Ran (1985) - full transcript

Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons - Taro and Jiro - agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo can possibly save him.

The arrow which felled the boar...

...belonged to Lord Ichimonji.

Drink to him!

The wily old beast

shot out right in front of me.

My horse reared
before I could aim, off I fell.


shall we roast the boar?

He was old.

His hide is tough; it stinks.


Like me, old Hidetora.

Would you eat me?

You'd stick in our throats.

That's why I joined your hunt,

to reinforce our friendship.

I, too!

I would cement the bonds

between the houses of Ichimonji and Ayabe,

I would marry my daughter

to your son Saburo.

Hold on!

That's my own invention.

Lord Ichimonji, the day is propitious.

Give us your answer.

Whom will you have for Saburo,

my daughter or Lord Ayabe's?

Not an easy choice.

Two daughters

for one son.

A pity Jiro, my second son,
already has a wife.


Entertain us!

From the far mountain

From the near mountain

Who comes hippety-hopping

Showing off his handsome ears?

A hare!

Only one hare, Kyoami?

Two, I think.

Hopping here, to be eaten by Father.

Saburo, that's rude!

Hold your tongue!

The Great Lord is tired.

Let us withdraw until he wakes.

This is unlike Father.
He only pretends to sleep.

After Saburo's insult,
how else could he save face?

All he did was hunt.

In the old days,

he'd rout an army and not be winded.

It's impolite to our guests.

Kyoami, wake him!

Father worries me,

he's barely snoring today.

Father, what is it?

Are you ill?

A dream...

I had a dream.

I was in a strange land.

A vast wilderness.

I went on and on, but met no one.

I called, I shouted,

but no one answered.

I was alone.

Alone in the wide world.

I felt a chill...

Such stupidity!

Taro's voice pulled me back.

I saw my beloved children.




Father, I've never seen you like this.

It's not right.

Quiet, Saburo!

Be thankful we have his affection.

I'm puzzled, too.

I can scarcely believe my ears.

Normally, all he asks is our obedience.

That's affection enough.

All right.

I've been considering an idea,

and I've reached a decision.

I want to tell it to you.

Now is a good time to do it

while we have with us

Lords Fujimaki and Ayabe.

Bring them!

I, Hidetora Ichimonji,

was born in that small castle
in the mountains.

At that time, the entire plain

seethed with constant battle.

Many lords vied for power.

At the age of seventeen,

I flew my banner over that castle.

I waged wars for fifty years,

and at last the plain was mine.

I hoisted my colours over the main castle.

I spent more years

fighting lance to lance
with these two gentlemen.

Now, the moment has come

to stable the steeds of war

and give free rein to peace.

But old Hidetora

is seventy years old.

I hereby cede total authority

over all my dominions

to my eldest son Taro.

My lord, this is so sudden...

Not at all.

I've thought long and hard.

There comes a time

to step aside,

and pass on the reins to younger hands.

I say to you: that time is now!

This is my will.

Taro is now head of the Ichimonjis,

lord of this lands.

I will quit the castle keep

and move to the outer tower.

I will retain a 30-man escort

and give the title and insignia
of Great Lord.

But the actual leadership

lies entirely with Taro.

I expect all of you to obey!

I'll obey.

But what about me and Saburo?

What do you intend for us?

I give you, Jiro and Saburo,

the Second and Third castles

with their attendant lands.

You will support Taro

in the First Castle.

I shall be your guest

visiting each castle in turn,

living out my remaining years.

How hard it is to be old!

I would speak.

I respect your wishes

and appreciate your trust,

but I beg you to reconsider.


Though I am your eldest son,

I could never take your place.

It is too great a task.

I always pray to the God of War.

"Let his life last 100 years,

"even if it means shaving a bit off mine."

What a pretty speech.

I cannot use such honeyed words.

I'd be embarrassed.

Don't be spiteful!

You mean Taro only flatters me?

Pay no attention to Saburo.

I feel the same as Taro.

We'd like nothing better
than to stay behind your shield.

But it's our turn to shield you

from life's bitter arrow.

Well said, Jiro.

Bring me that quiver!

Break an arrow in two.

Can you do it?

Bundle them

and try again.

A single arrow is easily broken.

Not so three together.

Whenever Taro is in trouble,

if you unite your forces,

the house of Ichimonji will be safe.

Even in a sheaf,
three arrows can be broken.

More of your pranks.

Stop being foolish.

It's you who are foolish.
Your plan is absurd.

You are either senile or mad.


Do not insult your father!

What madness have I spoken?

Wherein lies my senility?

I'll tell you.

What kind of world do we live in?

One barren of loyalty and feeling.

- I'm aware of that.
- So you should be!

You spilled measureless blood.

You showed no mercy, no pity.

We too are children of this age,
weaned on strife and chaos.

We are your sons,
yet you count on our fidelity.

In my eyes, that makes you a fool.

A senile old fool!

So that's it!

You mean one day,
you'll forget I'm your father.

You'll betray me.

More folly!

Does a traitor betray himself?

Then you mean your brothers?

He's jealous of Taro's position.

Is that why you slander me?

Brother or not, watch your step!

Your lesson of the three arrows was wasted.

The unity of the three sons is split.

You scorn your father's wishes?

Parents and children
have no place in this world?

Very well, since you'll have it so,

I cut the bonds between us!

You are a stranger to me! Out of my sight!

You mustn't!

Quiet, Tango.

My mistake was to love him too well.

I spoiled him.

It's my fault, he's arrogant.

But it's too late for regrets.

When flesh is rotten,

even our own cut it away!

Wait, my lord!

Master Saburo is blunt,

perhaps even disrespectful.

But his words are honest,
and come from the heart.

Consider well: you will find

he is not wrong.


I will speak.


I will stay.

You disobey me?

My duty to you is to speak my mind.

Brandish your sword, I won't move.

Revoke that rash decision.

Your insolence matches his!

I will not have it!

I banish you both!


What misery!

What will you do, now?

I grieve for Father, not myself.

The horror ahead of him...

Tango, you're an idiot.


For defending me and being banished.

Your place is with Father.

He needs you.

They're following us!

Wait, son-in-law!

Why do you run away?


Hear me out!

You're in disgrace, exiled from your lands.

Lord Ayabe and I

witnessed the whole incident.

You are an outcast

little more than a beggar.

Forgive my rudeness.

What I am trying to say...

I can't find the words.

The meaning is clear.

No lord chooses a beggar for his daughter.

Of course not.

No... Now hold on!

Lord Ayabe rejected the marriage.

But on my way home,

I got a thinking

of your extraordinary conduct.

I like the way you spoke up.

You have character and courage.

You'd make a fine son-in-law.

I retraced my steps,

but you had gone.

Does my offer interest you?

How can I know?

Then come stay with me

while you think it's over.

You too, Tango.

You are honest and loyal.

I can use you, will you come?

Thank you for your generosity

but I cannot accept.

Whatever disguise I must adopt,

I shan't abandon the Great Lord.

What's going on?

Hidetora's concubines are moving
from the castle.

They block my lady's retinue.


I am now the mistress here!

They must make way!

My women kneeling to Taro's wife?


Why do you say that?

You gave him the castle keep.

It's only natural.

Gives away his house Gives away his land.

His bounty earns him a new title

Lord of the rice fields.

A scarecrow!

Call me a fool?

No, the fool is me

for serving as butt to your laughing-stock.

But you're another for losing your keep.

You know, Kaede,

the view is more pleasant

now that it is mine.

As I recall,

a banner used to hang there.

Yes, Father's banner.

Also his helmet and armour.

Where are they?

I gave them to Father's men.

The armour doesn't matter.

But the banner...

My Lord,

it belongs with the head
of the house of Ichimonji.

But Father is keeping
his title and insignia.

Without them, you are a shadow.

What do you mean?

He made it clear

that I am now in command.

In that case,

behave as if you are.

You want the banner?

Ridiculous! You take back what you give.

It is Lord Taro's order!

See the lord, a gourd in the wind.

Swinging this way...

Swinging that way...

Spinning as the breeze blows.

So high up...

Dangling hollow from the tower.

Isn't it fun?

Villain! I'll teach you!

See the lord, a gourd in the wind.

Swinging this way...

Swinging that way...

Spinning as the breeze blows.

So high up...

Dangling hollow from the tower.

What fun, what fun!

It's Ogura.

I have a message.

Lord Taro is holding a family gathering

to celebrate the transfer of power.

He invites his honoured father.

You too, Lord Ikoma.

Your "family gathering" is only us?

Please, father-in-law,

won't you sit down?

I am to sit below you?

Who am I?

The honourable father of my husband.

Is that all?

And the Great Lord, is he dead?

Don't joke.

I am not joking!

I retain my title and my status.

Have you forgotten?

No, of course not.

It's you who forget.

You gave full authority to me.

What do you want?

I gave you this castle...

I moved out, reduced my escort...

They may be few in number,
but they're boisterous enough.

What is that song?

With such goings-on,

how can I make myself obeyed?

They are warriors, unschooled in manners.

They like comic songs.

Comic songs can go too far!

That song makes fun of me!

My guard was defending my honour.

Yet, you went ahead and killed him.

I cannot allow that.

This once, I'll overlook it.

But I must have your promise

that it won't happen again.

You will sign this

and seal it with your blood.


This is nonsense!

Read it.



"I cede to Taro Takatora
the domains of Ichimonji.


"I make him sole ruler
of the house of Ichimonji.


"though I am Taro's father,

"I shall submit to his authority
and act accordingly.

"I swear by all the deities.

"May they punish me if I disobey."

I'm to seal it with my blood?
This silly thing?

Everything it contains

was proclaimed by you yourself

before witnesses.

What does it change if you sign it?

Are you a son?

What do you mean?

Is this a son's attitude?

The hen pecks the cock

and makes him a crow.

I will not stay here.


I have another son.

Thank you, you did well.

I was born and raised in this castle.

It belongs to my father.

I left it to marry you.

My father and brothers, after the marriage,

relaxed their vigilance.

Hidetora murdered them.

Now I am back in my family castle.

How I have longed for this day.

Right there,

my mother took her own life.

Father is on his way.

My brother sent him packing.

He says Father grows eccentric...

It would be unwise to let him stay here.

Father's counsellor, Ikoma,

is privy to my brother's plans.

This severity is unlike Lord Taro.

And you, my lord,

why do you do nothing?

He's right.

You should succeed the Great Lord.

Lord Taro is a weakling.

The stake is large: gamble for it.

Then you are willing to gamble with me?


Dogs turn on a master
who gives up the chase.

Sounds the horn or become the quarry.

How the dogs howl!

I must say, I find it unfair.

Born twelve months after Taro,

so all my life I must grovel at his feet.

Crack these bonds!

Good for you, my lord!

Don't lick your chops yet.

Taro is easy pickings.

His wife, Lady Kaede, is another story.

Quite true.

She'd be a perfect match for you.

Why not steal her?

Don't be impertinent!

First of all, there's Father.

He still has thirty warriors.

Each one is worth a thousand.

He'll soon be here and so will they.

Any ideas?

Open the gates!

Hidetora is here!

I will seek out Sué first.

Tell Jiro I want to see him.


Praise be

to the Eternal Western Paradise.

Praise be to the Eternal Buddha
in 36 trillion manifestations.

Praise be to Amida Buddha

I knew you'd be here.


Never mind the ceremony.

It's been a long time.

Let me look at you.

Still the same sad face.

When I see you, it breaks my heart.

It's worse when you smile.

I burned down your castle,

you father and mother perished.

And you look at me like that!

Look upon me with hatred.

It would be easier to bear.

Go on, hate me!

I don't hate you.

All is decided in our previous lives.

The Buddha embraces all things.

Buddha again!

He is gone from the evil world.

His guardians are in exile,

routed by the fury of Ashur.

We can't rely on Buddha's mercy.

There you are, Jiro.

I've come to be your guest.

I'm disappointed in Taro.

I already know.

It's all in my brother's letter.

Taro wrote to you?

He says your guards

were unruly and vulgar.

I am to receive you with courtesy.

But I cannot let your warriors

inside the castle walls.

What's this?

I'm to come alone,

leaving my men to rot outside?

My brother is the head of the clan.

I have no choice but to obey him.

If you dislike his conditions,

then it might be best

to go back and apologize.

Apologize to Taro?

Go back?


Lord Kurogane!

Lord Shirane!

What does this mean?

Lord Ikoma!

An order from Hidetora.

"We arrived suddenly,

"the castle is unprepared.

"Withdraw and wait outside."

Enough is enough,

I understand.

You too,

you're just like Taro.

You want to be rid of me.

I'm too much trouble.

That's not true.

If you were alone, I'd welcome you gladly.

The Great Lord goes nowhere alone.

You renounced your power.

You have no need of an escort.

Only the birds and the beasts

live in solitude.

I've heard enough excuses.

Open the gates!

You needn't worry.

It's not for my men to enter,

but for me to leave!

Open the gates!

Now close them!

I will not see you again.


The villages are deserted.

Not a grain of rice anywhere.

The peasants took everything
and fled to the mountains.

My lord!

We must go to the Third Castle.

It was your first victory.

Go back where you started...

No, Ikoma!

If I could do that,

would I roam the plain hungry?

Use your head!

What kind of welcome would I get,

I, who banished the lord of the castle?

By order of Lord Taro Takatora,

head of the Ichimonji clan,

I take possession of this castle.

Open the gates!

Without our master, Saburo,

the castle is nothing to us.

We leave it to you.

We will follow him and die for him.

We hear he is with us, Lord Fujimaki.

We go to join him.

It's Tango!

I have rice, bean curd, plums...

I followed you

and saw how you suffered.

Though banished,
I am still your loyal vassal.

Is it really Tango?

Hold on!

Don't take charity from peasants.

A samurai will starve rather than beg.

The peasants are presumptuous.

Burn their villages!

Wait, my lord!

Don't blame the peasants.

Rather than disobey Taro's decree,
they fled.

What decree?

That you are banished.

Anyone who helps you...

will die.

Now I understand.

You tried to warn me of this.

Laugh, Tango.

Wretched Hidetora

rejected by his children,

driven from his castles,

with no place to go.

You have a place to go, my lord.

Master Saburo

has found refuge with Lord Fujimaki.

Go to him.

No, I can't.

How could I ever face him?

Listen to me!

All Saburo wants is your welfare.

If I'm disguised like this,

if I followed you so far,

it's all thanks to him.

He sent me to protect you.

I have news.

Saburo's men gave up the castle.

They went to join Lord Fujimaki.

Now Fujimaki's plot is clear.

First, he takes Saburo,

then Saburo's warriors,

then the lordship himself.

The Ichimonjis battle each other.

And he walks off with your land.

That's a lie!

He's not that kind of man!

We must go to the Third Castle!

But Taro's general has taken it!

Ogura? He won't touch us.

What do I smell?

A very fishy stink!

Ogura has only a few men.

We can beat them easily.

My horse!

That's it, hurry!

"Hell is ever at hand,
which you cannot say of Heaven."

Stay behind if you're afraid!

And yet,

all we did was tell the truth.

The enemy...

I know! Call Ikoma and Ogura!

It's a trap; they tricked us!

We're surrounded, overwhelmed!

We truly are in Hell!

Lord Taro is slain.


So be it!

A stray shot from the tower.

The fortunes of war.

The fates are kinder to you.

And Father?

He'll commit seppuku.

We are lost!

Prepare yourself.

Farewell, my lord.

Go back!

Lord Jiro!

The die is cast; do not falter.

You chose this path, follow it.

It leads to absolute rulership.

You can no longer turn back.

Is he mad?

And better off for it.

What do you mean?

Please, my lord, come to your wits!

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

What do you see?

Forgive me!

Oh, excellent!

The failed mind sees the heart's failings.

The wonder of it!

I see on this withered plain

All those I destroyed

A phantom army

One by one, they come floating

Rising before me

Who's there?

Travellers stranded by the storm.

Let us stay the night.

My house is too poor for visitors.

We ask nothing special.

I'm sorry, I must be alone.

Why? Are you diseased?


Then let us in.

I cannot.

The one who seeks shelter

is the Great Lord himself.

We're coming in.

Our Lord was taken ill. He is wet through.

Bring something to cover him.

I'm cold...


He is himself again.

More's the pity.

He is better off mad.

Listen to me.

I, Hidetora,

was attacked by my own sons.

I was betrayed by my vassal.

That's not the worst.

Because of me,

my loyal men died a useless death.

As fate would have it,

only I survived,

I, who should have died.

You there! Woman!

I am not a woman.

It's so dark, bring the light.

I have no light.

I have no need of one.

Are your eyes so poor?

Are you Lady Sué's brother,

young Lord Tsurumaru?


It's been a long time,

Lord Hidetora.

You remember me?

How could I forget you?

I was only a boy.

But, could I forget the man

who burned down our castle?

Who, in exchange for my life,

gouged out my eyes?

I try to be like my sister.

To pray Buddha,

and rid myself of hatred.

But not one day I do forget!

Not one night do I sleep in peace!

I regret I cannot welcome you

as befits the Great Lord.

Luckily... my sister gave me a flute.

I will play for you.

Lacking everything else,

I give you hospitality of the heart.

It is the only pleasure

left to me.


here is my brother's hair.

He died in the battle.

Unfortunately, it falls on me

to bring this unhappy news.


Where is my husband's body?

In this heat,

it was too unsightly to be displayed.

We burned it where it lay.

We held funeral rites at a temple.


Where are his armour and helmet?

You're mocking me.

I'm wearing them.

Surely you recognise them.

Of course.

But I didn't dream

you would wear them
so soon after his death.

So I chose not to see them.

You surprise me.

I had thought

my brother would be pleased
to see me in his armour.

It was stupid of me.

Forgive me.

Help me take it off!


I am about to be naked.

Lords Ikoma and Ogura, you have worked well

to further our interests.

We appreciate it.

These gifts are a token of thanks.

They're also a parting gift.


Lord Jiro feels it unwise

to keep you in his service.

Men who betray one master
may betray another.

A reasonable point of view.

Naturally you are disappointed,

but bear no grudges.

Is that clear?


The Lady Kaede is here.

Send her in.

My apologies for my harsh words.

I am ashamed.

The incident is forgotten.

They say your father has gone mad.

That should please you.

What do you mean by that?

I spoke frankly,

without gilding my thoughts.

Forgive me if I offended.

You must hate my father

for what he did to your family.

Am I wrong?

Now it's my turn to be frank.

You are just as pleased as I am.

Lord Jiro, you are now head

of the house of Ichimonji.

This helmet is rightfully yours.

I am not blind!

You murdered your brother,

and stole his title!

Prepare to die!


Even now,

you deny it?

It wasn't I who killed my brother.

Then who did?


Who was it?

It was...



You gave the order,
but won't take the blame.

A fine leader!

You give in so easily.

Now I will tell you the truth!

I don't care about Taro's death.

What concerns me,

is my own future.

I won't be a widow with my hair cropped,

nor a nun, with my head shaved.

This castle was my father's.

I won't leave it!

Consider my request well.

For my part, I'll say nothing

of your abominable crimes.

I won't reproach you,

or speak against you.

If I did, the kingdom would split.

But always remember...

I can destroy you!

Is it a bargain, Lord Jiro?

My Lord...

Yes, sister-in-law?


After what we've just done?

By rights,

I really should be

your wife.

I have my wife, Sué.

I'll be merely your concubine?

No... no...

You're mine.

No one else shall have you.

Don't cry, Kaede.

You won't just be a concubine.

As long as Lady Sué is there...

I'll attend to her.

But how?

I'll repudiate her.

That's not what I want!

After our ecstasy,

I can't bear it that another woman

has known your touch.

Such a woman cannot remain alive.

Well now, look where we are.

If fortune had run true,

Tsurumaru would live here.

You shelter in the very ruins

of the castle you burned.

Ignorance is bliss, indeed.

Your helmet, my lord.

Your plumes.

Don't you look regal!

Help, here come demons!

Two of them!

Traitors! You must pay!

No, wait!

Let us explain!

Save your breath.

I know all about your treachery.

Die, traitor!

Jiro killed Taro!

Madness saved Hidetora.

If he recovers his wits,

he'll be killed, too.

Jiro slew Taro, our lord is next.

We must take him to master Saburo.

If only we could.

Mention Saburo and he runs away.

He doesn't dare face him.

On that point, he's sane.

What about Master Saburo?

Would you like to see him?

The only way is to bring Saburo here.

Maybe he can talk sense to him.

I'll be back as soon as I can.

Take good care of him.

Lady Kaede leads you by the nose.

If you wish to marry, fine.

But kill Lady Sué for that?

Sometimes, killing is necessary.

But to kill on a whim!

The order is unreasonable,

I must refuse.

Lord Kurogane...

At the Second Castle,

there is a supply of salt?

Of course. Why?

When you bring back her head,

salt it first.

Otherwise, in this heat,
we'll be unable to look at it.

Lady Sué is so beautiful,

it would be ungracious to her.

Since you will go personally,

there will be no mistake.

Do it as you see it.

Why stay with this mad old man?

If the rock you sit on starts to roll,

jump clear.

Or you'll go with it and be squashed.

Only a fool stays aboard.

What is this place?


Think of it.

All my life,

I've been his nurse.

Good boy...

Sweet dreams.

I, Kurogane, am back.


Thank you for being quick.

At your service, my lady.

I have brought the object

as per your instructions.

Be so kind as to examine it.

I'll be the first to look.

What is this?

Your joking goes too far!

Is anything wrong?

Imagine that!

Lady Sué was a fox in disguise.

Enough of your tricks!

This is a statue of a shrine.

Clever fox: first become a human,

then turns himself to stone.

Are you making a fool of me?

Certainly not.

There are many foxes hereabouts.

It is said they take human form.

Take care, my lord.

They often impersonate women.

In Central Asia,
a fox seduced King Pan Tsu,

and made him kill 1000 men.

In China, he married King Yu
and ravaged the land.

In Japan, as Princess Tamamo,

he caused great havoc at court.

He became a white fox with nine tails.

Then they lost trace of him.

Some people say

he settled down here.

So beware, my lord, beware.

This is how you keep our bargain.

You conspire with Kurogane

to humiliate me!

No, you're wrong.


It's Kurogane's doing.

Always Kurogane!

Is he your only vassal?

He's the villain who kills Taro.

He's the hero who saves Sue.

A two-headed monster!

This is your "right arm"?

Until I have Sué's head,

you shall not see me again!

Sister... my flute!

We've no time to get it!

I've had it since boyhood.

What shall we do?

Kurogane said they'll pursue you.

I'll go back for the flute.

Your legs are old.

I'm the one to go.

We're near the ruins of your castle.

Go there and pray for your dead.

You may never be back again.

Tsurumaru, let's hurry.

I see our castle.

That is, what's left of it.

Which way, sister?

Over there.


Earth and sky are topsy-turvy.

I was the fool and made him laugh.

Now the coin is flipped.

Don't be mute, say something.

You speak nonsense, I'll speak truth.

We'll see what comes of it.

Begin, old man!

A serpent's egg is white and pure.

A bird's is speckled and soiled.

This is a castle...

Here's a wall.

The bird left the speckled egg
for the white.


The egg cracks, out comes a snake.

Empty space above the wall.


The bird is gobbled by the snake.

Where am I?

Who am I?

Stupid bird!


It hurts.

I'm a worm, don't crush me!

Who'd bother to crush a worm?

Who are you?

Is someone crying?

Who's crying?


Man is born crying.

When he's cried enough, he dies.

Saburo has crossed the river.

He's now in Hachiman Field.

It makes no sense.

What can he do with such few men?

Message from Lord Saburo.

He is here to find his father.

That done, he will leave in peace.

Fujimaki is at the border.

I don't like it.

I didn't want reinforcements.

You should be glad.

Thanks to Fujimaki,

the enemy is pinned down here.

We can rescue your father from Azusa Plain.

But it looks so aggressive.

One false move could mean war.

Maybe I was too hasty.

My worry spurred me on,

but my son-in-law will grumble.

Sitting here, we pose no threat.

Prepare for battle!

My Lord, this is ill-advised.

Let Saburo have his father.

Avoid this war.

Once he has Father,

he'll accuse me of treason and attack.

We can't give up Hidetora,

we don't know where he is.

There is much unrest in the land.

Fujimaki and Ayabe bide their time.

We need to retrench, not attack.

Lady Kaede awaits Lord Jiro

to celebrate his departure for battle.

A warlord doesn't run to his woman.

Stay away.

When the enemy is assembled,

we can go after his lordship.

Be patient... Rest the horses!



Kurogane has swayed you again.


It's no time for war.

Wars are won by strong leaders.

Why fear Fujimaki and Ayabe?

Your mistake

was to spare Hidetora, mad or not.

To kill him, I have to find him.

Saburo knows where he is.

Otherwise, he wouldn't have come.

Send him a message.

Say he can have his father.

Watch his movements

and send out your assassins.

I'm lost.

Such is the human condition.

This path,

I remember...

We came this way before.

Men always travel the same road.

If you're tired of it, jump!

Up there.

Who is it?


Sister, that voice...

This ruin was once a castle.

It belonged to Sué's father.

I destroyed it.

Why am I here?

Why is Sué here?

And Tsurumaru too!

Is this a dream?

No, this is Hell.

The lowest level of Hell.


Message from Lord Jiro!

Very good.

He says he won't attack.

We're to leave once we have Father.

Let's go at once.

We'd give away his whereabouts.

Wait till dark.

Ayabe is on the move.

Vulture! He smells blood!

Stay calm, my lord.

Ayabe is watching,

so is Fujimaki.

They're waiting.

Don't give them an excuse to attack.

He wants Father, but makes no move.

What's his game?

She's taking so long.

I'll go to see what's keeping her.

No, don't!

Never mind the flute.

You're acting like a child.

I don't want to be alone again.

You won't be alone.

This image of the Buddha Amida

will protect you in my place.


I won't be gone long.


I found Kyoami crying on Azusa Plain.

Where's our master?

Forgive me!

He's disappeared.

You lost him

on the plain?

Now we can't wait for dark.

I'm going to Azusa Plain.

Keep the enemy busy here.

Ten men follow Lord Saburo!

He's moving...

He's heading for Azusa Plain.

Gunnery captain!

Take your men to Azusa Plain

and lay an ambush.

A reward for whoever kills Saburo.

Are you mad?

Break your word and it's war!

So be it. It was inevitable.

Saburo is not our only enemy.

So what?

If they attack, we retaliate.

We grab their land,

and enlarge our own.

Fine words, but words don't win wars.

Where's the dog eager for prey?

Kaede's right.

You're a mouse posing for a mastiff.

Kaede barks and you grovel.


Stay behind!

If you fear to fight, desert!

If I desert,

where could I go?


You have your orders... Go!

Message for Lord Saburo.

"Enemy gunners coming: take care."



Thinks he's smart.

Get ready, men!

We're moving into the woods!


What a sky!

Am I in the other world?

Is this paradise?


Why are you so cruel?

Why pull me from my grave?

Don't you know me?



What do you mean by "father"?

Wait, I remember.

I had three sons.

Are you one of them?

Yes, I am Saburo.


"'8 you!

I have no face to show you,

no words to excuse myself.

Give me poison to drink,

I'll swallow it gladly.

Don't talk like that.

I don't hate you, Father.

No sweet lies, I've had my fill.

Does he look like a hypocrite?

True, soft words often deceive.

But my lord, look at him!

Tears like this,

can only come from the heart.

Come with me.

You'll live with us,

and forget this bad dream.

If only you can forget

my cruelty to you.

Forgive me.

I am a stupid old fool.


The enemy is in the woods.

Our superior strength is useless there.

Then, they'll burn them out!


Pull back!

We outnumber them.

Crush them!

Ayabe is marching on the First Castle.


He's on the ridge!

Those troops are a decoy.

Pull back!


That's enough!

Another cheer!

I have so much to say.

When we're alone and quiet,

we will talk, father to son.

That's all I want.

Nothing else.

He is dead.

I know when one is dead.

He is dead.

You and I live!

But Saburo...

You can't die.

I have tales to tell,

forgiveness to ask.

Is this justice?

Are you gone forever?

Keep away!

It grows dark...

Senile old fool.

Do not call back his spirit.

He has suffered enough.

Lord Saburo!

Victory is ours!

The enemy is retreating
with Ayabe in pursuit.

We've won!


It doesn't seem possible.

He isn't here to share this.

Hidetora is also gone... why?

Are there no gods... no Buddha?

If you exist, hear me!

You are mischievous and cruel!

Are you so bored up there,

you must crush us like ants?

Is it such fun to see men weep?

Enough! Do not blaspheme!

It is the gods who weep.

They see us killing each other

over and over since time began.

They can't save us from ourselves.

Don't cry.

It's how the world is made.

Men prefer sorrow over joy,

suffering over peace.

Look at them in the First Castle.

They revel in pain and bloodshed.

They celebrate murder.

We'll stay, you go to the tower.

Where's Lord Jiro?

Whose head is that...
Saburo's or Hidetora's?

Neither. My lord ordered me to...

ls Lady Kaede the master here?

I serve you, but never her!


Your scheming destroyed
the house of Ichimonji!

Such is the vanity of woman!

Vanity, you say?

I wanted to avenge my family!

I wanted this castle to burn!

I have done all I set out to do.

My lord, prepare to die.

I, Kurogane, will follow you.

Subtitles by Anne Brav

Subtitling by Eclair Media

This movie has been restored

Color grading validated by Shéji Ueda

In collaboration with Eclair Group

This project has been funded
with the help of J-LOP.