The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) Poster

Sô Yamamura: Okishima


  • Okishima : [in parting words to Kaji]  I'm boarding this run-down truck, but you're trying to catch the train of humanism before it's too late. I won't stop you. You seem willing to pay the fare, no matter how high.

  • Okishima : Where you been hidin'?

    Kaji : What's wrong with you? Drunk, I see.

    Okishima : Think I got drunk and came to make trouble? I had a drink with the boss, but I'm not drunk.

    Okishima : [they enter Kaji's house and Okishima lays on the floor]  I have some hot news. They're issuing commendations for the increased production. Okazaki will surely be included. I told the boss you were the only one in Labor who deserved a commendation... The boss felt the same way, but he feared that this old-timer might feel slighted... You don't think I'd feel slighted, do you?

    Kaji : Why have you suddenly turned to brute force?

    Okishima : [snickering]  The boss asked the same thing. I was born a brute... Good enough?

    [Kaji shifts in contemplation] 

    Okishima : How long do you plan to keep on like this?

    Kaji : Meaning what?

    Okishima : Straddling a fundamental contradiction and trying to justify it... I'm out of breath. If I'm being a nuisance, just say so and I'll back off.

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