Enbamingu

Year:
1999
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Embalming...

In Ancient Egypt, the dead bodies of kings

were soaked in precious balsam oil

to prevent decay and preserve the body

in a mummified state for eternity.

The origin of embalming lies in the

discovery of balsam oil and its use.

During the American Civil War,

embalming was widely used

in order to transport soldiers' bodies back

to their often far away home towns.

As a result,

embalming became famous world-wide.

Originally, embalming was seen as a means

of preserving the influence and power of men

and the beauty of women for posterity.

At present, the use of embalming in the

North American continent exceeds 90%,

and through technological

advances it is now possible

to preserve a body in its original state

for up to 100 years after death.

Fundamentally, embalming is an expression

of affection by the surviving family,

and an opportunity for them to say a

final farewell to their loved ones.

Embalming is a technique

that maintains the dignity of the dead.

Practitioners of such techniques

are known as 'embalmers'...

Reiko Takashima

Yutaka Matsushige

Seijun Suzuki

Hitomi Miwa

Masatoshi Matsuo

Kojiro Hongo

Toshio Shiba

- Hi.

- Good morning.

So what do you want?

I've got a job for you.

You always want to see the actual

scene of the incident, don't you?

'Love Discourse'

That guy in uniform, his hobby

is raping women at the break of dawn.

The top people are having a hard time

covering it up for him all the time.

Don't make such stupid jokes.

You'll have to put up with it if you

want to see the scene of the incident.

It was a young person, wasn't it?

How can you tell?

I can smell it.

The smell of death.

Yoshiki Shindo, 17 years old.

Most probably suicide or an accident.

There's no suspicion of

homicide in this case.

How can you tell?

I can smell it.

So it's just another boring case

for Detective Hiraoka.

His mother's gone mad and is

refusing to bury her son's body.

She wants to restore it to its

previous form and preserve it forever.

So what are you going to

do about it, Ms. Embalmer?

It's for fifty days.

What?

A body can only be preserved

for fifty days following death.

It can't be preserved forever...

Rich family?

It's Hideto Shindo. He's the

head of the National Country Party.

Let me know when

you finish the autopsy.

It'll be done by lunchtime.

Mr. Kurume, TD-2 embalming

treatment will be applied.

Could you please store

his clothes somewhere?

He doesn't look like that anymore.

Such a horrible ending.

He was a beautiful boy.

'I want to preserve his

current state for ever... '

I thought I already told you:

A body can only be preserved

for fifty days after death.

You should be careful

what you wish for.

Yeah, Mr. Detective?

These stitches need to be re-done.

How about signs of drug addiction?

There's no sign of it.

OK, let's start.

What is it?

A needle...

Daitokuin

(Daitoku Temple)

Miyako Murakami,

I command you to

immediately stop the evil acts

that you are inflicting

on Yoshiki Shindo's body.

Well, who are you?

Daitokuin Chief Bonze Jion.

What do you mean by 'evil acts'?

It's his family's wish that the

embalming be carried out.

I'm also the father of a

young boy who has passed away.

I am conveying to you

the wish of Hideto Shindo.

Well, what do you want me to do?

All things are transient.

There's not a single living creature

that can live for eternity.

Human bodies are destined

to return back to the soil.

So what you are carrying out is a

violation of the silence of Bodhisattva,

and is therefore an act of evil.

I order you to stop

the embalming immediately!

What are you talking about?

Embalming actually helps families

who have lost their loved ones.

Is that an evil thing to do?

I can see obsession in your face,

an obsession with death!

It's your own suffering that you're

trying to alleviate by embalming.

It's you that needs help!

You are possessed by death!

It was in his body...

I wonder how and where

it got inside.

I doubt if we'll be able

to confirm how or when.

Anyway, it means there's a slight

possibility of some kind of homicide.

Good for you.

Yeah, I can use it as an excuse

to spend more time with you.

Anyway, talking about

Daitokuin Chief Bonze Jion,

it looks like you've been

targeted by a huge organization.

He has a lot of followers.

But Jion is still just

some rip-off faith healer

targeting society's political

and economical echelons.

But I am possessed by death...

He knew what he was talking about.

You're an embalmer, aren't you?

You have to regularly deal with death.

She was trying to die, wasn't she?

You mean Rika?

She was a girlfriend of Yoshiki Shindo.

Hey, do you think embalming

can really heal their trauma?

It helps me feel better, at least.

When did this happen?

I can't remember.

OK.

No!

No! No!

Stop making a scene!

You're making a fool of yourself!

I apologize for what happened.

Can I speak to the person

in charge here?

Please understand, this was a robbery

case and could not have been avoided.

I'm in charge.

Then let me inform you.

Please return my son to his original state.

We can't hold a proper funeral like this.

I'm a congressman of a national party.

There'll be leading politicians, including

the former Prime Minister, at the funeral.

We'll be disgraced if we display

his body without its head.

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