
- 193. Listen, honey.
- 194. It's not fair.
- 195. What isn't?
- 196. He heard our whole conversation.
- 197. It's really not fair.
- 198. It may be his house,
but this is our room.
- 199. I can't believe he snuck in here
while we were out.
- 200. Besides, if he's got a gripe,
he should come out with it.
- 201. Not go around acting
like a crabby kid.
- 202. Stop being so moody.
- 203. Forget about your dad.
- 204. He has his life.
We have ours.
- 205. Love me.
- 206. How sad.
- 207. She was so young,
- 208. and to leave such a sweet
little boy behind.
- 209. She must have regretted dying.
- 210. Cut it out.
The same broken record.
- 211. Hurry, hurry.
- 212. You can't use Mitsuo
- 213. as an excuse
not to marry again.
- 214. As soon as that boy grows up,
- 215. he'll never love you
the way you loved him.
- 216. And when he gets married,
they'll squeeze you out.
- 217. You've got to think about
your own future.
- 218. I'm telling you,
find another wife now.
- 219. Besides, my wife says,
- 220. the thought of you
and your oily skin
- 221. keeping up with the laundry
is too disgusting to bear.
- 222. Dad.
- 223. Mitsuo.
- 224. Good night.
You'll lock up down there, right?
- 225. Mitsuo.
- 226. What do you say?
What a great hit.
- 227. You know, the batter is my...
- 228. Mitsuo, Mitsuo.
- 229. That idiot.
- 230. What's he thinking?
- 231. Mitsuo.
- 232. Mitsuo, be brave.
It's only your appendix.
- 233. No worse than pulling a tooth.
- 234. Can't you stay for the operation, Dad?
- 235. Well, I've got some other things
to do and...
- 236. Mitsuo, Mitsuo.
- 237. Banzai, Banzai.
- 238. Banzai, banzai.
- 239. Dad.
- 240. IN RECOGNITION OF 25 YEARS
- 241. Watanabe-San left for work as usual.
- 242. What?
- 243. But he hasn't been in at all.
- 244. It's been five days now,
but he hasn't called in sick either.
- 245. The sub-section chief asked me
to check up on him.
- 246. Madam. Madam.
- 247. What? Impossible.
- 248. But it's true.
The man from his office said so.
- 249. What could Father be doing?
- 250. It's incredible, but it's really true.
- 251. The people at his house
- 252. What a bother.
- 253. When the section chief's out,
I can stamp your paperwork.
- 254. But he has to approve
any resignations, right?
- 255. Don't tell me you want to quit?
- 256. I don't belong here.
- 257. Uncle, he even withdrew
50,000 yen from his account.
- 258. That miser?
- 259. Maybe he's got a woman.
That would be quite something.
- 260. - Now, dear.
- 261. Oh, there's no telling
when it comes to love.
- 262. The least likely ones
have the highest risk.
- 263. If you ask me, he's actually
always been a real lech.
- 264. What they call a sullen lech. But he's
stayed single these 20 years for you.
- 265. It makes sense
he'd explode sooner or later.
- 266. Oh, no. He's lost
a lot of weight recently,
- 267. and his skin's
strangely dry and flaky.
- 268. I bet there's another explanation.
- 269. You saw him recently?
- 270. Four days ago.
He turned up that morning.
- 271. I thought there was definitely
- 272. But you know your uncle.
- 273. He just said, "Why the glum look?
If it's a loan, forget it."
- 274. Hey, don't tell me he had good news.
Not with that long face.
- 275. Now, honey, it's just that
- 276. my husband thinks all men
are self-indulgent, like him.
- 277. Say, Mitsuo-San.
Did something happen at home?
- 278. No... nothing in particular.
- 279. Hey.
- 280. Deliver this to my place.
- 281. My editor's waiting outside.
- 282. And get some sleeping pills
at the drugstore.
- 283. There's a prescription
in my name.
- 284. But sir, the drugstore's
- 285. Is it that late?
- 286. Around here, they close up
shop after dinner.
- 287. What to do?
- 288. I can't get to sleep unless
I take them with my nightcap.
- 289. Um, I don't mean to be rude.
- 290. But I happen to have
some sleeping pills with me.
- 291. Well, much obliged.
- 292. May I pay you the official price?
- 293. No, no.
- 294. I was planning to throw them away.
- 295. - But...
- No, really.
- 296. Really?
- 297. Then let me pick up your tab.
- 298. Oh, no.
- 299. You can drink, right?
- 300. Please, have another.
You hardly seem tipsy.
- 301. Why, thank you.
- 302. I throw up everything anyway.
- 303. In other words, my stomach...
I have stomach cancer.
- 304. - Stomach cancer?
- 305. That's a shock.
- 306. But then, what you're doing is crazy.
- 307. Yes, it's embarrassing, but...
- 308. But...
- 309. It's suicide to drink
when you have stomach cancer.
- 310. But... I can't die.
- 311. I'll just up and die on them.
- 312. I want to, but...
- 313. I can't... die.
- 314. In other words,
I can't bring myself to die.
- 315. I don't know what I've been doing
with my life all these years.
- 316. No children?
- 317. Your stomach hurts?
- 318. No, it's not my stomach...
- 319. It seems you're carrying
a heavy load indeed.
- 320. No...
- 321. It's just...
- 322. I'm such a fool.
- 323. I'm just...
- 324. so furious with myself.
- 325. Until just a few days ago,
- 326. I'd never even bought a drink
with my own money.
- 327. It's only now that I don't know
how much longer I've got to live
- 328. that I finally...
- 329. I understand.
- 330. I understand.
- 331. But drinking is plain crazy.
- 332. Besides, does it even taste good?
- 333. No, it doesn't.
- 334. But...
- 335. for a little while,
I can forget my cancer,
- 336. and all the other painful things.
- 337. Drinking...
- 338. this expensive sake
- 339. is like paying myself
back with poison
- 340. for the way I lived all these years.
- 341. In other words,
- 342. I mean,
- 343. it feels awful,
- 344. but it feels good at the same...
- 345. I can understand.
- 346. Oh, why...
- 347. Actually, I...
- 348. I have 50,000 yen here with me,
- 349. which I'd like to spend all at once.
- 350. But embarrassingly enough,
- 351. the thing is, I don't even
actually know how.
- 352. So what I'm trying to say is...
- 353. You want me to show you
how to spend it?
- 354. Yes, I realize
it's terribly forward of me...
- 355. But...
- 356. No, this money...
- 357. It took me dozens of years
to set aside this money.
- 358. All the more reason now to...
What I'm trying to say...
- 359. I understand.
- 360. But please put your money away.
- 361. Tonight's on me.
- 362. But that's not... I...
- 363. just leave things to me.
- 364. Truly fascinating...
- 365. I realize it's rude
to call you fascinating,
- 366. but you're an extremely
- 367. I'm a half-baked fool
who writes meaningless novels.
- 368. You've really made me think tonight.
- 369. I realize what they say about
the nobility of misfortune is true.
- 370. Because misfortune
teaches us the truth.
- 371. Your cancer has opened your eyes
to your own life.
- 372. We humans are so careless.
- 373. We only realize how beautiful life is
when we chance upon death.
- 374. But few of us are actually able
to face death.
- 375. The worst ones know nothing of life
'til they die.
- 376. You're splendid.
Rebelling against life at your age.
- 377. Your rebellious spirit moves me.
- 378. You were a slave to your own life.
Now you will become its master.
- 379. I'm telling you, it's our human duty
to enjoy life.
- 380. Wasting it,
you desecrate God's great gift.
- 381. We've got to be greedy
- 382. We learned that greed is a vice,
but that's old. Greed is a virtue.
- 383. Especially this greediness for life.
- 384. Let's go.
- 385. Let us go reclaim the life
you have wasted.
- 386. Tonight it will be my pleasure
to act as your Mephistopheles.
- 387. A good Mephistopheles
who seeks no reward.
- 388. With a black dog to guide us.
Show us the way.
- 389. Listen.
- 390. These silver balls, they're you.
- 391. They're your life itself.
- 392. This machine liberates people
who strangle themselves
- 393. in their daily lives. A vending
machine of dreams and infatuations.
- 394. Over here, sweetie.
- 395. - Not so fast.
- 396. You don't know, but these women are
the greediest of all mammals.
- 397. It'll cost you close to a dozen hats
to get that old one back.
- 398. Besides, it's time to buy a new hat
to switch to a new self.
- 399. Welcome.
- 400. Welcome.
We haven't seen you in a while.
- 401. The same for your friend?
- 402. What are you laughing at?
- 403. It's the honest truth.
He really has cancer.
- 404. - Then why's he drinking?
- You idiot.
- 405. That's why you'll never get it.
- 406. Ecce homo.
Behold this man.
- 407. This man bears a cross called cancer.
- 408. If you were diagnosed with cancer,
you'd die on the spot.
- 409. But not this fellow.
That's the moment he started living.
- 410. Right? Isn't that so?
- 411. Listen, the thing is,
that's the etiquette.
- 412. Listen, you, over here, here.
- 413. Anybody want to request a favorite?
- 414. "Life is Brief."
- 415. What?
- 416. "Life is Brief."
- 417. Fall in love, maidens
- 418. Oh, that love song from back
in the nineteen teens.
- 419. Life is brief
- 420. Fall in love, maidens
- 421. Before the crimson bloom
- 422. Fades from your lips
- 423. Before the tides of passion
- 424. Cool within you
- 425. For those of you
- 426. Who know no tomorrow
- 427. Life is brief
- 428. Fall in love, maidens
- 429. Before your raven tresses
- 430. Begin to fade
- 431. Before the flames in your hearts
- 432. Flicker and die
- 433. For those to whom
- 434. Today will never return
- 435. That's the spirit, man.
- 436. Life is brief
- 437. Striptease.
Now, this is what I call art.
- 438. No, it's more than art.
It's more direct.
- 439. In other words, that female body
- 440. gently undulating up there
on stage is a juicy steak,
- 441. a glass of liquor,
a bottle of camphor,
- 442. streptomycin, uranium...
- 443. Please, stop.
- 444. Hey, stop the car.
- 445. What? Had enough?
- 446. I think he's throwing up.
- 447. What a drag.
- 448. Say, let's sing something.
I hate feeling blue.
- 449. C'mon a my house
a my house
- 450. I'm gonna give you
a Christmas tree
- 451. C'mon a my house
a my house
- 452. I'm gonna give you a marriage ring
and a pomegranate too
- 453. C'mon a my house
a my house
- 454. C'mon a my house
a my house
- 455. I'm gonna give you a peach and a pear
I love your hair
- 456. Section Chief.
- 457. I thought it was you.
- 458. I hardly recognized you
in that new hat.
- 459. But I'm glad.
I was looking for your place.
- 460. Are you off to work?
- 461. No, I'm...
- 462. Do you have your seal?
- 463. No, my seal's back at home.
- 464. I want to quit the civil service.
- 465. I'm in a rush
'cause I found a new job.
- 466. - Then come to my house.
- 467. - Why are you quitting?
- 468. It's killing me. Each day is
as predictable as the last.
- 469. Nothing new ever happens.
- 470. Still, I put up with it
for a year and a half,
- 471. but the only novel thing that happened
was you taking a few days off,
- 472. and now this new hat of yours.
That was it.
- 473. In any case, don't say anything
when Dad gets back.
- 474. I've nothing to say.
- 475. What I mean is, don't reproach him
- 476. If you hadn't brought up
- 477. You're so self-centered,
blaming it all on me.
- 478. You brought up his savings.
- 479. Said even he wouldn't
take them to his grave...
- 480. But it just doesn't make sense that
that's all it took to set Dad off.
- 481. Dad's never stayed out all night.
- 482. Let's stop this now.
We don't even know
- 483. what he's up to, let alone
if it's got anything to do with us.
- 484. I'll be going then.
- 485. Oh, c'mon in.
- 486. Honey!
- 487. Thirty years.
- 488. Thirty years in that awful place.
It kills me to think of it.
- 489. I'm sorry.
- 490. No, it's just,
- 491. recently,
- 492. every time I see that award,
- 493. it reminds me of
that joke you read us.
- 494. No, no, that joke hit the nail
on the head.
- 495. No matter how hard I try,
- 496. I can't remember a thing
I've done in that office
- 497. over the last thirty years.
- 498. All I remember,
- 499. what I mean is,
I was just busy,
- 500. and even then I was bored.
- 501. I had you all wrong, Section Chief.
You actually get it. What a shock.
- 502. That's crazy. Whatever uncle says,
I know Dad best.
- 503. But...
- 504. I can't even imagine Dad
with such a young girl.
- 505. This is the wrong form.
- 506. Are you going in to the office?
- 507. Yes, I've got to deliver this.
- 508. Then will you post my sick leave?
- 509. Why are you staying out
of the office?
- 510. It's a hot topic around there.
Like you mutated or something.
- 511. I just...
- 512. Are you really sick?
- 513. Actually, you look kind of pale.
- 514. It's just that what I mean...
- 515. I didn't think so.
- 516. So where do you go
when you pretend you're going to work?
- 517. You don't fool me.
- 518. But how odd.
- 519. Don't you know? Sakai-San came here
yesterday and spilled the beans.
- 520. Who cares?
- 521. After 30 years with an unblemished record,
you deserve at least six months off.
- 522. Besides, I'll cover for you.
I'm not like that Fish Kite.
- 523. - Fish kite?
- Yes, he's a human Fish Kite,
- 524. that Sakai-San is. His lips are always
moving, but he's just hot air inside.
- 525. Besides, he acts like
he's some high flyer.
- 526. He makes 200 yen more a month
than I do,
- 527. so he looks down on me.
- 528. Bye, then.
- 529. Say, wait, I'll go with you.
- 530. Madam.
- 531. Madam.
- 532. You're so lucky. I wish I could live
in a house like yours.
- 533. Our place crams three generations
in two rooms. It's like civil war.
- 534. And you have a wonderful son, right?
- 535. In any event, where do you buy
- 536. - You're buying some?
- 537. Western clothing stores carry them.
- 538. They're for your daughter-in-law, right?
I've heard she's very pretty.
- 539. According to our
Mr. Fish Kite's report.
- 540. - They look wonderful.
- I'm all dizzy.
- 541. - They make you that happy?
- So happy.
- 542. To buy them myself, I'd have to live
on sardines for lunch for three months.
- 543. But why did you buy them for me?
- 544. In a word, your stockings had holes.
- 545. But the holes in my stockings
don't bother your legs.
- 546. It's just that I...
- 547. No, no. I didn't mean that.
I know how kind you are.
- 548. But right now, I feel kind of awkward,
so I made that awful remark. I'm sorry.
- 549. Want to hear something good?
- 550. Something good?
- 551. I got so bored I had to give everyone
at work a nickname.
- 552. Want to hear them?
- 553. Sea Slug.
- Sea Slug?
- 554. Can you guess?
Someone who's slippery and evasive.
- 555. Ohno-San, the sub-section chief.
- 556. Sea Slug... indeed.
- 557. Ditch-cover-board,
damp and soggy all year round.
- 558. - Would that be Ohbara?
- 559. Next comes Flypaper.
- 560. - Flypaper?
- You know, sticks to everything.
- 561. Get it? Noguchi-San.
- 562. Next is Saito-San, the manager.
See if you can guess his nickname.
- 563. Saito, huh. Saito would be...
- 564. Saito's main feature
is that he's so featureless.
- 565. I don't really know...
- 566. Daily Special.
- 567. - Daily special?
- At the cafeteria.
- 568. Then what about Kimura?
- 569. Rice noodles,
always timid and trembling.
- 570. Say, I had a nickname
for you, too.
- 571. But I'm not going to tell,
'cause I had you all wrong.
- 572. No, don't worry, just tell me...
- 573. Oh, dear.
- 574. No, I'd rather you broke it to me.
- 575. Okay, then. The Mummy.
- 576. I'm sorry.
- 577. Oh, no...
- 578. In other words, I'm...
- 579. I'm going.
Thank you so much.
- 580. Do you really have to tender
your resignation today?
- 581. If you could make it tomorrow,
why not spend today...
- 582. You're not eating anything.
- 583. No, it's just...
- 584. You look so tired.
- 585. But I had a truly
marvelous day today.
- 586. But you snored through
the best part of the movie.
- 587. It's just that I overdid it
a little last night.
- 588. Kimura-San...
- 589. I really can't...
This isn't the sort of thing
- 590. I can tell just anyone.
It's quite embarrassing, but...
- 591. In other words, the reason
- 592. I worked like a mummy
- 593. these last 30 years...
- 594. Oh, no,
- 595. it's not that I mind you
calling me a mummy.
- 596. Because that's exactly right.
- 597. In other words, I don't blame you.
- 598. It's just that the reason
- 599. I made myself into a mummy...
- 600. In other words, I did it all
- 601. for my son's sake.
- 602. But as it turned out, my son
- 603. doesn't seem to give a whit.
- 604. But you can't blame it all
on your son.
- 605. Isn't that right?
- 606. Not unless he asked you
to make a mummy of yourself.
- 607. Parents are all the same.
- 608. My mom gives me the same
kind of line sometimes.
- 609. "The things I've suffered for you."
- 610. And I'm grateful she had me.
- 611. But it's not my fault I was born.
- 612. What's the matter with you,
bad-mouthing your son to me?
- 613. It's just...
- 614. You know you still adore him.
- 615. No end in sight
for the electricity shortage.
- 616. Is that a fact?
- 617. They say we haven't had
such a heat wave in 30 years.
- 618. I see.
- 619. The thing is, there's something
- 620. I'd like to tell you.
- 621. I know I should have
told you sooner,
- 622. but it's not very pleasant business.
- 623. Father, let's drop it.
- 624. You see, I discussed it
with Uncle today,
- 625. and we have to address this
to avoid complications later.
- 626. For instance, we have our rights
as your heirs.
- 627. To avoid misunderstandings...
- 628. - Mitsuo!
- Fact is,
- 629. she's fleeced you out of 50,000 yen
in a few days.
- 630. Young girls these days...
- What are you...
- 631. Father, we respect your right
to freedom of expression.
- 632. We accept your degenerate behavior.
- 633. But we do have
some basic conditions.
- 634. Think of Kazue or, putting her aside,
of her family back home.
- 635. How dare you bring
a woman like that home.
- 636. And holding hands with her in your room.
I could hardly face the maid.
- 637. It's been two weeks now since
our protagonist abandoned his spot.
- 638. During that time,
- 639. various rumors and speculations
have swirled around our Watanabe-San.
- 640. All these rumors
and speculations coincide perfectly
- 641. with the notion that our Watanabe-San
is being very foolish indeed.
- 642. But Watanabe himself has
never taken his actions so seriously
- 643. in his entire life.
- 644. This isn't the city office,
- 645. where you waste a whole day
on an hour's work. It's more serious.
- 646. It's just, I...
- 647. Every minute I waste here
costs me money.
- 648. Then I'll see you tonight...
- 649. I'm exhausted at night.
I'd rather sleep than go out.
- 650. Besides, why are you always
taking me out?
- 651. It's just...
- 652. Let's stop doing this.
It doesn't feel right.
- 653. But, then, just one more night, okay?
- 654. No, it'll never end.
- 655. I'm sorry.
- 656. After tonight, no more, okay?
- 657. Shall we go for a stroll?
- 658. I've had it.
- 659. Next it'll be a sweet shop,
then a sushi or noodle joint.
- 660. What's the point of it all?
- 661. I feel badly that you keep treating me,
but I've had it up to here.
- 662. Besides, we've both run out
of things to say.
- 663. There's that face again.
- 664. The truth is,
you give me the creeps.
- 665. What's going on?
Why do you chase me around like this?
- 666. - In other words...
- In other words, what?
- 667. In other words, I really enjoy
spending time with you this way.
- 668. Keep your old man's infatuation.
- 669. No, it's just that I...
- 670. Why can't you spit it out,
instead of always dribbling?
- 671. - Are you mad?
- 672. I don't even know myself
- 673. why I keep following you around.
- 674. It's just, all I do know is...
- 675. You see, I'm going to die soon.
- 676. I've got stomach cancer.
It's right here.
- 677. Can you understand?
- 678. No matter what I do,
I've only got six months or a year left.
- 679. Ever since I've known that,
the way I felt about you became like...
- 680. I know. I nearly drowned in a pond
once when I was a child.
- 681. I felt exactly the same way then.
- 682. Everything seems black.
- 683. No matter how I struggle and panic,
there's nothing to grab hold of,
- 684. except you.
- And your son?
- 685. Don't talk to me about my son.
- 686. I have no son.
- 687. I'm all alone.
- 688. No, you really don't understand.
- 689. My son is somewhere far, far away.
- 690. just as my parents were
- 691. when I was drowning in that pond.
- 692. It hurts me even to think
about him now.
- 693. But why is anyone like me so...
- 694. It's just that, that, you're, I mean...
- 695. When I look at you,
it warms me up
- 696. right here.
- 697. This old... this old mummy...
- 698. In other words, you're like,
you seem like my family...
- 699. No, that's not right. You're young
and you're healthy, so that's why...
- 700. No, that's not right.
In other words,
- 701. in other words, why are you so
- 702. You're just so alive.
- 703. That's why I'm envious.
This old mummy envies you.
- 704. Before I die, I want to live
just one day like you do.
- 705. I'll live that way before I die.
- 706. Until I've done it,
I can't just give up and die.
- 707. In other words, I just...
- 708. I just want something to...
I want to do something.
- 709. But it's just that, I don't know what.
But you do know.
- 710. No, maybe you don't, but you...
- 711. But I don't...
- 712. No, tell me, how can I be like you?
- 713. - But all I do is work and eat...
- And what else?
- 714. That's all.
- 715. I mean it.
All I do is make these little things.
- 716. Even making these is so much fun.
- 717. Making them, I feel like I'm playing
with every baby in Japan.
- 718. Why don't you try
making something too?
- 719. What can I possibly make
at that office?
- 720. You're right. It's just impossible
to make anything there. So quit and go...
- 721. It's too late.
- 722. It's not too late.
- 723. No, it's not impossible.
- 724. I know I can do something there.
I just have to find the will.
- 725. There is something I can do...
- 726. It's a matter of time before he resigns.
His son came yesterday about his pension.
- 727. Which means
you'll finally be section chief.
- 728. Well, you never know.
- 729. Good morning.
- 730. Section Chief.
- 731. Ohno, I'd like you to...
- 732. PETITION BY THE WOMEN'S COMMITTEE
- 733. DESIGNATED IN CHARGE OF THIS MATTER.
- 734. But this belongs to Engineering.
- 735. No, this is just the sort of matter
- 736. that Public Affairs
must take the lead on.
- 737. This isn't just Engineering's problem.
- 738. Parks and Sewage also
have a responsibility.
- 739. - Say, get me a bicycle.
- 740. I'm going out to survey the site.
- 741. Put together a report today.
- 742. I think that's a little impossible.
- 743. No, not if you set your mind to it.
- 744. Five months later.
- 745. The protagonist of our story has died.
- 746. Let us see the deputy mayor.
He's here, right?
- 747. Five minutes.
just five minutes, please.
- 748. What should I tell them?
- 749. - But why press it when nothing's wrong?
- Are you sure?
- 750. Our claim is based on
- 751. Deputy Mayor, sir.
- 752. Although technically the Parks Dept.
and the Ward Committee built that park
- 753. with your backing, wasn't it really
Watanabe-San who built it?
- 754. That's the word.
- 755. But Watanabe was section chief
of Public Affairs.
- 756. The Park Department builds parks.
- 757. Sure, we understand that.
- 758. we're talking about the man who
kept the plan alive and saw it through.
- 759. The community residents believe
that was Watanabe-San.
- 760. They're all worried about why
Watanabe-San died in the park he created.
- 761. What do you mean?
- 762. Well, they had reservations
long before this.
- 763. You never mentioned Watanabe-San
in the speech you gave
- 764. at the park's opening ceremony.
- 765. They don't even call it a speech.
- 766. What was it, then?
- 767. Electioneering.
- 768. And also,
- 769. that Watanabe-San was snubbed
at the ceremony
- 770. and seated in the back row.
- 771. In other words, general sympathy
- 772. has given rise to a special
interpretation of his death at the park.
- 773. Meaning that his was an act of silent
protest against city officials.
- 774. So you're saying that Watanabe
- 775. or at least was prepared to,
when he froze to death there?
- 776. More or less.
- 777. It was snowing last night.
Sounds like a scene right out of a play.
- 778. However,
- 779. the truth is, an autopsy has clearly
established Watanabe's cause of death.
- 780. He neither committed suicide nor froze
to death. He died of stomach cancer.
- 781. - Stomach cancer?
- 782. Intestinal hemorrhaging.
- 783. Watanabe died suddenly,
when he himself had no idea.
- 784. If you've any doubts...
- 785. refer them to his hospital.
- 786. It doesn't sit right.
- 787. These newspapermen
and their lack of sensitivity.
- 788. Actually, it applies
to the general public.
- 789. Their fundamental antipathy towards
city officials will never do.
- 790. They just don't understand
how we function.
- 791. Take that little park in Kuroe,
- 792. Apparently the public seems to believe
that Watanabe built it.
- 793. But that's ridiculous.
- 794. I hate to say this at his wake.
- 795. And maybe I shouldn't,
in front of his family and relatives,
- 796. but I'll go ahead because I know
Watanabe himself would disagree.
- 797. Watanabe certainly went
to great pains
- 798. to make that park.
- 799. I take my hat off to his passion.
- 800. But all his efforts were
in the context of his office.
- 801. The idea that he went beyond
the scope of his office
- 802. to facilitate citizens' desires,
- 803. and actually made the park himself,
- 804. is nonsensical to those
who understand our bureaucracy.
- 805. I'm sure Watanabe himself is wincing.
- 806. However,
- 807. given that such rumors are surfacing,
perhaps we may have been remiss.
- 808. Everyone focused on that historic
project that rushed through construction.
- 809. Maybe we should have singled out
- 810. For instance,
- 811. section chief
of the Parks Department.
- 812. Or his superior,
the division chief in Engineering.
- 813. That's what you say, Deputy Mayor,
but here's what I think.
- 814. All the Parks' section chief and I did
was follow the dictates of our office.
- 815. But when you bear in mind
your own struggles
- 816. to rein in that notoriously political
- 817. and realize the park's construction,
- 818. it's you, Deputy Mayor,
who should be singled out.
- 819. None of that, now.
- 820. Some people have even criticized
my speech at the opening ceremony.
- 821. Isn't that right, Ohno?
- 822. Some even say
I was electioneering.
- 823. Excuse me.
The residents of Kuroe
- 824. are here asking to burn incense
for the deceased.
- 825. Dear.
- 826. It sure is cold.
- 827. May I pour one for you?
- 828. Oh, no, I'll go get warm sake.
- 829. What do you say?
Why don't you all move closer down here?
- 830. Why not?
- 831. - Over here, please.
- 832. Hayashi-San.
- 833. Here, Ohno-San.
- 834. Have all the big shots gone
to a meeting?
- 835. Yes.
- 836. No, they couldn't stand to stay here.
- 837. I don't care what anyone says.
It was Watanabe-San who made that park.
- 838. In their hearts, the deputy mayor
and his people know...
- 839. That's going too far.
As the deputy mayor said...
- 840. That's right. I'm not saying this
because I'm in the Parks Department,
- 841. but we planned, budgeted
and built that park.
- 842. No, that's not what I mean.
- 843. Let it go. I can understand
your feelings, but...
- 844. The point is,
he was in Public Affairs.
- 845. How dare he even think about
making a park.
- 846. Violating our bureaucratic turf.
- 847. No, if you've got to credit something,
it was coincidence that made that park.
- 848. - But in that...
- Just listen.
- 849. City council members had
an upcoming election to consider,
- 850. and the concession owners sniffed
a possible restaurant row,
- 851. and all that sure sped up work
on that landfill site.
- 852. - That's right.
- 853. That's exactly right.
- 854. But I just can't figure it out.
- 855. Why would anyone with his personality
suddenly up and change like that?
- 856. Right, it's a total mystery.
- 857. That's right, exactly.
- 858. In other words, with the benefit
of hindsight, it's obvious.
- 859. Watanabe-San must've known
he had stomach cancer.
- 860. That's why...
- 861. Oh, we were just discussing
- 862. whether or not your father knew
he had stomach cancer.
- 863. Well, if he'd known, I'm sure
he would have told me.
- 864. I see.
- 865. But I believe my father was fortunate
to die without realizing he had cancer.
- 866. Because that disease
is a death sentence.
- 867. I see. Well, that knocks out
- 868. What's that theory?
- 869. It's just that five months ago,
something transformed him.
- 870. You're right.
- 871. And none of us could make
heads or tails of what had changed him.
- 872. Well, that's the woman's touch.
- 873. A young mistress' hormones
- 874. can temporarily revive
an old man. Happens all the time.
- 875. Put a real sheen back on his cheeks.
- 876. The truth is, he'd recently
found a way to buff that sheen.
- 877. Right.
That explains that rakish hat.
- 878. You're right. Frankly, that hat
was quite a shocker.
- 879. Section Chief,
I think that's a little impossible.
- 880. No, not if we set our minds to it.
- 881. But...
- 882. My point is,
- 883. there was something extraordinary
about his dedication.
- 884. Yes, that's right.
- 885. I don't mean to argue, but a woman's
touch alone can't account for...
- 886. - But...
- 887. The thing is...
- 888. just doesn't...
- 889. Not to change the subject,
- 890. but there were times when his dogged
dedication threatened to derail it all.
- 891. That's city hall for you.
Gotta guard your turf.
- 892. What I just can't wrap
my head around
- 893. is why a 30-year veteran
of the place suddenly...
- 894. That's because Watanabe-San...
- 895. In any event,
- 896. hawking that park proposal of his
around every section
- 897. practically guaranteed
everyone would dig in their heels.
- 898. Including our own section chief.
Parks were our business, not Watanabe's.
- 899. We have our own proposals
for new parks.
- 900. Can't you reconsider?
This site is really terrible.
- 901. But making a park isn't as simple
- 902. as you outline in your proposal.
- 903. No, this proposal is just a...
- 904. I understand.
- 905. I'll take my time
and go over it thoroughly.
- 906. But the thing is, ultimately,
the parks' section chief
- 907. caved in to his peculiar determination.
- 908. You've got a point there.
Our section chief gave in, too.
- 909. He was something.
- 910. Watanabe waited days
for the answer he wanted.
- 911. Our section chief used to
sneak around, trying to avoid him.
- 912. That's right.
- 913. Engineering Section Chief,
- 914. Couldn't believe he stooped
to flattering peons like me.
- 915. Won't you please...
- 916. Isn't there a way...
- 917. Finally, we took pity on him.
- 918. That's right. In the end
we all took pity on him.
- 919. But, hey, you guys in Administration,
- 920. you were the worst of all.
- 921. That's not...
- 922. No, I always went with him,
so I know.
- 923. You made us beg for two weeks.
How could I forget?
- 924. I'm sorry.
- 925. But then, remember that shocker?
- 926. Yeah, what a shocker.
- 927. DEPUTY MAYOR'S OFFICE
- 928. But you know
what was even more shocking?
- 929. The thing with the deputy mayor?
- 930. I heard, I heard.
What a shock.
- 931. A lowly section chief
openly defying the deputy mayor.
- 932. Made history at City Hall.
- 933. About that new park.
- 934. It's one thing to show initiative,
- 935. but you don't want people to think
of you as self-aggrandizing.
- 936. And the City Council's got
problems of its own.
- 937. I think it's best you give up
- 938. Last night, we were treated
to a geisha party.
- 939. Man, geisha these days
- 940. One of 'em spent the whole evening
sulking and clammed up.
- 941. The madam said she was
a student, a moonlighter.
- 942. That's a laugh.
- 943. Won't you please...
- 944. reconsider this proposal...
- 945. What did you just say?
- 946. Yes.
- 947. Um...
- 948. About that park,
- 949. won't you reconsider your decision?
- 950. But the thing is,
- 951. when you think back, was it worth
his taking it that far?
- 952. He was crazy.
- 953. It's just that in City Hall
everyone's guarding his own turf.
- 954. But after that, the deputy mayor
did reconsider. So...
- 955. No, because the City Council rode him.
Coincidence, in other words.
- 956. It's too sentimental to attribute it all
to Watanabe-san's dedication.
- 957. Sentimental...
- 958. Is that so?
I don't see it that way.
- 959. The point is, the world is a dark place
if his dedication was pointless.
- 960. It is a dark place.
- 961. First of all,
- 962. just the sight of Watanabe-San.
It was like
- 963. he kept himself going
with nothing but work.
- 964. Wasn't that how it seemed?
- 965. Sometimes he even
gave me the chills.
- 966. When was that? I was...
- 967. It reminds me of seeing him
at that construction site.
- 968. How can I put it?
The way he gazed out over the site,
- 969. like a father or grandfather
tenderly watching a favorite child...
- 970. Of course it was.
- 971. Because Watanabe-San
cherished that park.
- 972. So, in that case...
- 973. It's exactly what I told you before.
Whatever anyone may say,
- 974. Watanabe-San built it...
- 975. But if the City Council and deputy
mayor hadn't been facing an election,
- 976. they'd have ditched the proposal.
- 977. Watanabe-San had nothing to do
with the crucial decisions.
- 978. No, that's not actually true.
- 979. - Oh, really?
- 980. The folks who wanted
that restaurant row
- 981. hated having Watanabe
in their way. The thing is...
- 982. Section Chief.
- 983. - Hey, you Section Chief of Public Affairs?
- 984. just the man I wanted to see.
- 985. Old man, you keep your fat trap shut.
- 986. What on earth are you trying to...
- 987. Don't fuck with me.
- 988. No hard feelings.
just shut up and back down.
- 989. Hey, say something.
- 990. You're risking your life.
- 991. This is him, Watanabe.
- 992. I just don't get it.
- 993. Why would anyone like him just...
- 994. I just don't...
- 995. No. Watanabe-San knew
he had stomach cancer. I'm positive.
- 996. But...
- 997. I just suddenly remembered...
- 998. This is just inexcusable.
- 999. We've been at this for two weeks.
- 1000. At least they could tell us
whether or not the funds are there.
- 1001. Administration's just cruel.
- 1002. They'll allocate the funds anyway.
It's not their personal money.
- 1003. Now, now, there.
- 1004. But doesn't it make you furious
when they walk all over you this way?
- 1005. No.
- 1006. I can't afford to hate people.
- 1007. I haven't got that kind of time.
- 1008. Meaning...
- 1009. Say. Speaking of that...
- 1010. I've got another one like that.
- 1011. How beautiful.
- 1012. How truly beautiful.
- 1013. In the last 30 years,
I'd all but forgotten about sunsets.
- 1014. But I haven't got time for this now.
- 1015. Thought so.
- 1016. Now I see.
- 1017. Knowing he didn't have
long left to live...
- 1018. It makes everything clear as day.
- 1019. Otherwise, it makes no...
- 1020. Well, that explains his extraordinary
passion and his outrageous behavior.
- 1021. How else could he have been?
- 1022. Absolutely.
We'd have done the same.
- 1023. But any one of us
could suddenly drop dead.
- 1024. Listen here.
- 1025. Hey, Section Chief.
- 1026. I mean you, the newly appointed
Public Affairs Section Chief.
- 1027. Don't you hear me?
- 1028. I haven't been promoted yet.
- 1029. Hey!
- 1030. Ohno!
- Cut it out.
- 1031. What the hell did you just say?
- 1032. "We would've done it, too?"
- 1033. Don't make me laugh.
- Hey, cut it out.
- 1034. You couldn't have done
what Watanabe-San did.
- 1035. Make me laugh.
- 1036. Say, Ohara-San...
- 1037. The thing is...
- 1038. I may look like this...
- 1039. - I only graduated middle school...
- 1040. So I'll never make section chief
in my life...
- 1041. Compared to Watanabe-San,
we've all just...
- 1042. We're just worthless scum.
- 1043. Hey, you assholes, too...
- 1044. Why, that's...
- 1045. That's right, we're all scum.
- 1046. But some of us were okay
when we started out at City Hall.
- 1047. But the longer you stay...
Even I didn't used to be like...
- 1048. You're not supposed to do
- 1049. Doing anything but nothing
- 1050. We have to act like we're
doing something but do nothing.
- 1051. - That's right.
- That's exactly right.
- 1052. The thing is,
- 1053. in order to clean up a garbage can
- 1054. you need a garbage can
full of paperwork.
- 1055. That's exactly right.
- 1056. That's just an excuse.
We're robbing people of valuable time.
- 1057. The public's upset by bribes
and 40,000 cars and so on,
- 1058. but those are just farts next to this
invisible, colossal waste of time.
- 1059. Now you listen here.
- 1060. I worry about these things, too.
- 1061. But the thing is, inside that
complex system, it's impossible.
- 1062. Besides, there's never time
to think in there.
- 1063. Idiots!
- 1064. No, but the thing is,
- 1065. Ohara-San,
- 1066. even within a system
where you can't get a thing done,
- 1067. and battling stomach cancer at that,
- 1068. Watanabe-San managed
to accomplish so much.
- 1069. That's it.
That's what I'm trying to say.
- 1070. That's why I get so angry.
- 1071. That's what I'm saying.
- 1072. That Watanabe-San,
with no expectations...
- 1073. Exactly. When you remember
how Watanabe-San staked his life...
- 1074. Who dares claim his achievements!
- 1075. The deputy mayor.
Spit it out!
- 1076. That's going too far.
- 1077. Listen.
- 1078. How do you think he felt
- 1079. dying all alone in that park?
- 1080. just thinking about it...
- 1081. A policeman brought this.
He said he'd found it in the park.
- 1082. And he really wants
to light incense for the deceased.
- 1083. Thank you for taking the trouble.
- 1084. You don't have to go.
- 1085. Thank you for your trouble.
- 1086. Let me pour you one.
- 1087. Actually, I...
- 1088. Last night, I was
- 1089. on patrol in the new park
- 1090. when I met him.
- 1091. It was 10:00 o'clock- no.
- 1092. Nearly 11:00.
- 1093. He was on the swing,
- 1094. and what with all that snow,
- 1095. I just assumed
he was some drunk.
- 1096. No, it was a dereliction of my duty.
- 1097. If only I'd taken him in,
like I first intended,
- 1098. he'd never have ended up...
- 1099. How can I apologize to you?
- 1100. But he seemed to be
so perfectly happy.
- 1101. How can I explain?
- 1102. He poured his whole heart
into that song of his.
- 1103. His haunting voice...
- 1104. pierced...
- 1105. the very depths of my own soul.
- 1106. Life is brief
- 1107. Fall in love, maidens
- 1108. Before the crimson bloom
- 1109. Fades from your lips
- 1110. Before the tides of passion
- 1111. Cool within you
- 1112. For those of you
- 1113. Who know no tomorrow
- 1114. Hey, last night,
- 1115. under the stairs, I found an envelope
with my name on it.
- 1116. It had Dad's bankbook
and seal inside,
- 1117. along with forms for expediting
his retirement bonus.
- 1118. So he left it before
he went to the park?
- 1119. But Dad was so cruel.
- 1120. If he had stomach cancer,
why didn't he tell us?
- 1121. Hey, his girl never showed up.
- 1122. You think that was for real?
- 1123. I'll do it.
- 1124. I swear.
- Line up behind him.
- 1125. We can't waste
- 1126. I'll work at it
like I'm a man reborn.
- 1127. Sacrifice the self to serve the many.
- 1128. - Don't forget this feeling.
- I'll do it...
- 1129. Section Chief.
- 1130. The sewage main break in Kisaki
is overflowing into Takao.
- 1131. Engineering.
- 1132. Your complaint is a matter for
Engineering, desk 8.
- 1133. Kenbo, Yoko.
- 1134. Yoko, Kenbo.
- 1135. Suppertime.
- 1136. THE END