IkiruDVD - 1952
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Ah, here is our protagonist now. But it would only be tiresome to meet him right now. After all, he's simply passing time without actually living his life. In other words, he's not really even alive.
Drinking... this expensive sake is like paying myself back with poison for the way I lived all these years. In other words, I mean, it feels awful, but it feels good at the same...
I can't bring myself to die. I don't know what I've been doing with my life all these years.
As soon as that boy grows up, he'll never love you the way you loved him. And when he gets married, they'll squeeze you out. You've got to think about your own future.
But why did you buy them for me?
-In a word, your stockings had holes.
But the holes in my stockings don't bother your legs.
His lips are always moving, but he's just hot air inside.
No matter how hard I try, I can't remember a thing I've done in that office over the last thirty years.
Why are you quitting?
-Boredom. It's killing me. Each day is as predictable as the last. Nothing new ever happens.
I realize what they say about the nobility of misfortune is true. Because misfortune teaches us the truth. Your cancer has opened your eyes o your own life. We humans are so careless. We only realize how beautiful life is when we chance upon death. But few of us are actually able to face death. The worst ones know nothing of life 'til they die.
My mom gives me the same kind of line sometimes. "The things I've suffered for you. " And I'm grateful she had me. But it's not my fault I was born.
I did it all for my son's sake. But as it turned out, my son doesn't seem to give a whit.
-Can you guess? Someone who's slippery and evasive. Ohno-san, the sub-section chief.
Sea Slug... indeed.
-Ditch-cover-board, damp and soggy all year round.
Would that be Ohbara?
-Bingo! Next comes Flypaper.
-You know, sticks to everything.
Get it? Noguchi-san.
-Next is Saito-san, the manager. See if you can guess his nickname.
Saito, huh. Saito would be... Saito's main feature is that he's so featureless. I don't really know...
-At the cafeteria.
Then what about Kimura?
-Rice noodles, always timid and trembling. Say, I had a nickname for you, too. But I'm not going to tell, 'cause I had you all wrong.
The thing is, there's something I'd like to tell you. I know I should have told you sooner, but it's not very pleasant business.
-Father, let's drop it. You see, I discussed it with Uncle today, and we have to address this to avoid complications later. For instance, we have our rights as your heirs. To avoid misunderstandings...
-Fact is, she's fleeced you out of 50,000 yen in a few days. Young girls these days...
What are you...
-Father, we respect your right to freedom of expression. We accept your degenerate behavior.
But we do have some basic conditions. Think of Kazue or, putting her aside, of her family back home. How dare you bring a woman like that home. And holding hands with her in your room. I could hardly face the maid.
But all I do is work and eat...
- And what else?
That's all. I mean it. All I do is make these little things. Even making these is so much fun.
Making them, I feel like I'm playing with every baby in Japan. Why don't you try making something too?
-What can I possibly make at that office?
You're right. It's just impossible to make anything there. So quit and go...
-It's too late. ... It's not too late. No, it's not impossible. I know I can do something there. I just have to find the will. There is something I can do...
In the last 30 years, I'd all but forgotten about sunsets. But I haven't got time for this now.
Watanabe certainly went to great pains to make that park. I take my hat off to his passion.
But all his efforts were in the context of his office. The idea that he went beyond the scope of his office to facilitate citizens' desires, and actually made the park himself, is nonsensical to those who understand our bureaucracy.
-I'm sure Watanabe himself is wincing.
However, given that such rumors are surfacing, perhaps we may have been remiss.
Now I see. Knowing he didn't have long left to live... It makes everything clear as day. Otherwise, it makes no... Well, that explains his extraordinary passion and his outrageous behavior.
It reminds me of seeing him at that construction site. How can I put it? The way he gazed out over the site, like a father or grandfather tenderly watching a favorite child...
You're not supposed to do anything there. Doing anything but nothing is radical. We have to act like we're doing something but do nothing.
-That's right. That's exactly right.
The thing is, in order to clean up a garbage can somewhere, you need a garbage can full of paperwork.
Life is brief
Fall in love, maidens
Before the crimson bloom
Fades from your lips
Before the tides of passion
Cool within you
For those of you
Who know no tomorrow
Life is brief
Fall in love, maidens
Before your raven tresses
Begin to fade
Before the flames in your hearts
Flicker and die
For those to whom
Today will never return
That's the spirit, man.
Life is brief
Ohara-san, even within a system where you can't get a thing done, and battling stomach cancer at that, Watanabe-san managed to accomplish so much.
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