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#1 14 years ago

Just watched it again and there is one thing I always wonder when I watch this movie. If you didn't watch the movie yet, there are some minor spoilers ahead.

When the bridge is completed Colonel Saito signs an official looking document and cuts of a bit of his hair with a dagger. What exactly does this mean? Maybe someone here can guess what kind of document he signed? Maybe a discharge or his will? In another scene you can see him taking the dagger and the letter with him to the bridge.

I know that cutting of the hair of a Samurai is a sign of dishonor, but I have no idea what exactly is going on there :)




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#2 14 years ago

It isn't said I don't think but Captain Saito IIRC was the Christian guy who had a bit of compassion towards the prisoners and was deeply unhappy at their treatment.

BOTRK is a good film but HIGHLY inaccurate... treat it as it is... as if it's a fiction and virtually anyone will love it... Guiness > all :)




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#3 14 years ago
Count NosferatuGuiness > all :)

indeed

Saitor was the commander of the camp. I think the one you speak about it ... something with M :)




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#4 14 years ago

MrFancypantsJust watched it again and there is one thing I always wonder when I watch this movie. If you didn't watch the movie yet, there are some minor spoilers ahead.

When the bridge is completed Colonel Saito signs an official looking document and cuts of a bit of his hair with a dagger. What exactly does this mean? Maybe someone here can guess what kind of document he signed? Maybe a discharge or his will? In another scene you can see him taking the dagger and the letter with him to the bridge.

I know that cutting of the hair of a Samurai is a sign of dishonor, but I have no idea what exactly is going on there :)[/QUOTE]

I think Saito is shamed because he failed to break Nicholson's will (Guiness), since he had to agree that the British officers would supervise the construction of the bridge, but won't work on it as he had demanded in the beginning.

[quote=CountNosferatu]Guiness > all :)

Damn right! :cool:




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#5 14 years ago

Well yes, but I wondered if his shame prompts him to commit suicide or to leave the army? I guess one of those two things he declared in this document.




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#6 14 years ago
MrFancypantsWell yes, but I wondered if his shame prompts him to commit suicide or to leave the army? I guess one of those two things he declared in this document.

Probably suicide. After all, he was ordered to ensure that the bridge was completed in time or he would have to commit seppuku. While he succeded in doing so, he lost the personal battle (so to speak) against Nicholson by accepting his conditions.

There were quite a few Japanese officers committed suicide after a defeat. Simply resigning is more of a Western way of dealing with defeat. ;)




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#7 14 years ago

its a nice movie with a nice theme song :)




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#8 14 years ago

Indeed, do you know the lyrics for that song? :)