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?


Have you met anybody recently?


l was at a manga-cafe the other day.

Hey, This computer doesn't work,

ls it my fault?

She sounds suspicious.

She doesn't,

She approached you.

Well, she did...

- Did she ask you to hand out fliers?


Rememberwhat we talked about

back in college?

The Beatles...?

Two... Three and four,

- The major outer reap?

-No, damn it,

You don't have to yell.

Look behind us.

lt's Prime Minister Kaneda's parade.

l was told to get you here

behind the parade,

Aren't we fishing?

Listen, Aoyagi.

They'll make you

into a Lee Harvey 0swald.

He's the one who was framed

as JFK's killer.

They made him hand out communist

fliers before the assassination.

Who's they?

Somebody in power.

They created this image of him

as an activist.

lt was just an image.

lt's all about image. How about you?

l didn't hand out fliers...

You saved that pop idol 2 years ago.

That made you an instant celebrity,

a hero.

l think...

the Prime Minister

will be assassinated in this parade.


What's the punch line?

lt's your image, you see,

A man who posed as a hero

kills the Prime Minister.

-What's that?

-Aoyagi, you have to think,

- Think what?

- Don't be gullible,

Don't drink water offered to you.

When you're invited on a fishing trip

don't go and buy fishing gear,


lt's a bomb.

There's one under us too.

l checked the carwhile

you were out cold.

This car's rigged.

lt's a bomb that even someone like me

can recognize.

-We'd better run...

-You run.

Come on, Morita.

l can't,

lf l run, my family will be

in danger.

Two policemen are approaching us.

The explosion was overthere

but they are coming this way.

Listen, Aoyagi.


lf you have to, crawl yourway

out of here.

Escape at all costs.

Stay alive.

As long as you're alive,

there's a way.


Did you do it?

With the pop idol?

Do what?



Don't move,

What's this?

What's going on?

What's happening to me?

What's going on?



Come to my place.

You should see the news.

lt's major!

Hi, Koume.


Prime Minister Kaneda's homecoming

parade began at 12 noon.

The explosion occurred at 12:15.

There was a big explosion!

The area is covered with thick smoke.

The cause ofthe explosion

is not clear.

But we do get some idea from

the video.

Above the Prime Minister's

open top limousine

there's a suspicious

object hovering.

lt appears to be

an RC helicopter.

There is a possibility that

it was an act ofterrorism.

The Prime Minister's condition

is still unknown.

You want to try flying an

RC helicopter?. lt's fun!

She sounds suspicious.

The helicopter's operator

might still be in the area.

That's right.

Aoyagi, are you at my place now?.

Yes, l am.


Where are you?

The latest on the bomb attack

on Prime Minister Kaneda.

At 1:
40 pm, Prime Minister Kaneda

was pronounced dead.

The police must prevent

the perpetrator's escape.

For the next several hours

all public transportation

will stop temporarily...

ls the city of Sendai in a

state of siege?

How about the impact on


So you mean for the sake of


and uninterrupted business

we should let the perpetrator escape?

lfthat's what you're suggesting,

we'll consider it.

Can l watch TV on this?

Yes, with the tuner, you can.

The National Police Agency arrived

very quickly.

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