Golden Slumber

Synopsis: When easy-going Aoyagi meets an old friend for a fishing trip, he ends up drugged, framed for the Prime Minister's assassination, and on the run from corrupt cops. It's only the beginning of what quickly becomes the worst, weirdest day of his life. But he'll get by with a little help from his friends, who include a famous pop diva, a rockabilly deliveryman, a crippled old gangster, and the world's most cheerful serial killer. Among the many puzzles of this twisty, clever film is how Nakamura manages to sneak a genuinely moving tribute to friendship into the madcap procession of perilous events. No matter what befalls Aoyagi, his friends and parents believe in him because of his steadfast, almost irrational pleasantness.
Director(s): Yoshihiro Nakamura
Production: Toho Company
  1 nomination.
139 min

This elevator is going down.

Nanami, hurry.

The elevator's here.

You can't swing that around here.

No, Daddy, don't let hertake it,


- Sorry.

- Behave yourself, Honey.

going down.

Did l surprise you?


That's what this serial killer says

as he stabs his victims.

l read it in a tabloid.

You read tabloids?

He's known as Kill-0.

That guy back in the elevator...

l was half expecting him to say,

''Did l surprise you?''

What's wrong?



lt's dangerous to wander off.


When's Dad coming home?

The day aftertomorrow?

When you start eating peppers.

He doesn't have to come back then.

Poor Daddy...

''Serial Killer,

watch out forthis man,''

lt's been so long,

When did you come back to Sendai?

Last year.

What? How come?

You know, things happen.

Like what?

Well Aoyagi, you broke up with Haruko.

And you, Aoyagi...

You became famous when you

saved a pop idol. And you...

ls that my fault?

-Yes, it is.

-Well, sorry.

Are we fishing in the sea or river?

What do l need...

Where's yourfishing gear?

l give it an A minus.

How come?

lt's popular but not too crowded

and middle-aged men like us

blend into it's homely atmosphere.

You haven't changed.

Remember our

Food Culture Research Club?

Friendship through fast food.

l bet it didn't last.

Afterwe graduated

l heard that Kazu found 10 new

club members.

Keeping logs of fast-food joints

and menus...

Who would join such a club?

You were the enthusiastic one,

l was young and silly.

Nice car, when did you buy it?

Are we eating here?

The prawn's mine.

Are you here forthe Prime Minister?

The parade? No, l'm not interested.

l'm sorry,

What are you doing?

You can have this.

You've always eaten fries like that.

Some things never change.

Do you know what a man's strengths are?


And trust.

Habits and trust.

Golden Slumber

When pop idol Rinka returned to her

hometown in Sendai

a burglar broke into

her condominium.

Luckily she was rescued when

a young deliveryman came by.

Mr. Aoyagi knocked him down

with a leg sweep!

He saved my life! l don't know

howto thank him.

Any comments, Mr. Aoyagi?

Sorry but l have

packages to deliver.

You knocked the thief down with

a leg sweep. ls that judo?

A college friend taught me

that one technique!


Boy, l dozed off,

Did you put something in this?

Yep, l put a sedative in it.

l put it in the lid with a syringe.

ls that right.

lt's the Beatles...

The lullaby.

lt's Golden Slumbers from

Abbey Road.

lt's a song about the way

you once took home.

lt reminds me of the fun

we had in college.

When l hear get back homeward

l remember how we were

back in those days.

You're so sentimental,

Was it the major outer reap?

What's that?

When you threw the burglar...

l only know one judo technique.

l boasted to my kid that l'd taught

you that.

Your kid,

A kid? You have a child?

l married straight after college.

He's at elementary school.

l moved to Tokyo...

and married my pregnant girlfriend.

She was an avid slot player.

She was addicted to it.

She took the kid there


And before we knew it,

we were in debt.

l defaulted on my debt obligations.

What kind of bullshit law school

talk is that?

Morita, are you okay?

l hit rock bottom repaying the debts.

Then l got a call.

lt was a suspicious offer.

My debts would be cancelled if

l did what they asked.

What did they want?

My task was

to bring you to this cartoday.

And then l was to sedate you

until 12:

Who are they?


Has anything strange happened

to you recently?

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