school. kato tries to date ashikaga, but she is saved by the bell and goes off to class. ozu gets up to go, only to find the other
teachers still sitting down. they tell him to wait until the
students settle down first, as some will be late.
shikamatsu tries to escape teaching her class, but the others
classes are hell for the teachers. ozu's is no exception. when
some of the students leave class, he decides to quit. the
principal tries to persuade him to stay. as for the other
teachers, they gossip about him. ashikaga is upset he would give
up so easily. he then went for lunch. yokomori takes the
opportunity to escape and joins ozu.
just then, the teachers get a call from a restaurant. some
students have just eaten there but have no money to pay for the
meal. they are from class 2-1, ozu's and kato's class. since ozu
is out, kato has to settle the problem. he goes with shikamatsu
once there, the students turn out to be the boys basketball team.
they ask kato to pay, cos they know he is using them to get close
to the girls basketball team teacher (ashikaga), and they always
get trashed in proper games.
ozu and yokomori return from lunch, and ashikaga tells him his
class is in trouble. he immediately identifies the boys team as
the culprits (since they were the one who skipped class that
morning). ashikaga tell him to leave (quit, not fit to be a
teacher) and he says he will, soon. just then, the 2 teachers
return, having bailed out the students by having kato foot the
they then discuss about punishing the boys. kato wants the school
to reimburse him. they plan to suspend the students and dock
academic points. as they want to come to a consensus, they ask
shikamatsu. she says she doesn't even want to be a teacher. as
they are deadlocked, they asked ozu for his opinion.
ozu tells them they are odd. discussing the punishment but not the
root cause - failure to teach the students about right behaviour.
for example, not eating in a restaurant when they do not have
money. he leaves them, and they conclude by disbanding the boys
team, to be in effect after their next game (which is tomorrow).
kato has to tell them, since he is their coach. he is terrified of
having to be the bearer of bad news to them, so he begs ozu to do
ozu does it. okubo apologizes to him for throttling him the other
day (that's to threaten him with the same if he messes up today).
ozu is not afraid. he tells them they will be disbanded after
tomorrow's game, as punishment.
some of the boys are happy they don't have to play anymore.
ozu asks if they are happy it turned out this way.
imoto looks unhappy, but he cheers up the boys by telling them to
throw kato after the game tomorrow (but not catch him on the way
kato is trying to date ashikaga. he offers her michael jordan's
uniform if she would come to his place. she declines.
haruka, the girls team leader, asks imoto if it's good the boys
team is disbanded. he said, why not? he's stopped playing for a
night. ozu does his resume and calls banks to look for work.
shikamatsu is very impressed he speaks fluent english. she says
kato can't speak english, and asks him to teach english. ozu says
he will consider it when he retires from banking. she tries to
speak english with him, with the japanese pronounciation.
before he leaves office, he asks if the boys team were
troublemakers. she tells him, until today's incident, they were
just not interested in studying. they were transferred here,
because of issues in previous schools.
imoto's parents are divorced. his mom works, so he's been
transferred a bit.
matsuzawa had fought in school.
akimoto refused to study in his previous school
the other 2 were bullied.
this school accepted them, because her father, the principal, has a
policy to give them a second chance.
ozu: no wonder i felt the students here are different
shikamatsu: not just the students, but the teachers as well.
they bump into ashikaga, who asks where the other teachers are.
everyone else has left. she looks at ozu and says, that means you
are the only male teacher left.
kato has prepared his place for ashikaga. jordan's #23 jersey is
displayed. his lights are all primed for romance. the door bell
he opens the door for ashikaga, who says she's here just for the
jersey. then ozu enters first, to the surprise of kato.
kato's romantic plans have gone awry.
ashikaga sees the jersey, and fawns over it. then ozu tells her
he's spoken with jordan in new york. she switches to ozu
immediately, and wants to know all about it.
yokomori meets matsuzawa. he asks her to watch his last basketball
game. he says it's good they are disbanding, as that will give
hiim more time with her. he tries to hold her hand, but she eludes
back to the threesome, ozu lets kato sit on the couch with
ashikaga. kato compliments her on her attire, but ozu suggests
that she would look better in a different pattern. ashikaga is
impressed by his taste.
the door bell rings again. kato is getting flustered. it's imoto.
he's surprised other teachers were present. but nevertheless, he
tells kato to wait for their lifting of him. he leaves, and
ashikaga takes the opportunity to leave as well.
she catches up with imoto, and asks "is it cos you always lose, so
you give up? that's cos you don't practise" imoto tells her it's
kato that messed up the boys team, so they are going to get him.
kato complains to ozu about the disaster of his first time having
a girl over to his place. blames ozu, and asks him to leave.
the next morning, they are having breakfast together.
kato wants ozu out, but he has the trump card. he knows what the
boys are going to do to kato, so kato agrees to let ozu live there
in exchange for his protection.
ozu meets his wife to finalise the divorce. he asks her what his
daughter meant by calling him a ghost. he thinks it's due to his
pale face, from tiredness. she asks him if he had written a letter
to his daughter from awhile back. ozu didn't. wife sighed. he's
always been like that - tells daughter to come to him for help,
but is always busy with work. when she was bullied in school, she
had wanted to ask her dad for help. ozu didn't know. she didn't
tell me. wife said she never did ask, but she had wished you knew.
couldn't you see it on her face? ozu didn't.
it's the competition, and the girls won. both ozu and yokomori
turned up to watch the boys play. imoto reiterates his threat to
as expected, the boys get thrashed, and ozu leaves before the end.
at the last few seconds, imoto suddenly puts on a one-man-show and
scores a spectacular basket, catching ozu's eye.
nevertheless, the team lost, and that's the end of the boys team.
looking at the dejected lot, he is reminded of himself. what he
had lost. imoto looks up at the sky.
when imoto walks past, ozu asks: what did he see in the sky
ozu: can you tell me one thing. will looking into the sky make you
forget all your unhappiness?
imoto: it's none of your business
ozu: do you really want to give up?
orange: what does it matter!
ozu returns to the basketball court, where kato is nervously
wondering where his protection went. ozu says he's done it, just
that kato wasn't there to see it. ozu asks kato to let them
continue to play basketball. ashikaga tells ozu to coach them.
don't just give lip service. kato runs off at the sight of the
ozu picks up the players' jerseys and gives them to imoto.
ozu: keep your dream