SoieDVD - 2008
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AnneDromeda May 20, 2011
Lovely cinematography. This whole film is beautiful, but did anyone else find the dense melancholy to be so over-the-top as to become sort of hilarious? I had a hard taking all those dour faces seriously after a while...
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Japan? Where is that?
-It's that way. Just keep going to the end of the world.
The journey's long and dangerous, And it's forbidden to travel inland beyond Japan's harbors. No Westerner has done it.
... they opened the Suez Canal. After that, a journey to Japan would take twenty days, Even less to come back. A new era had begun.
I went to see that fellow, Pasteur.
He's pretty darn clever. He's discovered how to isolate the infected eggs from the healthy ones. He can't cure them, but he can tell which ones are good. And the results are guaranteed.
There's trouble again in Japan. This time, it's serious. The French Consulate in Yokohama have been sending dispatches. They say it's chaos. And this, uh, Italian fellow, Ferreri, he's come back from China with eggs, tons of them, Healthy from first to last, same with Bole. They're offering us a good deal. Seven francs for the gram. And they'll insure them.
I crossed the border at Sgny. Then I journeyed through Europe. I traveled by train from Vienna... Through Moravia... And on to Kiev. I hired a caravan to cross the Russian steppes - Three thousand miles of ice and storm. I had my Christmas dinner at Lake Baikal, And I thought of Helene... always. Then I followed the Amur River along the Chinese border... Until I reached the ocean. I stopped eleven days in Vladivostok, Where a Japanese guide handed me my disguise. I sailed across the sea on a smuggler's ship. And, finally, I reached the port of Sakata. Strange... and haunting. The Mogami River. The snows of Yamagata. I climbed the mountains of Shinobu, Where new guides were waiting for me. And for the next three days, we continued through the peaks. Then, after countless freezing days and sleepless nights... I reached my destination.
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