This story is not based
on actual events

 

All characters and incidents
portrayed here are fictitious

 

DAIEI CO., LTD.

 

In DaieiScope

 

ENJO

 

Produced by Masaichi Nagata

 

Original Story by
Yukio Mishima

 

Photography by
Kazuo Miyakawa

 

Art supervision by
Yoshinobu Nishioka

 

Starring

 

Raizo Ichikawa

 

Ganjiro Nakamura
Tatsuya Nakadai

 

Michiyo Aratama

 

Directed by
Kon Ichikawa

 

Goichi, Mizoguchi, 21, a student
novice at Soen Temple

 

On the day Shukaku Temple
burned down.

 

he was found in a coma in the
mountains behind the temple

 

He was rushed to the hospital,
and was released today

 

He has 2 knife scars
on his chest

 

- Above the heart ?
- These were near him

 

He burned his belt
and money

 

Birthplace ?

 

Maizuru City... the son
of a small temple priest

 

His father died 7 years ago...
His mother works

 

Did you do it alone ?
Protecting someone ?

 

You can't even die.
Don't be funny

 

You can't fool the police

 

A full-scale investigation
is going to begin

 

Our Chief's here, too,
so you'd better confess

 

Mizoguchi, silence won't make
the sentence lighter

 

You, of all people...

 

... should know Shukaku Temple
was a national treasure !

 

You knew how important
the building was !

 

Confess like a man !

 

What's his mental state ?

 

A slight split personality.
Nothing serious

 

Why are you silent ?

 

You haven't said a word
since your arrest

 

You needn't, under postwar law,
but how did you know that ?

 

SOEN TEMPLE

 

To the Most Reverend Tayama...

 

Street cars stopped...
terrible walking

 

- Good morning. Who's he ?
- He came to see Priest Tayama

 

Kengen Temple...

 

Oh, Priest Mizoguchi's son ?
You've grown up

 

Came 3 years ago, didn't you ?

 

I'm awfully busy

 

Sorry I can't be more
accommodating

 

Ouch ! The rice-gruel
is boiling over !

 

Excuse me

 

Good morning

 

Allow me please

 

Excuse me

 

Sorry to disturb your meal, but...
would you read this ?

 

Mizoguchi's son brought it

 

Mizoguchi's son ?
Has he gone ?

 

He's outside

 

- Let him in.
- Breakfast... ?

 

It doesn't matter

 

Come on in

 

I'm glad you've come

 

Is your father well ?

 

I've neglected writing to him

 

Then... your father
did not recover ?

 

I didn't know... his father died

 

I'm very sorry to hear it

 

It is a sad thing

 

This has become his last letter
to me

 

- Tuberculosis ?
- Almost a lifelong illness

 

Good people die early

 

A godd man. He worshipped
Shukaku

 

He said there was nothing
more beautiful

 

We should appreciate it more

 

He must've wanted to see Shukaku
again before he died

 

I'll offer prayers
for him later

 

I'll take care of you.
Stay here.

 

- What ? But you can't... !
- He entrusted the boy to me

 

That may be so, but... !

 

You may go !

 

What're you doing ?

 

Shukaku. You can't really
see it from here.

 

Haven't I been put in charge of
this temple's business affairs ?

 

Then, please tell me before
bringing people in !

 

- He's an exception to...
- I know that very well...

 

... and how kind-hearted
you are !

 

Then what about my son ?

 

I've asked for years that you
let him become a novice

 

You haven't married,
so you have no son

 

A novice will succeed you. Do
you consider my son ineligible ?

 

I'm sorry to have shouted

 

I wasn't thinking

 

Namba received his draft notice,
yesterday

 

Only the old and very young
remain

 

I don't even consider
a successor now

 

If I find no suitable successor
from among my novices...

 

... I shall return this temple
to the headquarters

 

If it's a gift, give it
to Tenza

 

I...i...idiot ! It's r...rice !
It's wasteful !

 

A stutterer ? No wonder he's been
so quiet. It's pretty bad

 

- Isn't that your classmate ?
- Yes, his name's Mizoguchi

 

Come with us. An alumnus
has come to visit

 

- Say something. Are you dumb ?
- He s..s..stutters

 

A stutterer ? Join the navy.
I'd correct it in a single day

 

No, my home's a temple.
I'm going to be a priest

 

- Forget about him ! Let's wrestle !
- Okay. I'll coach you

 

These are awfully important.
Watch them

 

Let's go.

 

He stammers badly

 

Not when I read the sutra

 

A priest must do more, though...

 

He must lecture and visit homes

 

And act as a guide.

 

Don't be so absent-minded.
Help pick up the rice.

 

Namba, are you taking
the night train ?

 

No, the noon train, if he's
to enter the army tomorrow

 

No, the noon train, if he's
to enter the army tomorrow

 

I've packed already

 

Work hard for our country.

 

No rice-gruel in the army.

 

No rice, so we all have
to eat it.

 

There used to be more
than 10 novices.

 

Now the garden's
gone to weed.

 

He's taking Namba's place,
but he's still a boy.

 

Is no one here ?

 

- And my assistant ?
- He went to the city office

 

To transfer Namba out
and Mizoguchi in.

 

He acted very busy and bumped
into a post going out

 

I see. What about Namba ?

 

He's bidding his neighbors
farewell. Tsurukawa's at school.

 

Here. I'll give you 10 sen

 

Go 'round back next time

 

Working already ?

 

Even people living in temples
aren't all Buddhas.

 

Understand ?

 

Consider this your father's
temple and do your best.

 

Your father and I were old friends,
so feel free with me.

 

Kyoto's in a terrible state

 

A shame the way they're
pulling down good houses.

 

- Your place, too ?
- No, not in the country.

 

But it's near the Naval Base,
so we have air raids.

 

Can't even till the fields.

 

Tokyo's in ruins... soon
they'll raid Kyoto, too

 

They wouldn't dare burn down
a precious temple like Shukaku

 

I'm sorry I didn't send something
for the new year

 

to thank you for taking care
of my boy.

 

It's about time he got back
from school

 

Schools have been mobilized.
Students are working in factories.

 

A waste of school fees

 

I'm grateful that he's well.

 

Someone's here...
Visitors ?

 

That's unusual.
I'll go and see.

 

I'm Mizoguchi's mother.

 

Thank you for being kind
to him.

 

What fine beans ! Are they
from your garden ?

 

These are sesame seeds.

 

These are beans.

 

This is dried seaweed.

 

This is dried fish.

 

And this is rice.

 

A bit of everything :
a poor offering.

 

- What lovely presents.
- It's nothing

 

Sorry to trouble you

 

We're back.

 

Mizoguchi, your mother
is here.

 

He's a willful boy.

 

My husband died one and a half
yeras ago today.

 

So long, already ?

 

If you'd read the sutra for him,
my husband would be glad.

 

Gladly. To the main hall,
then. Come with me.

 

We owe you very much.

 

But I can only afford
a poor offering.

 

Oh, the sirens again. We have
air-raids alerts every day, too.

 

I was scared, so I sent
the visitors away.

 

One mustn't make fun
of alerts.

 

And the assistant ?
Around. I guess.

 

Timid, but he's absorbed
in the temple.

 

His one good point.

 

You ignored your mother because
of the others ? Happy ?

 

No, I'm not.

 

I miss my mother.

 

Our temple's in Tokyo, but father
arranged for me to train here

 

I don't like him much.

 

Were you afraid of yours ?

 

You were sad, then, when he died,
weren't you ?

 

You were, that's why
you look sad.

 

E..everyone laughs when I
stutter, but you don't

 

Me ? I don't mind.

 

I'll go clean.

 

Shukaku again ? No visitors come,
and it could burn up.

 

You must have a heart of gold
to do it.

 

Goichi, where are you ?
It's an air raid !

 

What're you doing here ?

 

D..don't come in !
You mustn't !

 

It's awful if there's
no place to hide.

 

There is.

 

I'm not afraid at all at home.

 

But it's terrible in a strange
place.

 

Going home ?

 

Yes, I only came to have
the sutra read to father

 

but I can't go to the temple,
it's someone else's now.

 

What ? Someone else's ?

 

Father...

 

Mother...

 

What is it ?

 

- Kurai and Mother... !
- Don't say anything

 

Goichi, I'll take you to see
Shukaku soon. I promise.

 

It nestles in the lap of
the Kyoto mountains

 

There's nothing more beautiful
than Shukaku.

 

I forget this filthy world
just thinking about Shukaku.

 

I know why you sold the temple !
You hated father !

 

What're you saying ?

 

Your father was sick a long time ;
it was mortgaged.

 

I'm going to my parents' home.

 

Keep your father's
memorial tablet

 

Understand, you have no temple
or home.

 

Gain the priest's favor,
then you'll succeed him

 

I'm looking forward to it.

 

Y..you never know.

 

I might go to war
and die.

 

Idiot ! It'll mean the end of us
if they take stammerers.

 

D..d..don't come here again !

 

- I'm happy just to be here !
- Don't go ! Stay here !

 

I'd be glad to burn to death
with Shukaku !

 

Isn't it beautiful ?

 

The first floor's
called Kasuiden.

 

The second, Shuindo.

 

Finally, I'm able to show you

 

5,000 copies more

 

Thanks. Many visitors...
Must be a thriving business.

 

You're wrong. It's expensive
to get out guidebooks.

 

Heard Priest Tayama has raised
the admission.

 

I've heard you make 200,000 yen
a month.

 

People are all wrong.

 

We're just a bit better off.

 

We deserve it after
the war years.

 

There's a crowd outside.

 

Yes, on Sundays.

 

A weekend.

 

What's that ?

 

It's Saturdays and Sundays.
I'll be going...

 

Will Priest Tayama be back ?

 

- He's at a bank party.
- He's changed.

 

I didn't know he was
so worldly.

 

Is Mizoguchi helping, too ?

 

I couldn't find him.

 

He hates people
more and more

 

- I'll help.
- Thanks.

 

We must employ more people.

 

You're a brute !

 

Get away from me !

 

What're you doing ?

 

Don't you dare defile Shukaku !

 

Excuse me.

 

Oh, it's you, Mizoguchi

 

What is it ?

 

There's something
I must tell you.

 

Ho...Chesterfields...
A present ? Thanks.

 

I'm so busy lately I can't even
give you lectures

 

This is a good time
to tell you.

 

I intend to send you
to college.

 

I want you to get good grades.

 

You needn't thank me.
Just do you very best.

 

Call Tosen for me

 

W..Won't you tell me ?

 

- Are you still worried ?
- Tsurukawa !

 

Okay...I'll tell you...
Everyone's jealous of you.

 

Because Chief Priest Tayama
is sending you to college.

 

Th..That's not all, is it ?
Priest Tayama avoids me, too.

 

I don't want to worry you

 

Then there is something !

 

I heard...

 

A strange woman came

 

The week before she'd visited
Shukaku with a G.I...

 

and a novice knocked her down, so
she said to pay up or she'd sue

 

Upon hearing that the novice had
stuttered. Chief Priest paid her.

 

and forbade us to discuss it
further.

 

- I..I knocked her down !
- You're lying !

 

I can't believe it...
What was the reason ?

 

- She tried to enter Shukaku.
- Then... ?

 

- Nothing.
- Nothing ?

 

I couldn't stand it !

 

She laughed at your stutter,
didn't she ? Tell the truth.

 

You should've apologized
right away.

 

Want me to ?

 

- I..I will, myself.
- Yes, as soon as possible.

 

Is..is she alive ?

 

I wonder... she's like a doll

 

You're late.

 

- Why'd you come ?
- Why ? Because it's been 2 years

 

Sit down, will you ?

 

I hear they're sending you
to college.

 

I cried when I heard it.
Could anything be better ?

 

At my parent's home, both
of my parents died long ago

 

And it's gotten harder to live
in the country.

 

The Priest said I could work here
and gave me a room.

 

You thank him for me, too.

 

- I said not to come !
- I know.

 

You didn't want to see me till
you're a full-fledged priest

 

But I have to eat, so
try to bear it, dear.

 

You don't understand !

 

Is that everything ?

 

My mother's very ill.

 

Hurry back to her. Tenza, go
to the station, too.

 

He'll see you safely there.

 

Streetcare fare

 

I hope he's on time.

 

Please...ah...it's...

 

- Did you see your mother ?
- Yes.

 

I must tell you about the tobacco
and about that girl

 

I know !

 

I did my duty as the priest
in charge of Shukaku.

 

I..I... !
Shukaku... !

 

Don't make excuses.

 

I am disappointed

 

I didn't think you'd be one to
apologize after the harm's done.

 

Why follow me, then ?

 

J..just to ask you t..to explain
some p..points in the lecture...

 

...p..points I don't
understand

 

Don't stammer so much !

 

You don't want my help

 

I know why you spoke
to me

 

You're Mizoguchi ?
I've been waiting.

 

But I don't want friends.
My foot keeps them away, anyway.

 

I wondered when you'd dare

 

We'd only spotlight your fault
all the more

 

Go on, stutter till everyone
in Kyoto knows

 

Then you'll know peace.

 

So, you think you've found
a good companion ?

 

Right ? You were interested
in college at first.

 

You got good grades. You grew
lazy in the 2nd year.

 

And now you'll probably flunk.

 

Want to know why
I know so much ?

 

Not only you

 

Sports are out for me,
so I have time.

 

So I sit and watch people

 

- Why not go to school ?
- No fun at school.

 

Hah ! No fun anywhere.

 

What do you do ?

 

I visit temples.

 

Why visit other temples ?

 

To see if any other temple
is lovelier than Shukaku

 

Why ? They're merely buildings
that escaped bombing

 

They don't change

 

Idiot ! People, history,
and morals all change.

 

Everything does

 

Your precious Shukaku, too...
Ants could eat it or fire burn...

 

I'll teach you... watch the change
in a stuck-up girl

 

Follow me !

 

Jump !

 

Leaving me here ?
It's your fault I've fallen !

 

You're so beautiful, I didn't
watch where I jumped !

 

What should I do ?

 

Someone here ?

 

What are you doing ? A new novice
is coming tomorrow

 

Tsurukawa...

 

Thinking of Tsurukawa ?

 

Sitting here won't
bring him back

 

He's gone. Don't waste
electricity.

 

Goichi, where are you going ?

 

To the Garden !

 

Goichi, come to my room !

 

Why don't you go to school ?

 

I was told to give you
a good talking to

 

By the Chief Priest ?

 

No, he's too nice.
The assistant told me

 

What makes you act in such
an ungrateful way ?

 

Your father would grieve
if he knew

 

Put yourself in my place.

 

You're cared for, and
I'm working, too.

 

I'm humiliated.

 

Go, then.

 

Wh..what're you saying ?

 

Don't stutter !

 

Mother, do you make fun of me,
too ?

 

I..I didn't intend to

 

I worry a lot, feel small, and
work without any fun at all.

 

It's all to see you become
Chief Priest here before I die.

 

And you're telling me to leave.
I'm unhappy, so I stutter.

 

Yes, when you learn you're alone
and live in despair

 

Then words don't come easily.

 

I wasn't born a stutterer.

 

I was raised in a poor,
cold temple.

 

Father was consumptive.

 

I'm sure Father felt as I did.

 

That's why he spoke
of Shukaku every day.

 

Thinking of it made him forget
the long, lonely days.

 

Sh..Shukaku was his dream.

 

He wanted me to relive his dream
so he sent me here.

 

But...but you had to come.

 

You don't want me to be here
because I look miserable ?

 

Mother, I know... !
... about Kurai and you

 

A s..stutterer can't become
Chief Priest.

 

I'm satisfied just to be near
Shukaku.

 

Go to bed. It's late.

 

Fool ! Are you spying on me ?

 

Who is it ?

 

Oh, it's you. I thought
it was Mizoguchi.

 

Where is he, so late ?

 

- Thanks.
- I counted the admission fees.

 

- 5,800 yen.
- Good.

 

Good night. I'll be going now.

 

- Now ?
- Is something... ?

 

Please, tell me if something
is bothering you.

 

Do you remember...

 

... I said if couldn't find
a suitable successor...

 

... I'd return my temple
to the headquarters ?

 

But I realize now that I'm
not suitable, either.

 

You're wrong.

 

Soenji's success
is due to you.

 

That's the problem.

 

I must be worldly to manage
a temple like this.

 

I feel I've strayed from
the path of Buddhism

 

by being Chief Priest.

 

Meaning... ?

 

- I should resign.
- That's ridiculous.

 

- All priests keep a mistress or 2.
- Never mind others.

 

I respect you very much.

 

I felt bitter towards you about
my son, but he has a shop now.

 

He's a born shopkeeper, so I'm
impressed by your foresight.

 

You're too wise for you own good.

 

If you resign from this temple,
I will, too.

 

I don't know how I'll live.

 

I don't want to trouble
you or others.

 

I'll think it over.

 

What now ?

 

You bother me.

 

Haven't you any other friends ?

 

Yes, one, but he died
2 years ago.

 

A truck ran him over.

 

He was kind.

 

I won't die. Those who do
are weak in some way.

 

People with guts don't die easily,
like your priest.

 

Know him ?

 

I come from a temple, too,
so I know rich priests.

 

He took a Gion geisha recently
for his mistress.

 

A lie !

 

Didn't you know ?
Hey, the Hibachi !

 

You can buy pictures of her
at Gion. I'll show you one.

 

Not interested ?
I won't, then.

 

She's pretty, modern-looking
the type old men like.

 

He's changed.

 

Everything has.

 

Men who live by the Precepts
easily fall prey to money.

 

You seem to respect him, but
the deformed are easily fooled.

 

A little kindness and they're
easily taken in.

 

Hypocrites !

 

They aren't deformed, but
others feel superior.

 

The Priest was kind to you ?

 

- At..at first.
- But not now ? See ?

 

A real priest wouldn't change.

 

He acted out a lie
from the first.

 

I don't believe it.

 

You're so very na´ve.

 

All right, then do the thing
he hates the most.

 

If he's all that you think he is,
he'll do some soul-searching,

 

and become kind again.

 

Staying longer ? About time
for the girl to come.

 

- S..sorry, I'll go.
- No, stay, and have some fun.

 

I'll show you the hypocrisy
that passes for kindness.

 

She's that girl... her home
is in front of the school.

 

Hello. A guest ?
I'll come later.

 

You know him

 

Oh, your friend.

 

Why did you leave him and run ?
You're no friend.

 

It was hard to help him.
He was hurt.

 

I'll introduce you... She is
Miss Wanibuchi.

 

Be kinder to him after this.

 

Still hurts ?

 

I'm sorry. I'll fix it.

 

I was to blame !
I'm sorry !

 

I'll make it well !

 

It's well now.

 

Strange, but it gets well
when you do that

 

You're a saint.

 

No, I'm not.

 

Mizoguchi, get my furoshiki.

 

A keepsake from my uncle
who died... a shakuhachi.

 

This is mine.

 

Then you play it ?

 

I don't need two, so you
take the keepsake.

 

Nice to play when
you're worried.

 

Go on, take it.

 

Friendship between men is nice.
I'm envious.

 

Like this. It's simple.

 

Excuse me.

 

I touched on it in my lecture,
about the Nanchuan cat.

 

This has always been considered
a very difficult catechism.

 

A cat once strayed
into a quiet temple

 

the priests fought
to catch it.

 

Priest Nanchuan killed it,

 

with a sword

 

And by this merciless deed, he
quelled the fighting priests.

 

He explained what had happened
to his high disciple, Chao Chou.

 

And asked his opinion.

 

His disciple put his shoes
on his head and left.

 

The priest was sad.

 

For the cat would not be dead
if Chao Chou had been there.

 

- Excuse me !
- Who is it ?

 

Mizoguchi !

 

I meant to make you
my successor once

 

But I have no such thought now.

 

It's a lie !

 

Not a..a stutterer like me !

 

Fool ! Has it ever bothered me ?
You've a warped mind !

 

Y..You know all about me.

 

But I believe I know you, too.

 

So ? Knowing without understanding
means nothing.

 

So ? Knowing without understanding
means nothing.

 

Lend you 3,000 yen ?
Whatever for ?

 

This is your collateral ?

 

I have a dictionary.

 

And the shakuhachi is
the one I gave you

 

I may lend you the money,
but what's it for ?

 

Speak up !

 

Your stuttering's past remedy.

 

Be careful... you're safe
as long as you stutter.

 

It gets so you can't express
yourself. You become dumb.

 

and clam up,

 

till you go crazy, or commit
suicide, or kill someone.

 

- I want to travel.
- Where ?

 

Coming back ?

 

I can't, if you're not even sure

 

I..I will come back.

 

Very well, put your seal
to this I.O.U for 3,000.

 

Thumb print will do.

 

The interest is 10% per month.
Cheaper than a moneylender.

 

Next time the priest's away,
let me play flute in Shukaku.

 

Can you play it yet ?

 

- Just noise.
- That's fine.

 

Go ahead.

 

Blow on it !

 

Your music doesn't stutter

 

I gave it to you to hear
music stutter

 

Like the last guest...

 

He's been in his room
for 5 days.

 

He doesn't eat much
and just sits.

 

Excuse me.

 

You registered under
your real name ?

 

The address, Soen Temple,
means you're a priest.

 

You don't look like one.

 

Kotani College... I see,
you're a student.

 

It's you all right.
Thanks.

 

Do they know
you're here ?

 

N..no

 

School's not out yet.

 

What're you doing here ?

 

Don't do anything foolish

 

There may be times when
you feel like dying

 

But you don't seem
desperate

 

Many people want to study
but can't

 

But you have a promising
future

 

Have any money ?

 

You thankless, ungrateful boy !

 

How could you come back !
Who will you apologize to ?

 

Acting crazy... out of spite
to me ?

 

I was so worried about you...
You hoped I'd die, didn't you ?

 

I'm so ashamed, I can't
stay here

 

- Wh..where will you go ?
- I don't care what happens to you !

 

Die, for all I care !

 

I wish I hadn't borne you.
You like tormenting me !

 

The Priest's mistress...
she's with child ?

 

Who said so ? Keep still.
He's upset.

 

Why ?

 

Your son is back ?

 

I'm a cripple,
so excuse me.

 

Please look at this

 

It's Mizoguchi's I.O.U.
from 5 months ago.

 

I reminded him, but he won't pay.
It's comes to 4,500 now.

 

It'll get harder
for him to pay,

 

so would you pay ? I thought
I'd hold the temple responsible.

 

I also need the money.

 

Hello ? Hello ? Our fire alarm
is out of order.

 

Please come right away.
The sooner the better.

 

This evening ? Thanks.

 

You're back ?
Know Mr. Togari ?

 

He's in with the priest.

 

Did you find your mother ?

 

N..no

 

The Priest is calling you.

 

Is this your thumb print ?

 

Y..yes

 

- The interest is 1,500...
- No interest on student loans.

 

Excuse me

 

If you repeat this behavior,
you can't stay here

 

Knock before you come in !

 

Sorry about my behavior earlier.
No offense.

 

You forced me into it
by not paying me.

 

Your priest is a tightwad.

 

He's rolling in money, but
wouldn't pay interest.

 

What's that ?

 

Int..interest.

 

You're odd. Why didn't you
pay up, if you had it ?

 

H..he gave me my school fees.

 

Won't you need it ?

 

What of the priest who paid
your debt, then your fees ?

 

He's a hypocrite, or
he's testing you.

 

Show his true colors
by spending the money

 

You have guts. There's nothing
to fear by it.

 

N..no

 

I saw Shukaku for the first time...
It's lovelier than I imagined.

 

Wonderful to own one.

 

A big garden, and
the pond is fine.

 

It's a national treasure,
so the money rolls in

 

Sh..Shukaku's different.
You wouldn't understand.

 

I wouldn't ?
Do you ?

 

What's it to you ? You're only
a novice in the priest's charge.

 

You can't get along
elsewhere.

 

I'd understand if that's
why you like Shukaku

 

- Y..you're wrong !
- Why ? Hurry up and tell me !

 

Stutter ! Not ashamed to now,
are you ?

 

Even this knows
you stutter !

 

Sh..Shukaku belongs
to no one.

 

Not the priest's

 

It was there from the beginning,
and was always beautiful.

 

They're using it to make money

 

But Shukaku won't change

 

You said all living things change.
Sh..Shukaku's alive, but it won't !

 

I won't let it !

 

Such confidence. You won't
let it change ? Hah !

 

No. I..I came to tell you so

 

What can you do ?

 

She's not Miss Wanibuchi

 

The girl from the big house ?

 

You've been seeing her, too !
I knew it !

 

She's a teacher

 

She teaches me flower arranging,
and is very vain

 

You're horrid !

 

I..I saw you once
a long time ago

 

Wanibuchi married. I chased her
away from me.

 

She became suffocating.

 

The same is true for you

 

You said I arranged flowers well,
didn't you ?

 

You can't teach me any more,
so I don't need you

 

Brute !

 

What are these flowers,
anyway ?

 

Want to know what I was
laughing at ?

 

At 2 crippled men talking
nonsense !

 

Get out !

 

The other girl thought so, too !

 

Pride over kindness !
No cripples for me !

 

Don't, or I'll break your neck !

 

Proud to be a cripple ?

 

Who'd even notice
if you weren't ?

 

Get out !

 

First time here ?
From a temple ?

 

- How'd you know ?
- I could tell by your hair cut

 

Many come

 

You look depressed.
Broken heart ?

 

Scolded by the priest ?
By your mother ?

 

I..I'm lonely

 

You shouldn't come here.
You seem nice

 

What if Shukaku burned down ?

 

Shukaku... ? Oh... I've
never been there

 

- Would you be surprised ?
- It doesn't matter, does it ?

 

It'd be terrible if this place
burned, I have 3 years to go

 

You stutter... can you read
the sutra ?

 

Yes, the sutra and English

 

Read this, then

 

You can, can't you ?
You've a nice voice, too

 

It'd be nice to have you
read the sutra

 

- Bye. I'll leave.
- Why ? Don't waste your money

 

Never mind

 

It really is your fist time,
isn't it ?

 

Come again...
I'm Mariko

 

Sorry to have you go like this.
Thank you.

 

- Salty.
- Is it ?

 

- Where do I put his bed ?
- He won't use it yet.

 

Lay it in the hall

 

Is the fire alarm... repaired ?

 

Not yet

 

It's not safe.
I asked them to fix it

 

He drinks a lot

 

Priest Zenkai is notorious
as a heavy drinker...

 

More sakÚ !

 

Come in

 

- Mizoguchi's son.
- So he's Mizoguchi's...

 

You take after him. We were
friends since training days.

 

He was mischievous.

 

It's a pity he died so young

 

He's attending Kotani College,
and is very diligent.

 

That's great

 

- Telephone.
- Who is it ?

 

Excuse me.
Who'd phone now ?

 

It's a boy !
A boy was born !

 

I said not to call

 

I'm sorry, but this
is different

 

Mistress is happy to give you
an heir. She said to call

 

Your father's temple was at Naryu,
wasn't it ? I went once

 

It's nice place jutting out
into the Sea of Japan

 

The waves are breathtaking

 

Wh..what do you think of me ?

 

You seem like a nice,
serious student

 

An..an ordinary student ?

 

Being ordinary is best.
No one doubts you that way.

 

Please judge me !

 

I'm not what you think

 

Please see the real me !

 

I don't need to. It's best
not to think

 

No one understands me !

 

No..no one understands

 

I..I've only one thing
left to do

 

No one understands me

 

Who is it ?

 

Why were you following me ?
Why did you have to ?

 

It's... to late ! It won't do you
any good to get mad !

 

He's acting crazy

 

What's going on ?
What is it ?

 

Not a fire ?

 

It's too late.

 

Buddha's judgement !

 

You won't speak

 

Even so, the investigation
will proceed

 

You'll be indicted
when we have proof

 

You burned a national treasure

 

What was your reason ? Did you
just suddenly do it ?

 

Have you considered
your mother ?

 

Your mother comes every day

 

She's praying you'll confess
and become a good boy

 

You've committed a hideous crime,
so she's ashamed to see you.

 

Doesn't it bother you
to do that to her ?

 

Think hard on it

 

No amount of money can bring
back what you've burned.

 

It probably won't affect the
tourist trade, though.

 

How much will it cost
to rebuild ?

 

- Millions.
- It's hard to say

 

We can't waste our time
on him

 

Ready to go ?

 

He's the one that burned
Shukaku.

 

His mother killed herself.
Read about it 2 months ago.

 

- The verdict ?
- 7 years.

 

The Chief Priest's helping

 

- He requested another trial.
- He shouldn't have.

 

They should have left it alone

 

Toilet... ?