A fishing spot along the Tamagawa River.
Kurosawa and Chiaki are fishing.
It is during the shooting of Seven Samurai: only half the film is finished, the budget is all used up, shooting is interrupted.
Chiaki: So, what’s going to happen?
Kurosawa: Well, the company isn’t going to throw away all the money it’s already put into the film. So long as my pictures are hits I can afford to be unreasonable. Of course, if they start losing money then I’ve made some enemies.
Money is found shooting is begun again; money is used up, shooting is interrupted. Kurosawa and Chiaki go fishing again.
Kurosawa: (Dangling his line with some satisfaction.) Now they’ve gotten in this deep, they have no choice but to finish it!
And, indeed, Seven Samurai finally got finished; it took over a year and was a big hit.
He and Kurosawa are drinking; both are rather drunk.
Kurosawa: Hey, Chiaki. You probably got more for appearing in the picture than I got for directing it. You’re too expensive!
Chiaki: (Frowning silence. Then his inner-voice speaks, though no one hears:) It isn’t that I’m too expensive; it’s that you’re too cheap.
At the golf course.
Kurosawa and Chiaki are playing golf. Kurosawa hits the ball. It goes off to one side. Chiaki hits the ball. It goes high and straight - a beautiful shot.
Kurosawa: (Dejected.) Why is it I’m so lousy?
Chiaki: When you are making films you are a demon of strength; when you can’t hit the golf-ball you are like some little girl. Where is this strength; where does it go?
Kurosawa: It is quite enough if a human being has but one thing where he is strong. (As though to console himself.) If a human being were strong in everything it wouldn’t be nice for other people, would it?
Written by Minoru Chiaki upon being asked for a word-portrait of Akira Kurosawa.
Quoted from The Films of Akira Kurosawa by Donald Richie.
Image: Seven Samurai film poster via wikiM