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Two koi fish, the one waterfall

[ by Charles Cameron — a yakuza movie shimmering between American and Japanese ]

Is strategy found here?

In the film, The Outsider, from which I have borrowed the koi quote above — which gives a riverine equivalent of the steady progress open to a pawn in the strict logic of chess — the outsider of the title played by Jared Leto is tatooed with a single koi fish moving up a waterfall, which the woman, enough said, tells him indicates that he is arrogant.


She, Miyu, played by Shioli Kutsuna, has two koi fish —

The film invites your understanding, needlessly, by explaining.


Ah well: how a brush pen readied on an ink-stone resembles a knife blade sharpened on a whet-stone.

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