Something Good: The Mercury Factor






I haven't told you the whole truth.

I want you to know everything.

I'm not a killer,

but I am indirectly responsible

for the three deaths

the police are accusing me of,

and other deaths,

that I don't know about.

Yunnan Province, Southern China

Shitou, how do you feel today..

What's the matter, Shitou?

Port of Gioia Tauro, Italy

Amore, amore, amore.

I could be Italian, right?

Amore, amore, amore.

- Hey, you're early.

- Not early enough, eh?

You miss Italy?

Yeah, especially that

restaurant we always go to.

Well, I already booked us a table.

Yeah, they're gonna prepare raw squid.

And there is a wonderful lady

who's dying to be your guest.

- Ah. Did she like my gift?

- I don't know.

You can ask her yourself.

Just listen to this sh*t!

- Always a pleasure to see you.

- Same here, captain.

Speed up, we're waiting for you.

Contact the Health Office..

Gonna be here in a couple of hours.

- Captain..

- The Mercury is approaching, keep in touch.

We finally have the opportunity

to catch this son of a b*tch.

Don't blow it.

Guys, do not blow it, eh!?

- I see them.

- Find out who's dirty, then let them go.

Roger that.

They are meeting alone

with an official, Dr. Rama. Over.

- What is it this time?

- Fish, 200 tons.

- Where from?

- Japan. Fukushima.

The nuclear accident..?

Radioactive fish.

Not the usual crap,

it'll cost you more.

- Or less.

- Maybe we can find somebody else.

You can't cut me out,

I know too much.

Maybe that's why we should cut you out.

Come here.

- Complete a visa for these gentlemen.

- Yes, right away.

-Type of cargo, Food.

Provenance, Japan.

Name of ship ...

- Mercury.

- Mercury.

Results of health test, negative.

- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

OK, you go down to the wharf,

you wait for the ship,

- and I'll join you in a.. 10 minutes.

- Where are you going?

To make a phone call. You know,

I'd like to get laid after business.


What's going on? They split up?

Sh*t, sh*t!

Block all the exits of the harbor.

Block all the exits of the harbor! Do it!

Hello Captain? Abort! Abort!

Yeah, the restaurant in closed.

Yeah, get out of here.

Hey, the cops are on the move,

I don't like.

- They were expecting us.

- What!?

You know the rules.

You know we never met.

Well wait a minute!

Wh.. what about me!?

I'm sorry. You're f***ed.

I'm out of here.

But .. it's my birthday!

- Hands up!

- Stop! Son of a b*tch!

Happy birthday...

Do you know anything

about plants, Mr. Valli?

I can tell the difference between,

uh.. edible and poisonous.

I was once a farmer,

plants were my life.

Now I only have time for these penjing.

You know the meaning of the word?

The Japanese copied them from you,

and call them "bonsai".

I was told, how you saved Mercury's cargo.

The cargo was unloaded in Rotterdam,

and now it's in stores all over Europe.

- You have never disappointed me.

- I've been lucky.

The rarest of virtues.

Do you know what I appreciate

about these plants?

They depend on me,

I decide everything about them.

Size, the shape...

life, death.

As you know, my group handles

a wide range of investments.

What if I told you that..

I needed a lucky man,

to whom I would entrust the food sector,

what would you say?

Go on.

New name, new life,

enough money to make sure

you don't miss getting old.

- And what's my new name?

- Mister...

- Mercury!

- Like the ship I saved.

By the god of fraud.

You will need his protection.

The meeting's nearly over.

Will you be joining us?

Mister Mercury.

He's gonna work for us.

- Zhao, my son.

- Nice to meet you. It's a pleasure.

He just returned from England,

where he studied at the

London School of Economics.

A very selective school.

I expect the most

from the person who will take my place.

And I'm his only son.

Run while you can.

I'm afraid it's a bit late.

You'll do good things together.

Hello? Hello..

No, I'm late, I'm sorry.

It's pouring out here.

No, I don't think I can make it..



because... OK. Hello..?

What do you mean "stop"?

It's been 2 years.

And you are my lawyer,

how can you tell me to stop?

It's not about money.

It's about justice.

I want to press charges, OK?

..going to be late.

Thank you. Please keep me informed.

Thank you very much. Bye.

They're gonna buy from Singapore,

so I don't think..

I'll meet you there, OK?

OK, good call.

- So six for fifty tons.

- They offered me nine!

- Always the same gig! Come on, Wu!

- I'll think about it.

Listen, Wu, this is our final offer.

You always know we deal in final offers.

I told you, I'll think about it!!

Look, Wu:
your pigs got more

antibiotics than proteins.

Now that's good for them, 'cause

they're healthier than I am.

But not so good for the people that eat 'em,

these are more cancerous than uranium.

I suggest you take the offer.

$200,000 in your Singapore bank

in thirty seconds.

Take it or leave it.

Yes? No?

Done. You're a rich man.

Let's go.

...a live one.

Let's go, move it!

- Find out who offered them nine.

- Scare 'em a little?

No. We'll sell them the pigs

and make $500,000 in 10 minutes.

What a day. Call you later, OK?

Be safe.

Hi, Paul. Yeah, I just need to check

the account on Hong Kong dollars.

Did you wire the money? Yeah, good.


Just everything in cash.

No, transfer goes directly

from Russia to Korea.

And I want you to

channel it back to Singapore.

The new cargo is going to

leave Odessa next week.

They know the bank.

Yes, they know the account.

Dressed already?

You work by nights... I work by day.

I don't remember your name.

I never gave it to you. There's some

Kosher breakfast in the other room if you want it.

If you don't like it,

just call room service. OK?

Kosher.. I didn't realize that..

you were Jewish.

I'm not.

But I feel safer having a rabbi

checking my food.

Should be $5000, hope that's OK.

The rest of the world calls it 2001.

Historical Chinese calendar

refers to it as the year 4639.

Whatever it's called, that year

changed the world.

And not because of the collapse

of the twin towers..

The world changed because

China entered the global market,

and is today, its leader.

Old barriers collapsed that year:

duties and taxes on Chinese products.

But new ones have been erected,

those on food, health,

environmental safety.. Set up to

slow down the development of this country.

Barriers that we found ways to bypass.

Take the "Made in Italy" label, for example.

One of the most prestigious

we have, and salable.

Cold cuts, cheeses, oils,

pasta, wine.

Four-fifths of the world's foods,

that boast that fake brand, are ours.

A volume of business worth tens

of millions of dollars, every year.

But that's the past.

The future is Africa.

Africa! Yeah! Africa!

America and Europe have preyed on

that continent for centuries...

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