Restless

Transcript from Restless

Background to this scene

Enoch is out of school and has been befriended by the ghost of a World War II Japanese kamikaze pilot, Hiroshi. Enoch meets Annabel who has a sort time to live due to her cancer. Enoch appears to accommodate her condition, even when Annabel reveals she has only three months left to live. As their relationship becomes romantic, Enoch’s placidity is explained by his own history of near-death experience. In this scene the ghost of Hiroshi has returned to help Annabel cross from life to death.

Annabel

Enoch!

Enoch

Hiroshi – what are you doing here?  I thought you were …. you’re back.

Hiroshi

It’s a long trip. I thought she could use the company.

Enoch

It’s really good to see you.

Hiroshi

You too, Enoch.

As I write this letter, the ocean breeze feels cool on my skin. That very ocean is soon to be my grave. They tell me I will die a hero, that the safety and honor of my country will be the reward for my sacrifice. I pray they are right.

My only regret in life is never telling you how I feel.

I wish I were back home, I wish I were holding your hand, I wish I were telling you I have loved you and only you since I was a boy, but I am not.

I see now that death is easy, it is love that is hard.

As my plane dives I will not see the face of my enemies, I will instead only see your eyes, like black rocks frozen in rain water.

They tell us that we must scream “banzai” as we plunge into our target, but instead I will whisper your name and in death as in life I will remain

Forever yours,

Ensign Hiroshi Takahashi

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