Synopsis: Japan, 250 years ago. Soetsu is a moneylender who is killed by the cruel samurai Shinzaemon. His body is dumped in the Kasenega-Fuchi river. According to legend, all who drown in the river will never surface again. 20 Years later, Shinkichi, the handsome son of Shinzaemon, coincidentally meets Toyoshiga, the daughter of Soetsu. They fall in love. It is a doomed love, as the spirit of Soetsu is far from dead.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Director(s): Hideo Nakata
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
  1 win.
115 min

Before, when I was living in my home town

There was an acupuncturist called Soetsu

After the death of his wife

He was living with his two daughters

He saved his money little by little

Eventually, he became a money lender

On a snowy night before New Year

He came to Shinzaemon's house to collect debts

Shinzaemon owed the money lender

The total amount is 65 taels of gold

I won't pay means I won't pay!

If you don't pay me half the amount I won't go

The money is to prepare for my daughters to celebrate the New Year.....

What a coincidence, I don't have money for rice too!

But you have money for wine

Shut up!

I've never been insulted by an acupuncturist before

You've borrowed and yet don't pay, that's unreasonable

If you doh't pay today, when can you going to pay?

Be careful what you say, or else I will kill you

You are saying that you don't want to pay and want to kill me?

You're insolent!

Shinzaemon nearly chopped off his head

Soetsu, crawling on the garden ground saw something

it was a sickle lying in the snow

You want to retaliate?

What wrong have Soetsu done?

Kicking on Soetsu who is lying on the ground

He slash him again


I hate you...


Shinzi.... Shinzi,,,,,

Not far away from here

there is a river,

where a woman called Lay was murdered by his husband

From then one, those died there will never float up again

A horrible rumour

Shinzaemon didn't want his deeds to be exposed

Order Soetsu's body to be thrown into the river

God help us....


The two newly orphaned daughters looked everywhere for their father


Your father Soetsu is no longer in this world....

From then on, Shizaemon's family are having chains of misfortunes

Finally, Shimzaemon became mad

Killed his wife and then commit suicide

His house was abandaoned


See for the last time

This is the beginning of kaidan......


Director :
Hideo Nakata

Uncle, I am going

Okay, be careful



Shinzi, how are you?



One more time


Try again




Okay, one more time


It's really cold



Do you want cigarettes?

Er.... the next time

I.....I think I want some now

Soetsu's daughter Toyoshiga

Shinzaemon's son Shinzi

Even though they do not know the truth

but they are drawn by fate together


These two people's life are entwine

Shinzi's , it smells good

Don't have to go to other places to buy

The taste is great. This is also good

Thank you. Please patronize me from now on

Very crowded

Please, give me some as well

You can give her the whole box

What are you saying,,,,

This is called generous. Treat you to some

Don't talk nonsense

I am going to the bath

It's raining

It's okay, it will be quieter

Walk carefully


It's the rain

Don't just stand there, come inside

Teacher, are you going out?

If the tobacco got wet then it wouldn't be good?

I cannot trouble you

You are troubling me by just standing there


You are so stubborn

It's snowing.......

I am going now

Teacher, Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

You have to work hard in your practise this year


Has it been 3 years , right?

But Teacher

I want to improve my standard

This is a good instruments


You can just say that, even though there is not a bit of improvement

Right! Haven't seen Shinzi around lately?

We haven't seen him, so what?


There isn't one bit of improvement

If he is not sick then it's okay



The weather is not good

Can't do business

Haven't seen you around lately?


Everyone is enquiring about you

Still the same

That's good

Everytime it snows, I will meet you

Don't think it will stop today

It will stop before sunset

It won't snow again, come..

From here to my house is very near, come


The snow is piling up


Don't sit there , come closer to the fire

This will be the last time I see you

Under your recommendations, business is good

but...... this have to end

Have anyone said anything?

If I come here again, it will surely invite rumours


They would say I am coming to meet you

I fell in love with you on first sight

I've been thinking of you eversince

The more I control myself

The more I want to see you

What are you saying?

We are like mother and son

I like older man

and they have to be tall

I don't like.....

Lately, there have been more childish man......

From the beginning, I know you would not like me

You have someone you like?


Your body still need to grow

Just give me one night like this

I am very lonely

The sky has cleared

You can go back now

Sooner or later, you will disappear, right?


My father disappeared on a snowy night

Actually,the next morning

My younger sister and I went to look for him

When the snow starts to melt in the afternoon

The two of us is up to our neck with mud

How are you? How are you?


Sister, I am coming in

I am dressed in the kimono you gave me


You are here

How are you..........

Let's go

I don't understand?

What is that greenhorn Shimzi doing with Teacher?

Shimzi must be overjoyed!

It is really shocking!

I would also like the teacher to take care of me


To be drained of your energy wouldn't be so good

Want to take one with you?

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Satoko Okudera

Satoko Okudera (奥寺 佐渡子, Okudera Satoko, born 1966 in Iwate Prefecture) is a Japanese screenwriter. She is known for her screenplays in both the live-action and anime mediums. Her 1995 screenplay for Gakkō no kaidan was nominated for the Japan Academy Prize. She is best known for her collaborations with anime director Mamoru Hosoda. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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