Synopsis: Three stories of undying love: Bound by a long red cord, a young couple wanders in search of something they have forgotten. An aging yakuza returns to the park where he used to meet his long-lost girlfriend. A disfigured pop star confronts the phenomenal devotion of her biggest fan.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Takeshi Kitano
Production: Palm Pictures
  3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

We're ready.

Okay, let's start.

I beg you

Calm your heart

Do not be a slave

To such miserable feelings

Who has put you in this state?

No one else...

None other than I

I, Umekawa...

I am to blame for all.

Should I be grateful?

Or should I lament?

I don't know

Read my heart

Bowed in touching distress

She cried anguished tears

Onto the pieces of gold

The coins soon resembled

Beautiful and bright kerria flowers

All covered with dew

Bathed in her tears

The coins sparkled brilliantly

Honor, glory and fortune

Are only fleeting grains of sand

Their traces become dust

Scattered on the roads to Yamato

To be forever trampled on

They're the bound beggars.

Bound beggars!

- Hey!

- Hi.

Tell me, Sawako,

isn't she Matsumoto's bride?

Not anymore.

When I got his invitation,

I thought they finally tied the knot.

But I was wrong.

He's marrying the daughter

of our company's president.

You're kidding!

The family has taken

a liking to him.

So, he's a Cinderella boy?

He's out of our league now!

But how did he deal with Sawako?

He must have made a clean break.

I never thought Matsumoto

was the type!

Any guy would take

that opportunity.


It's a shortcut to success.

In two years time,

we'll be bowing down to him.

It's the president's request!

I'm already engaged.

Forget her.

You haven't married her yet.

This is about your life.

Your father is right.

He's a hard worker.

But it was harder on him

without a diploma.

Why do you think

he sent you to college?

Think carefully.

This is about your life.

It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

Don't let it go by.

I could never leave her.

If it's too difficult,

we'll apologize.

We'll beg her,

do whatever it takes.

What is it?


I'm so happy!

Excuse me.

Someone is here to see you.

A friend of Miss Sawako.


What's going on?

An old friend of mine is here.

I had forgotten to invite him.

Choosing success

was so important?

Sawako chose suicide.

Is she dead?

No, she survived.

But she's lost her mind.

She doesn't even recognize me.

She's as good as dead.

Where is she?


Which one?

She won't recognize you either.

Sawako chose suicide.

She won't recognize you either.

It's delicious.

Drink some more.

What happened to him?

He just disappeared.

And the wedding?

Looks like it's cancelled.

Okay! We pick up the trash.

Then we put it in here.

There's still some over there.

That's it.


Leaving your own wedding!

What were you thinking?

The bride was in tears.

And the president was furious.

Could you lend me some money?

Now, that's...

Whatever you have on you.

What do you plan to do?

If you don't apologize soon,

you'll be ruined.

You're a real friend.

I'll call you soon.

Hey! Matsumoto!


Your lady friend...

Don't leave the room on your own.

You'll just get into trouble.

I'll take care of everything.

I'm sorry.

Give me that.


But Sawako, she...

I know.

It seems she's not

well at all. Is that true?

Are you there?



Hey, you!

Are you from around here?

Where do you live?

Excuse me.

Is something wrong?

- Do you know her?

- Yes.

Then you should pay for them.

Give them to me.

Do you want to play?

Go ahead. Open them.

Let me...

Like this.

Let me...

You have to blow.

Like this.

It's chilly. Come inside.

You'll catch a cold.

Watch out, you idiots!

Are you crazy?

I'll buy you a new one.

Forgive me.

All done.

Everything's loaded.

Good. Thank you.

Thank you for everything.

We'll be going now.

We'll be going now.

It was his choice.

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Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano (北野 武, Kitano Takeshi, born 18 January 1947) is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, abroad he is known almost entirely for his filmwork. With the exception of his works as a film director, he is known almost exclusively by the stage name Beat Takeshi (ビートたけし, Bīto Takeshi). Kitano rose to prominence in the 1970s as one half of the comedy duo Two Beat, before going solo and becoming one of the three biggest comedians in the country. After several small acting roles, he made his directorial debut with 1989's Violent Cop and garnered international acclaim for Sonatine (1993). But he was not accepted as a director in Japan until Hana-bi won the Golden Lion in 1997. In October 2017, Kitano's completed his Outrage crime trilogy with the release of Outrage Coda.He has received critical acclaim for his idiosyncratic cinematic work, winning numerous awards with Japanese film critic Nagaharu Yodogawa having once dubbed him "the true successor" to influential filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. Many of Kitano's films are dramas about yakuza gangsters or the police. Described by critics as using an acting style that is highly deadpan or a camera style that approaches near-stasis, Kitano often uses long takes where little appears to be happening, or editing that cuts immediately to the aftermath of an event. Many of his films express a bleak worldview, but are also filled with humor and affection for their characters. more…

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