The Promise That Was Kept: Kakashi,Obito and Minato

Minato stopping Kakashi before he’s able to kill Obito

Awww. Minato and his students Kakashi and Obito. ūüė• My impression upon seeing this photo from Naruto Shippuden Ep. 387 – The Promise That Was Kept.

Just watched the episode and wow, what a moment among the three of them. So many feels. Indeed my favorite scene of this episode and definitely one of my favorite episodes now.

It starts with Naruto offering his hand to Obito. At some point, Obito was about to shake hands with Naruto but suddenly changed his mind and strangled Naruto. Naruto punched him hard to free himself. And when Obito stood up, he saw his younger self in Naruto and recalls a day with Minato, Kakashi and Rin as if experiencing it again.

While still seeing his past, his younger self tells him that Rin won’t even turn to look at the present Obito and drags him. Snapping into the present, his younger self turns into Naruto. This is the perfect exploration of Obito being haunted by his past, despite his efforts to forget all those memories.

Obito talking to Kakashi, telling him that he has nothing left in his hole heart.

Sasuke was about to charge against Obito after all the tailed beasts were extracted from him, but stopped when Kakashi appeared. Kakashi says,”I was once his classmate and friend. So please let me take responsibility for him.” He was about to stab Obito when Minato stopped him.

That moment when he stopped Kakashi from stabbing Obito, proved how much he loves this two. He says, “Obito, when we had that chakra tug-of-war just now, I got to see inside your heart. It seems like my son nagged and lectured you quite a bit. I think he might have gotten that from his mother.” Naruto was slightly embarrassed when his dad Minato said he got his talk-no-jutsu from his mother Kushina. Well it’s true anyway. Then while talking to Obito he turns to Kakashi, “But that duty falls on you. I think the one who truly understands Obito and should talk to him is you, his friend, Kakashi.” He looks at Naruto and says, “Isn’t that right, Naruto?”

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Naruto and Sasuke

And Naruto realizes what he has been doing all this time for Sasuke. He looks at Sasuke with that serious realization, how he had never given up his hopes for Sasuke, how he never managed to hate and severe his ties, or simply abandon and forget about Sasuke – his only best friend, close to him like a brother. Just as Naruto and Sasuke are the same, Kakashi and Obito are the same as well. So it only makes sense that Kakashi, the one in a more logical state of mind should be the one talking Obito out.

On a side note, it warms my heart and makes me smile to see how Naruto and Sasuke are fighting together for the same goal, at how finally they’re on the same page and Sasuke finally accepts and understands what Naruto has been trying to tell him all this time.¬†„Éĺ(@^‚ĖĹ^@)„Éé

I feel like I’m drowning watching this moment, being drowned by feels. This episode is full of brotherly and mentor-student love.

Minato is just so forgiving, he couldn’t even bring himself to hate Obito for what he did that made Naruto an orphan and everything else. He could have let Kakashi kill Obito right there, but he knew it would also hurt Kakashi to do it, just as when he had to do it with Rin. ¬†Instead of hating Obito for everything, but first and foremost for destroying what could have been his wonderful family; he is saddened by what his student had become. He feels disappointed at himself, for his shortcomings for not being able to guide him better. Had he been there for him, he would not have turned out this way.¬†

Naruto meets Kushina, his mom.

In the same sense that Naruto managed to put aside his personal emotions, as he was able to put out his hand to reach out to Obito. He’s a stronger young man now, he understands Obito, despite that one fact that Obito was the reason he lost his parents on the day he was born.¬†

Kushina telling Minato of the baby news. This is the sweetest ever. I just love how they’re both overjoyed.

It’s just natural for him to be angry or even hate Obito for it. It’s how humans fundamentally are. Obito not only destroyed Naruto’s chance of a family, to grow up with his parents; he also damaged Minato and Kushina’s chance to be there for Naruto. A perfect revenge it may seem.¬†

Naruto meets Minato for the first time and finds out The Fourth Hokage is his dad

I recall that episode when Naruto was so angry with Pain (Nagato) during his battle with him for killing Jiraiya. That anger was one of the strong catalyst that caused him to lose it and have Kurama gain control over his entire body. He was entirely losing himself to Kurama, he was at the brink of hopelessness until Minato appeared before him in his psyche. Eventually, he learned of Pain’s true nature and his reasons for being what he is.

He¬†had learned a lot from that event to not let his hate/anger overcome him this time with Obito. I think it’s also one of the things he had gotten from his dad Minato, as Minato is naturally like that and after Minato shedding some light to Naruto about the cycle of love and hate that drives the whole shinobi system.

Team Minato – Minato, the Fourth Hokage and his students Kakashi, Obito and Rin

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“I think you were younger than Naruto is now. Do you remember? All the missions that the four of us went on. As a medic nin, Rin did her utmost to protect you two. She would never have wished for a situation like this.” Kakashi drops his hand holding the kunai and Minato let go of his arm. “But what caused this is my responsibility.” Then we see the flashback of that fateful Kannabi Bridge battle.

“It’s no coincidence that I, who should be dead is standing before you two like this. Perhaps it was Rin who made it happen. Her way of scolding me for failing as your teacher. I’m sorry I couldn’t protect Rin.”

Team Minato on their mission at Kannabi Bridge

I seriously do not agree about the idea of Minato taking all the responsibility. Yes, he was responsible for them, they were his students but at the same time, there’s just simply no way he could have controlled or be responsible of everything. It wasn’t his fault Rin died. Kakashi understood that. If only Obito had a more open mind back then, if he tried to find the real answers from Minato and Kakashi; Minato and Kushina would still be alive.

“Rin was my only light and hope. After I lost Rin, the world as I saw it, changed. It became a pitch black hell. There was no hope in this world. Even with my Sharingan, I couldn’t see anything. There was nothing to see,” says Obito.

Kakashi killing Rin

Minato and Kushina’s sacrifice for Naruto and the village

Somehow, I kinda feel bad for Obito cause all this time he allowed himself to be engulfed by so much darkness and hate after losing Rin and be used for that. But Kakashi was no different either; he thought he lost Obito, he lost Rin and even had to do it himself and eventually he lost his sensei Minato. It was equally as hard or even more difficult for Kakashi to deal with all that.

Obito giving his Sharingan to Kakashi as his gift to him for being a jounin.

And as Kakashi tells Obito that he himself went through the same experience as him, it brings both of them back to that moment when Obito gave Kakashi one of his Sharingan. Kakashi tells him that he tried his best to see the world through Obito’s eye and that as long as he had Obito’s Sharingan and words, he could see it. To which Obito answers,”And what you saw is Naruto?”

Obito is still unconvinced at how Naruto’s path would be successful than his. But Kakashi instead believes more on Naruto’s strong perseverance on his dreams and reality. And his natural talent for drawing people closer to him, making them give their full support to reach his goal more than his chances of failing.

But I am glad Minato is there, if not, Kakashi would have really finished Obito for good and it would leave Kakashi deeply scarred again. Had Obito died here, he would die still deep in his darkness, full of hate and still not realizing his mistakes. Rin would not be happy to welcome him when they meet again.

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‘The Lunch Box’: Charming, Endearing Realism

 

“Sometimes the wrong train can get you to the right station.”

What if your home-made lunch intended for your busy husband is received by a stranger due to a mistake of a lunch box delivery man? In Ritesh Batra’s Cannes Film Festival 2013 Audience Choice awardee “The Lunch Box,” that very thing has happened to a young and unhappy wife whose well-prepared and delicious lunch box gets eaten by the wrong person, who turns out to give her the response she has been yearning for.

The Lunch Box is included in this year’s New Asian Cinema category of Cinema One Originals Film Festival running from November 9-18 at Trinoma, Glorietta, Greenhills Dolby Atmos and Fairview Terraces. This is the third festival for me this year and I’ve never had this much time to see so many festivals before until now.

I was watching Cinema One on the telly one night and my brother Jonson and I saw the trailer/teaser for the Cinema One Festival, so I saw this film there first. Not surprisingly, my brother already saw the movie, which he always does when it comes to films like this one. I always take into consideration his views on films, so when he said it’s a good one; I had to really see it myself.

Before seeing the film, my brother told me that the lunch box delivery in India really exists. They actually have a lunch box delivery system. As I was watching the first few scenes of the film, I was simply amazed to see how far the lunch boxes travel to get to its destination. The Dabbawala (one who carries the box) as they are called in Hindi transport the boxes first by a bicycle then via the train before they reach their destinations, to many employees working in the bustling city of Mumbai.

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According to an article from the The Guardian, the Dabbawala know who they’re delivering to, and that there is only one in a million chance that they could make a mistake on the deliveries. And by a simple stroke of fate and coincidence, this one in a million chance of mistake fell on Ila, a mother and housewife trying her best to put some flavor to her increasingly dull marriage through her cooking and Saajan – a senior officer at a company’s claims department, a widower and about to retire from his 35-year job.

What seems to be a slight mistake brought a pinch of happiness between the two, breaking the monotony of their seemingly colorless lives. Just like the saying¬†“Sometimes the wrong train can get you to the right station.”

Sajaan, at first reaction was surprised by the food that arrived on his desk but didn’t think of it as a big deal. Thinking it was the restaurant that’s been preparing his food made the lunch that day, he personally went to thank ¬†them and told them to keep up the good work. The restaurant staff thought the cauliflower made the trick.

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Back at Ila’s home, she was excited to receive the lunch box completely empty. Thinking that it was a sign of positive response from her busy husband, she delightfully tells the good news to her auntie who lives at the unit above them. However, her husband came home without any ecstatic reaction about the lunch he had. His simple reply was that it was good, just good and nothing else. He praised the cauliflower though, which instantly confirmed the idea that the lunch box went to someone else who actually liked the food she prepared.

Wanting to solve the mystery, she made another lunch box that seemed like meatballs and made a simple note to Sajaan in the hopes that he would reply. Sajaan replied ¬†to her note but instead of thanking her for the lunch, he commented about the saltiness of the lunch despite still emptying the lunch box. Ila was a bit flustered to receive a comment slightly criticizing her¬†cooking instead of a thank you. Her auntie, furious about the response gave her chilies to balance out the saltiness. She did as instructed and made another lunch. This time, Sajaan’s replied that the food was too spicy. Despite this, she continued to make lunch and what started as a mistake turned into an exchange of correspondences through letters and the lunch box.

The continuous exchange eventually created an avenue for the two of them to contemplate and turn to each other about their respective issues. She tells Sajaan,” What do we live for?” If her husband lives for work, her auntie whose husband stays alive by staring at the ceiling fan¬†and her mother caring for her father with cancer, but what about her. For the first time, Ila finds herself eagerly awaiting the reply from the lunch box. In return, Sajaan finds it relaxing to talk to Ila; slowly breaking down his cold exterior. He opens up to her about his deceased wife and her favorite TV program that he started watching consecutively. At some point, Ila finds out about her husband’s infidelity but unable to confront him but feels comfortable telling Sajaan about it.

Ila finds herself at a crossroad, she tells Sajaan that she wants to go to Bhutan with her daughter and start anew. Sajaan replies, “What if I come to Bhutan with you?”

I appreciate the film a lot because it’s so charmingly close to reality. It’s realism at its finest. Of course, people go to the movies for escapism, to escape from their daily lives and not watch something that mirrors everything that’s real – whether it’s the good, bad or the worst. But The Lunch Box doesn’t need to rely on superficial things, on controversies, big emotions, scandals, intense scenes, tensions and confrontations.

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It’s all about real and the common human dilemmas – Ila represents the many women who are trapped in a lifeless marriage but not even have the courage to confront her husband; Sajaan represents the widowers who are left alone, no other family to tend to, have developed an ice-cold exterior, dedicated long years in their career, and on the verge of retirement; Ila’s husband being the symbol of how people neglect families and affection in exchange of securing a family but tends to remain in the family despite lack or loss of love; Sheikh – the new claims department staff represents the many orphans working hard for a living while trying to gain respect for themselves and from people. At some parts of the film, he provides a tinge of humor when he suddenly breaks the cherry atmosphere of Sajaan as he reads Ila’s letters during lunch. At first impression, I find him quite annoying, I mean the character but then I can’t help but smile when he manages to make Sajaan respect him and how he slowly becomes a close confidant to Sajaan¬†who he could trust. The moment when Sajaan first shared the lunch showed Sajaan opening his door to Sheikh.

The film makes you to realize, appreciate the wonders of the simplest, even the most mundane of things. The beauty and joy of a simple exchange of conversations among strangers who incidentally finds  some solace from each other. At how the modern world of email can never be able to recreate the unique feel of reading handwritten letters, the intricacies and the underlying value of food and its preparation, and how a good food can magically make a difference even to complete strangers.

It partially tells how an accidental meeting and constant conversation can bring about different kind of emotions in people who barely know each other. It’s not entirely focused on the love story, it never forced the idea that they should fall in love. Although it does imply the seemingly forming chemistry until Sajaan retreats on that day when he was supposed to meet Ila. He chooses to watch her from afar, thinking that it might not be the right thing to approach her and introduce himself.

But despite not meeting and formally getting to know each other, their strange meeting through the misdelivered lunch box has changed them permanently; at how they perceive, appreciate things in life, view people’s lives and their own, and even their emotions, thoughts¬†and their course of actions.