Hana yori mo naho (2006) Script

In the year 1701, in a royal hallway of Edo castle, Lord Akou assaulted Kira, a nobleman, with his sword!

Lord Akou was made to commit hara-kiri as his vassals scattered as ronin, disguised as merchants and doctors...

Our story begins one year later, in a poor neighbourhood in Edo By this winter morning, sword fighting has blown out of fashion with the wind

For Rent

Wake up!

Morning time... Wake up!

Quick, wash your face and get down to the fish market Let me sleep a little longer, Onobu...

You took the day off yesterday The sun's already up!

Hurry up! I'll leave you behind

All this noise every damned morning

Please let me escape this dump

Is master Soza up and about?

What's your business with him? I'm sure you're up to no good Do you have to put it like that? He needs my advice, that's all Hurry, Pa, or they'll close the fish market I'm taking the day off You took the day off yesterday What are you still doing in bed?

Good morning, Osae san Already off?

The weather's so fine, I'll deliver the sewing I've finished Good for you Off you go Did you hear that?!

Who cares


Ouch! What the hell Can't be helped in such close quarters...

Watch yourself

How's things?

You know they're never good Right At this rate, I'll never get Onobu to marry me Fool, you know Onobu's going to marry me There you go again Later

HANA


I envy you If your revenge plan goes well, you'll be a rich and respected man You can leave this seedy life behind

Lucky your father left you a score to settle My father died peacefully that's no use at all Hirano san, where to, today?

To the castle Oh, to see your friend, the retainer?

Enough of that ingrate I've got a relative who's assigned to the study in Edo castle I am off to petition him for an official post A good position in contact with the Shogun I once did this man a favor...

Off already?

I must be on my way

Hey, ronin If you want the castle, it's this-a-way Excuse me

You heard? He knows one of the government retainers And has a relative in the castle study Oh, no, the tale keeps getting taller and taller I found him, your enemy Not, again...

This time, I swear it's him

The water's perfect


I know another guy...

"Height 175cm, fair skin with regular teeth WANTED Ah, the marked cheek is on his face, not his backside...

Yes Age?

Thirty Thirty...

Much older looking since I last saw him...

Don't lose heart, Soza Finding a man in Edo's sprawl is like winning the lottery It could take 10 years, no, 20...

Hey, sis, another sake Patience...

But he's the right height, right?


I'll go over it once more so listen well Our shit fertilizes the rice paddies and fields That's why the farmer pays money to buy it from the rich landlord, who owns this tenement And that money pays for New Year's rice cakes for all of us You mean, rice cakes come from shit?

Well, not quite, but you're not far off, either Useless, it's damp!

That's a fine sum Don't be stingy with those rice cakes Save that line for when you've paid your rent And I don't recall letting a room to that prancing idiot beside you

I'll work hard for lots of rice cakes next year Yeah, let's do that

Despite the passage of time you've yet to avenge your father Our entire family struggles to sustain itself My frugal housekeeping permits me to forward this sum, but alas, there is no more...

The samurai goes to the bath house daily, thanks to money made off peasants' backs...

I bet... You've never killed a soul

Just like you've never used that sword against anyone How the hell are you ever going to avenge your father?

“How the hell..."

I'll strike him with all my might and if that's not sufficient, I'll take my life gracefully just like the cherry blossoms That's the Warrior's way of death This, my father taught me

One rainy night last spring, the man who lived here, was ruined and decided to end it all He got as far as slashing his wife's throat, but then his only kid turned on him and stabbed him Hearing the noise I rushed over, this place was a sea of blood

Right about where you're sitting now...

The old man was bleeding to death, guts spurting I wouldn't call that graceful...

I'd call it a massacre That's what a man's death means Don't talk about living and dying, without being ready for the worst


Good morning, Soza san Good morning Are you going out?

Just to the toilet You, Osae san?

We're going to pray at the shrine You should come, Soza san No, Shinnosuke He's a busy man

Mother

Good day Good day

What did you pray for?

That I may find my enemy soon Mother?

That you may stay a sweet-natured boy And you?

That Father will return safely

How can one god answer so many prayers?

Come here, come here and buy Take a look at these toys, very popular!

I've got every kind We go this-a-way, we go that-a-way

My husband died of a lung disease when our boy was only two Today is his monthly anniversary I see...

Time keeps passing by and I haven't yet told him the truth

What does that say?

No tabs What's a tab?

A tab? A tab means...

You want to eat now but pay later Sada san's always asking for that Actually, he never, ever pays his tabs, so we call someone like him "a deadbeat"

How do you write “run out on debts?"

“Deadbeat?” The way you write it...

You write "step out"... with "on your debts" means “run out"

Let's try that again Abacus and Writing Lessons Clear the abacus for the next calculation...

Abacus and Writing Lessons That's 7 pence Eight pence Five pence Two pence Three pence If you're going to teach, why not teach swordfighting?

What's the point in a world with no more war? Idiot But a samurai teaching the abacus?

Got nothing to do with avenging...

As they say, “Hunger is a terrible master..."

"Hunger's the master"

The point is, a man doesn't need to read if he's got the guts to fight As they say here, “Only the countrymen keep their money"

We spend our money as soon as we make it. Who needs calculations?

You're not even from around here You're in the way, move What do you want in there?

Soza san to teach me how to write You, too?

At least I'll learn how to write my own name You have no guts You should learn, too

Damn it

"My own name" my ass!

I'll never write a single word, until the day I die


Everyone finished?


Can you believe Kenbo's learning to write?

He's smart and good looking

Good bye

See you tomorrow


Clinic

Isn't he going to inherit the martial arts academy?

Yes, his father was a grand fencing master A samurai teaching kids to write...

It's not right You... should investigate He may be have ties to Kira I warned you about this Even scattered, it's risky with too many of us in town

All right Not to worry, it's nothing Though I can't heal much more than this Soza san, is this the first time you've met Kichiemon?

Yes I'm Kichiemon I'm Aoki Soza-emon Soza san has come from up north, to avenge his father I see Revenge, huh...

It's been over two and a half years now, with no leads...

Two and a half years, I'm sorry But why here? Any special reason?

These places often shelter strangers A good place to seek my enemy...

Strangers?

Master Aoki, what do you do for fun?

Fun?

My pleasures are... Bathing and...

I also keep birds And I like to play Go Kichiemon also enjoys Go Why not challenge each other?

Yes, an excellent plan

Over a game of Go...

Yes It was at a Go tournament

"You've called halt four times" “No, it's only three," that's how it began

"You're just an idiot, how dare you call me a liar! Draw!"

I'm so sorry

He always longed to die at war Dying over a silly dispute Must have been a shame

At least...

If he had died in a manner more worthy of a warrior...

One moment


I've always been... handy this way

That's all for today, Soza san So I stand at 7 wins, 3 losses Do come back

Welcome

Don't stare

Done yet?

Not yet Tell me when you're done I hope it's a lot

A lot, a lot

A lot, a lot

Revenge?

That's right It's just a play A play?

This'll be your first Every spring festival, Shigehachi writes a script and we stage a revenge play Despite his looks, this guy's smart Despite my looks...

I've got more confidence in my brains than my guts Same goes for me The crowd paid us well last year Osae san looked so pretty in her costume Osae san, too?

They only love our show so much, half aware it's a farce, because real fights are so scarce We make money...

Thanks to those cowardly Akou ronin who can't avenge their Lord

Did they beat you up, Shinbo?

No What then?

They made fun of me How?

They said I live like a pig in a rubbish heap What the hell?

And that everyone who lives here is trash Who the hell said that?

Don't get so upset, they're just kids Besides, they're right They said "why bother buying trash, just sell your own"

That'd be me Got that right What's wrong with my work?

Bring the brat here I'll beat the shit outta him Hurry up, bring the brat Soza san Teach me to use a sword I really want to beat them Sounds great Teach him, Soza Act like a samurai for once My father made me promise no fighting outside the academy That's pretty useless I'll teach you Come here

Hold this Grab this tight Hold it in front of your belly Hold it really straight Lift it straight up and... Bring it down

What's going on here?

Shinbo's practicing vengeance For the play?

No, the genuine article Swing it down hard And shout

Oto san What would you do in his place?

I'd learn how to take a punch without getting hurt How's that?

Let 'em hit you where it doesn't hurt and call it quits Who taught you that pathetic trick?

My dad, before he died What a legacy!

Your mom's a real terror...

Yup, it's come in real handy. Thanks, Dad Don't force it Give it here Hold this, straight, straight When you're ready to strike...

That's it

Shinbo, come on, hit me like you mean it Hey, that's dangerous Come and get me, crybaby You want to win, right?


Listen It's no good swinging like that useless Lord Akou Swords are made for thrusting Got it? Try it

That's right, that's good Aim at their knees and ankles, where it's hard and it'll hurt That's cheating...

Say, noble samurai Why don't you come after me?

I think not It's childish to take on an amateur No need to worry I want to show Shinbo, fencing learned in a dojo, is useless in reality


Find any fish?

Watch out!

Mago!

He's useless...

Cheater

Listen up, Shinbo This way, they'll never bother you again If that's not your style, get that guy to show you how to take a punch without getting hurt


Somebody... Look after Soza san

Hey, there's a sudden chill in the air

Taking a few days off


Daddy, you're home!

It's spinning It's caught You're right Other way This time the other way


Welcome home Thanks What's that?

It was just lying there Someone was in a hurry

I'm home, baby Can you hear?


Hirano san...

Are you all right?

Do you have a stomach ache?

Hirano san...

Hey, Sada san!

Look what a mess you made of the floor The landlord won't like this Get a doctor, quick!

He'll be fine, it's the third time And the sword's bamboo He tries to commit hara-kiri every spring Pathetic Ouch Listen, if you do this on the floor, it's a pain in the neck to clean up If you must, do it on the dirt floor Answer me Oh, no!

Soza san, please get Dr. Onodera

Soza san What a bunch of hopeless losers...

Bamboo...

Osae san...

Thank you

I could've sworn he was taller Enough of your stories Give me the money Money?

Oh, hello Pick it up

Sada san I'm grateful What for? I was in the mood for something sweet

Actually, Sada san Why so serious, suddenly?

I've already found him... Kanazawa Jubei Changed his name Heisuke, right?

He's a laborer in Kawaracho That widow he's living with is a beauty You knew! Yeah, I knew Since when? For a while But you... Listen

Have you told anyone else yet?

Then let's keep it secret In this day and age, this samurai revenge thing's out of style Besides, with your skills, you're doomed

Think I can have another?

Another, please

So, sell any?

Not this crap

Welcome home, Soza san Another day Off to the bath with Sada? Treat me, sometime

Wish I'd get a good job Tried buying scraps?

No way!

Why?

Stinks Figured

What do you see, Mago?

I see night


Say, Soza san What will happen to your bird?

I wonder...

Is he stuck underground forever?

It's dark and it's cold and he won't like it I wonder if my father's underground somewhere

Shinbo...

Don't tell my mother She still thinks he's going to come home

Sure

Let's pray again, that your father's in some place warm


On his deathbed, my father held my hand and begged, “Soza, please avenge me"

But I'm a hopeless swordsman, and haven't fulfilled this task His one dying wish That is my inheritance Inheritance?

Yes It's why I have to pay back his enemy with my own hands Is that true?

I can understand your feelings, but this is how I see it If, after living his whole life, your father left you nothing but hate, it would be unbearably sad

Mother, come

"Owing to my imminent starvation, "I pray you will send funds

“upon receipt of this letter

"May I inquire, Father, "whether you are happy and healthy?

"Hope you will take

“the very best care of yourself

"Yours, Sakutaro"

That's what it says So, how will you reply?

Reply?

I have no reply

What, a samurai?

So spoilt You have no skills I wouldn't be so proud if I were you

What's the big deal over those two swords you have?

The village dumpling-maker serves them three at a time

Whenever he gets that drunk, he brings old letters in for me to read He never once sent a reply, so he's bad for business...

Soza san, why do you think samurai exist?

Why?

Peasants grow rice Merchants sell things

Just as that drunk said, samurai alone make nothing, and sell nothing

The samurai were meant to live, giving and taking life at war

Time has passed and war is over But the samurai remain I'd say that's the root of their troubles

Say, that gives me an idea

Will that lazy Oishi ever come to Edo?

That's why I keep saying We should've attacked the Kira mansion when they forced our lord into hara-kiri But that chief retainer...

He's hopeless He and his son are both sex maniacs The father chases female ass, the son chases male ass Old man Kira's retired now...

At this rate, he'll die of old age before we can kill him Onodera san, it's hardly the time for poetry Oh, sorry But there's nothing gained by panicking

"A prayer for a despised enemy's

"longevity"

Revenge, revenge!

"Art thou Akiyama Gengobei?"

They're making a racket Are they trying to rub it in?

"My son and I...

"rain drenched and windswept...

“The trials and...

“The trials and tribulations of such times..."

Mocking the Warrior's sacred vengeance They won't get away with this

"Now, fight and fight fair"

"I cut my enemy down in warrior's vengeance, not petty motives

"Now you deserve revenge"

Listen, Soza This isn't the Kabuki No need to overdo it And now, "Not so fast, just a little wait, please"

That's my cue to step in and mediate Hey, can I say the "Not so fast" line?

The part's way too much for you Do the best with your "Revenge!" part For once, I want a big part You're lucky to even get any lines

"It is a day for admiring blossoms

“Can you face the gods if your swords draw blood among the temple-goers?

"Out of respect for me, won't you postpone this fight?"

And if the enemy also does a little dance, the crowd will applaud

Soza san, excuse me I'd like to discuss something What is it?

Not here May I come to your place?

Oh, don't bother I won't stay long

Please don't make a fuss

Ouch, ouch...

He's just sipping tea quietly Hurry up and jump her, man Despite his looks...

Um...

I don't know if I should be asking you this...

But it's too late to ask Shigehachi san...

Um...

What do "Drifting log mokki"' and "Udonge flower" mean?

Mokki... you mean?

It's one of my lines in the play, but I've never been able to figure out what it means Mokki...

I wonder how you write it...

A mouki is...

The characters are "blind" and "turtle"

A turtle, worn out with swimming, finally rests refuge on a floating log The "udonge flower" blooms once every 3 thousand years Because the rare “udonge" flower resemble a spider web, “udonge" has slowly come to mean the spider's web as well...

Mokki?


All done Soza, don't be so nervous It's just acting How will you manage a real revenge?

“Cherry blossoms are blessed only when they have all fallen"

When it's time for a samurai to die, one hopes to fall gracefully, like these cherry blossoms Make sure you do, on your fourth try

“Only the countrymen..."

You're not from here, right?

I bet cherry blossoms fall gracefully 'cause they know they'll bloom next year Otherwise, they'd never give up A point for Mago

"Not exactly, but not far off, neither"

Right, “neither"

“Hunger is a terrible..."

You don't really understand any of it

A revenge! A revenge!

A revenge! A revenge!

How was I?

Just fine Shit What? Some guys I'd rather not see What? A big tab? Enormous I know, will you take my "Not so fast" line, too?

Me?

Don't worry, you can do it

"All to avenge this grudge, my son and I, "rain drenched, windswept, "by the trials and tribulations of such times..."

"Meeting you like a mokki reaching driftwood

“the flowering of the udonge..."

“Now fight, and fight fair"

"I cut my enemy down in Warrior's vengeance, not petty motives

"Now you deserve revenge"

It's your moment!

What's the hold up?

Hurry up Kill him

Not so fast!

We've heard she avenges her dead husband In these peaceful times, a fine example of a warrior's wife To ignore her plight would disgrace any samurai An excellent chance to showcase our samurai training Though we may be inadequate, we offer our assistance

A gracious offer, but my son and I, must do this with our own hands...

Listen, I'll strike both his arms You, his legs... Strike Once he's disabled, you deliver the deathblow


"Not so fast!"

So fast


Coward - Lessons Available How about taking his wife or child hostage?

I can't do that Set his house on fire and get him as he escapes...

Attack him in bed?

Sada san Retribution must befit a samurai...

But if by some miracle you succeed, you'll win vast lands There's got to be a way to avenge him without risking your life Are you taking this seriously?

I am You sure? I don't think it's just that you're weak, you've got some other real hesitation about seeking revenge

Oh, I know You've fallen in love with that beautiful widow Quite the stud, you widow-killer!

"Widow..."

How about a mask?

Hello Oh, you had your baby!


Uncle?

Soza


His eyes are just like yours Cut it out, you're wrong What? He's not your child?

Uncle! Think about it I only left home 3 years ago This boy is at least 8 years old Is that so?

What's your name?

Shinnosuke Your age?

Eight Children these days grow up so fast...

I've kept you waiting Why, thank you Shinnosuke, come with me Soza san has important business It's not so important I feared his spirits might be low Thought I'd take him to a brothel to distract him But I'm relieved at what I see There's absolutely no need for my concerns

I worry because he's always been a little immature, but how's "it" going?

Uncle What "it?"

I mean... with his pen Oh... he's very skillful Excellent Onobu across the street says she's really improved because of him That's amazing My boy's getting better at it every day What? Your boy!

Isn't he on the young side?

I was at least 12...

What will you do for your father's anniversary next month?

Ah, yes...

When they find out "Shy Soza" has quite a set-up here in Edo, it won't just be relatives talking, it'll be the entire clan

Watch it, Ma!

Shut up!

You useless ass!

This place is full of life Wouldn't mind moving in myself I swear I'll go to the fish market tomorrow Please open up, Onobu Onobu? Where's Onobu?

Uncle, let's go But what about Onobu...


Take care


What on earth, have you been up to, these 3 past years?

I am deeply sorry You think apologies are enough, you idiot I sent you off to avenge your father, as if you had succeeded, you might have slightly improved your pathetic reputation But not even a single lead...

The monthly allowance the clan provides you is not inconsiderable Monthly?

Brother, there's another reason why he hasn't located his enemy...

Uncle

Our Shy little Soza has made a child with a beautiful woman The child is already 8 years old The sword is not merely intended to inflict wounds and claim lives When swords clash, life encounters life, death encounters death, in a tempestuous conflict, giving birth to a genuine dialogue That is the samurai's joy and sorrow That is the only path of the samurai In these peaceful times which know no war, the samurai must reveal this beauty to the peasantry...

There are less of them... than 3 years ago With war unlikely, they know that fencing is useless in advancing their career

Look, here Our enemy Kanazawa's, ancestral home He'd been living alone with his invalid mother Soon after he killed Father, his mother, unable to face the world, and passed away...

I never knew How sad for her How sad?

How can you feel pity, brother?

He got what he deserved But what did his mother have to do with it?

How can you be so soft?

Have you forgotten Father's dying wish?

I'm sorry You're "sorry..."

You've changed these past 3 years What sort of life have you been leading in Edo?

You have no right to pray at Father's grave


Observe my belated vengeance!

Prepare!

I avenge my father!

Take care of yourself I've got a lady friend to visit here Listen...

Your father was a prude, with no enjoyment of life's subtle pleasures, but now that he's gone, he's left a nice setup for you The gods will punish you if you waste her

Revenge isn't the only way to demonstrate your devotion Bye Soza


Don't you think, that's overdoing it?

I'm a living creature, too I deserve a better life They say a dog's curse obstructs the birth of the shogun's heir Maybe he ate one...

Fans, fans for sale

Sode san

Why would you be picking flowers?

What about you?

They're for my dead mother I don't have money to buy any You look after your folks

Say, you're hurt Another fight with gangsters?

You're hopeless. Why do you always get yourself beat up?

A mystery

Don't you have anyone special?

If I did, would it fill my stomach?

It wouldn't fill your stomach, but if you had someone special, maybe you'd be a little less reckless

You're such a baby, Onobu You know, having someone special would only make me more reckless I'm just worried about you


Well cleaning, well cleaning

All right pull up

Slowly, slowly

All right, release

Release it more

Release it more

A little more

All right, lift it

Let's go help


Soza!


Making New Year's cakes and cleaning wells are work for a samurai's servant Never heard of a samurai pulling a rope

Look, the landlord's new wife He sure managed to get himself a beauty He spent good money buying her out of a brothel Not even been 3 years since the last one died Money does make the world go round

He knows her?

The man gets around

"Why Sode san, you're as handsome as ever"

"You're looking pretty yourself"

"You mustn't, I'm a wife, now"

You sure married well A landlord's wife is a long way up from a humble village It wasn't my choice You didn't choose the brothels, either?

No woman chooses the brothels Women have it good Always got a job waiting You really want to hear, all about how I survived, these last 15 years?

I'll pass

Why won't you build us a decent outhouse?

Don't be foolish I'm destroying these tenements to build new ones

Unfortunately, you'll be ringing in the new year somewhere else

Interesting...

These days, it seems like my shit's been runny I'll be with you soon Cut it out, Dad Can't you see, I'm eating Shut up! It's none of your business what I say to my wife Talking about your shit, at this hour! You're not Mago san If you're going to fuss, fuss over the back rent you owe

Listen, Onobu, about Kenbo...

No matter how you look at him, Kenbo's your child In 10 years, I won't even be able to tell you apart I've got my hands full now I'm in no mood to discuss your shit with you, Dad! Just shut up!

Here goes!

Sode san's out Please, don't come here

Why not?

Because... whatever happened in the past, I don't think Sode san can find happiness with you You get right to the point, don't you And you think he'll find happiness with you?

I just don't want to spend my whole life in this dump Listen Remember this When you leave, it'll be because you're worse off than you are now


They say there's a place over in Nakano where they feed strays If we get thrown out of here, we can go Fool. They only feed dogs, not humans I was born in the Year of the Dog Still no good?

We're less than dogs to the Shogun anyway Pisses me off


With so many of us, how come we can't figure out how many men guard their mansion!

There has to be a way to figure it out

Kichiemon Don't you have an idea?

The volume of crap in the outhouse should give us a good idea Crap?

Spoken like a true ex-peasant Excuse me

Who are you?

What do you mean by that? I'm here to collect your rent The question is, who are you?

We're ill... ill...

You're ill...?

No, no, we have no ill intentions And nothing to do with Kira...

We're just wounded is all There are quite a few of you...

Chief retainer arrived from Kyoto!

Oishi-sama's here!

All right, let's go Finally!

Hey, wait, that's my umbrella!

Let's have a look Oh, no Your business is really doing well

No charge But can you wait for the rent?

No extra charge I'm begging you If you take that knife, Dad can't work at the fish market anymore You owe 6 months' back rent!

Besides, he never works anyway

Hey there

If all my tenants were prospective avengers, I'd actually collect rent

You're welcome to move in to my new tenement

Um...

Can't you hold off...

Let us all live here a while longer

"Let us all live here?"

A fine phrase, but you're dreaming No wonder they all take advantage of you Don't talk to me like that, when you've never worked a day in your life Or are you willing to cover everyone's back rent?

If you live here, you pay

My, my, the landlord making the rounds himself in this rain

My tenants are more likely to stay home in this weather. Easier to collect

Besides, I can't risk sending my gorgeous wife here Who knows what might happen

What do you mean, "Risk?"

I heard You're childhood friends You were engaged What's that got to do with you?

Oh, how scary Time to be going Too bad, but she's my wife I won't let you touch her

This fatty meat... from that other white one was better than this black one...

Four of you eating from one pot?

You're all wet Have a bowl and warm up Don't mind if I do

By the way, that German or English doctor, Kaempfer, who visited the Shogun, sold him an elixir for immortality for 20,000 ryo

20,000 ryo!

I hear it's made of mermaid flesh Wonder if it works

20,000 ryo is fantastic...

He's got no children so he's got to live as long as he can Sure is greedy Just like a landlord I know

20,000 ryo, is like...

20,000 ryo is...

Hey... this...

Mind your manners Sit when you eat What kind of meat is this?

This? What was it?

This is... you know...

You see it riding on that platform...

It's dog

Tastes pretty good Today, it's a little tougher than usual Than usual?

You know what'll happen if the Shogun finds out!

He won't, if you keep your mouth shut Besides, you ate some, too

Hey, you can't eat and run Leave the knife in payment I'll drive you out! Every last one of you!

Thanks for your patronage Come back soon!

It's been 5 days now Can't even go to work You hardly work even when the sun's shining But when it keeps pouring this way, it even makes you feel poorly Right?

I haven't been able to shit at all How long?

It's 4 days now It's 5 days for me Look how bloated I am...

See?

You're right


What is it?

I've got no business with you

Move Are you going to disappear again?


I hate the rain

When it rains, I always remember that night I see your face against that bloody ceiling

I should've died, too, back then If I had...

Is that how you've always felt? How sad

Cut it out

You're not the only one whose folks nearly killed you What?

What do you want me to do?

Come with me...

Somewhere far away...

Of course not...

It's too late for that


I've got his baby, inside my belly

Is that so?

You're having a baby

You'll have a new family

That's good

Forget it

You have your baby, become a mother,

get old,

and go all wrinkly Can I watch you the whole time?


You live in a filthy dump, dressed up like a samurai You'll never amount to anything, anyway What's so great about being a samurai?

We were born better than you Who says so? Bring him here What!

Get 'em!

Wait!

What's with them?

Strange Let's go

Yoshibo

Before you said, “What's so great about being a samurai?"

That's what Daddy says, when he drinks I see... your father does Daddy tells me to run from fights But I hate running, so I had a different idea People who are truly strong, don't fight without a reason Your father must be a man of great character Yeah Excuse me Oh, it's Mom

Hello

I live across the way I'm sorry they've caused you trouble Hey, Yoshi!

Were you fighting again?

What did you promise your father?

I wasn't in a fight, right?

Hi, Shinbo Your mother said she has a few more customers to visit Please wait for her a little longer It's all right I'll wait until she returns I'll be going then Come play with my son again Tomorrow

I wonder if Daddy will come home early I wonder He said he'd make me a wheel Won't that be nice

There's a portrait of my father Would you like to see it?

Of your father?

I know she looks at it secretly at night

Here it is

WANTED

Doesn't he look strong?

Don't tell Mother

What's wrong, Soza san?


I fell into the crap...


I... may be dressed up as a simple drug seller, but in fact I'm a samurai I say samurai, but I'm just a foot soldier, a former peasant I see

So all I think about is wanting to die a samurai's death Then I'll finally be a real samurai That way, my son can truly live as a samurai's son I can't leave him any land or money...

So it's the least I can do

Kichiemon san,

who taught you how to play Go?

After I began carrying swords, however badly Everyone told me it would make me more like a samurai I learned by watching

My father taught me When I was a child

I'd forgotten that...

I learned more from my father than fencing...

You're very lucky

I'm grateful

Truly grateful

I'll pass on the basics of Go to Shinbo, soon


A revenge, a revenge... After a 3 year search for my enemy, I, Aoki Sozaemon of the Matsumoto clan, have finally avenged my father When cut down, a man...

The single, mortal blow ran from the right side to his back What incredible swordplay...

My vengeance was a warrior's revenge Bear no grudge Do you hate the man who killed your father?

I hate...

I hate him


The other day, your son stopped a fight...

He saved Shinbo, who lives in our neighbourhood

Our Yoshi...

Is that so?

How old is he?

Seven He's not mine by birth...

Why don't you start sending him to my private school next year

It would make Shinbo happy


A repeat performance of our spring revenge play Very cool It's so like Soza san But, isn't it risky?

We screw up, we'll be in big trouble But if we pull it off, we'll get at least 100 ryo

100 ryo!

With 100 ryo we can pay off all our back rent and have some left That's 14 ryo each I'm in!

I'm in, too!

Me, too

I want you all to play the excited passersby Tomekichi san, I need you to find a pig Can I please say that line "Now you deserve revenge"?

May I?

A samurai holds Justice dearer than life itself Composed of Self and Beauty He defends Justice and defending...

Enough of your crap Eat shit!

No, even I won't eat shit until it's become rice cakes Listen, "Eat shit" doesn't actually mean...

If you really want money, it has to be real Turning it into a pantomime...

The whole point is, it's fake I wouldn't dare kill someone

"Tall tales make flowers bloom but bear no fruit"

That's what they used to say Well, I say, let's make a field of flowers bloom Down to 9 ryo...

Don't you hate him! Don't you despise your father's killer!

No, you're all wrong Each of us has our own method of hating Soza san is... Making that hatred...

It's larger than...

You see...

That's it!

Soza san has turned shit into rice cakes Taken the shit inside him and made it rice cakes...

Osae san

"Shit this and shit that," is Mago's line

Turning shit into rice cakes inside you...

Amazing!

No, Mago, it's not like that There's no way you can fake a corpse?

Leave it all to me I've got enough bones No, any fool can see they're dog bones You can't fool a temple priest Leave it to me I'll take it to my family's temple

Your father's a priest?

A priest?

Yeah, didn't I tell you?

The Jodo sect

All right If you insist, I will help you with this plan Should we succeed, recommend me to your clan Your real motive! What a nerve...

Can't I at least say "Not so fast!" I'll get it right You always mix things up Shut up Yeah, we don't need you to mess it up Mago san, I'd like you to play the lead in this revenge

A revenge!

Took him 3 years but he avenged his father What incredible swordplay!

Incredible A revenge! A revenge!

I, Aoki Sozaemon have avenged my father's murderer, I, Hirano Jirozaemon, did duly witness this revenge Deadly combat Well done!

It was deadly combat

The notices have been posted In these peaceful times... a truly commendable spirit Now for the autopsy...

The mortal blow ran from his right side to his back Felled by a single blow When cut down, a man bleeds so tremendously... I was shocked Oto! Intestines!

You're right

How awful...

What will you do?

Do you still want to see it?

My beloved!

Daddy!

Darling!

Daddy!

He's got a red mark that matches this likeness

This avenging was a warrior's revenge Bear no grudge

Shinbo, do you hate the man who killed your father?

I hate him Do you want revenge?

Yeah

Your mother feels exactly as you do So I can't tell you not to hate him But you see...

If all your father left us... was hatred, how would he feel?

It might make him feel sad

So, now, let's take what he left behind and gradually make it into something better

I'll help you, Shinbo Will you help me, too?

Yeah, I'll help you I'll play Daddy's part, too

That's right, J-I-R-O-Z-A-E-M-O-N

It worked, it worked I can't believe we pulled it off That idiot said, “Bury him with respect"

Otokichi, why are you crying?

Because Osae san and Shinbo...

Idiot, they were acting But still...

Hey, Mago, you can stop now Somebody pull off the matting He's asleep Seven ryo and 2 pence...


No guts spurting out

It was a single mortal blow

Too much noise to get any sleep tonight

Well, all that rain, I couldn't go out I was stuck inside for so long... Right?

That's how it is What do you mean? You call that an answer?

Don't ruin the celebrations If we live together, we halve the rent Live together!

Of course, we're getting married I'm moving in with Oto san, too?

Sure, why not, Onobu You and Otokichi will be siblings No, not siblings...

In any event, let's have a toast

Congratulations Not for me Congratulations Suzuta ran off?

What's going on? That's news to me

"My mother, long bed-ridden in illness, "has fallen into a bad condition and truly needs..."

A sick mother, huh News to me

"If you commanded me to leave my mother, "it would be like abandoning a part of myself..."

Says his mother's more important than revenge On the eve of avenging, he loses nerve He disgraces all samurai!

Hey, Terasaka How many remain?

This month, Yano san, Seo san, Mori san, and Suzuta san have left our company We now number some 50...

This is why I told you...

We must strike now. Who knows how many will stay into the new year

Now, your dojo back home will flourish All's well in the neighbourhood and I can head off to your clan as well The wedding within this neighbourhood count to...

One, two, three...

Eight marriages

How was I as the lead? Oh, excellent Really?

Now with Otokichi and Onobu under the same roof You fool, we're only siblings Which means, if I can stand having you as my brother, I can take Onobu as my wife?

What an idea...

As her brother, I can't allow that You're a mere trash collector If only it hadn't rained so much...

Mom...


So we end up attacking them in their sleep How pathetic


News! News!

A revenge!

A revenge!

This chief Oishi's amazing Acted the lady's man to fool the enemy They say news of Aoki Sozaemon's revenge made him tougher Says they figured out the number of guards by the privy. Sure original That noodle shop owner is the chicken samurai who took off, three months before it happened No wonder his noodle broth tasted like chicken stock!

Chicken samurai Sweet revenge buns here!

Don't miss out!

Listen up!

Here's the place where Dr. Onodera, the 6th most important of the 46 avengers, lived in hiding Preparing for death, he wrote many letters to his wife in Kyoto He sent her this poem the day before the revenge Listen up

“Thoughts once conveyed, "in parting, seem yet unspoken"

He thought he had told her everything he had to say, at this final parting, he fears much remains unsaid Enough to make a grown man cry I always knew there was something noble about him, and I always refused his money Buy some sweet revenge buns

Pay to see his house Look, there he is Mentor to the 46 avengers

Welcome home


What a result!

There's no result, we've done no harm It's those 46 samurai who did harm That's what I think, too What they did was bad?

Of course it was, a sneak attack in the night The whole swarm of them killing a poor old man, that's cheating But the landlord's getting rich Those sweet buns marked "Loyalty" are selling like hot cakes Mom's all excited about opening a street front shop Where on earth can that coward be hiding?

Maybe he's hiding in the shit pile Just a foot soldier after all...

I don't see what's funny What's a shit pile got to do with a foot soldier?

I was putting on my attack robes, when I remembered that Soza san had learned to play Go from his father Yeah, both are black and white Sada san!

I realized I'd never taught my son to make straw sandals...

And that thought...

See, Soza san saved Terasaka san

Um...

What! What do you want?

A word with master Terasaka You ask him No, you do it What the hell is it?

You can't keep hiding like this forever, right?

Why not say that chief Oishi commanded you to spread word of the avengers' exploits?

So, reluctantly, you had to leave the others Assuming you'd agree to that, we came up with these I think we'll call them, "Kichi Buns"

We made them black and white, like those Go pieces you so enjoy And naturally you can keep a tenth of the profits Not bad, for a couple of bums That's enough!

Revenge... is good for business That's right Onobu It's important to cash in, even on misfortune That's right!

Me... It was only at the chief's command that I report the revenge, that reluctantly, I...

No, it's true I hadn't told anyone, but I did not flee in fear, but for the good of the clan...

That's right, I've no time to waste I must go home to give a full account to the families of the 46 samurai...

The flowers bloomed all right, but they bore some very strange fruit Now what about those sweet buns?

What about them!

Hey, hear the latest? All 46 samurai committed hara-kiri!

Such noble men

But... maybe now, he'll be able to teach his son to make sandals Back at home

Hey, Shinbo. Come ask Hirano san to teach you fencing

After all this, boys won't need teaching, they'll need swords

Now, listen up. For samurai, the moment of death is all As they say, “Cherry blossoms are blessed only when they have all fallen"

But... Just as Mago san said, cherry blossoms only fall to return again next spring In even greater beauty

Say

Is there a private school around here?

OKADA Junichi MIYAZAWA Rie FURUTA Arata KAGAWA Teruyuki TABATA Tomoko UESHIMA Ryuhei KIMURA Yuichi KASE Ryo CHIHARA Seiji HIRAIZUMI Sei EZAWA Moeko NATSUKAWA Yui KUNIMURA Jun NAKAMURA Katsuo


ISHIBASHI Renji TERAJIMA Susumu ENDO Kenichi TANAKA Tetsushi NAKAMURA Yuji KATSUJI Ryo ISHIDO Natsuo Tommys' Masa MINAKATA Eiji ASANO Tadanobu HARADA Yoshio

Executive Producer : HISAMATSU Takeo Development Producer : YASUDA Masahiro Producers : SATO Shiho, ENOKI Nozomu Cinematographer : YAMAZAKI Yutaka Lighting : ISHIDA Kenji Production Designer : ISOMI Toshihiro, BANBA Masao Costume Designer : KUROSAWA Kazuko Music : Tablatura


Presented by HANA Film Partners Written, edited and directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu