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Circle of Iron (1978) Poster

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Blind Man: Tie two birds together, and even though they have four wings, they cannot fly.

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Cord: How long have you been blind?

Blind Man: How long have you been blind?

Cord: I'm not blind.

Blind Man: Am I?

Cord: Do you answer every question with a question?

Blind Man: Do you question every answer?

Cord: Aww, talking to you is like talking to a wall.

Blind Man: Buddha once sat before a wall, and when he arose he was enlightened.

Cord: Do you compare yourself with Buddha?

Blind Man: (chuckles) No. Only to the wall.

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Blind Man: A fish saved my life once.

Cord: How?

Blind Man: I ate him.

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Blind Man: Cord... each moment that passes changes you. You do not... cannot possess even yourself. How can you hope to possess anyone or anything else?

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[Cord repeatedly steps in a stream]

The Blind Man: It can't be done!

[after pausing, Cord continues to step in the stream]

The Blind Man: You can't do it!

Cord: Can't do what?

The Blind Man: You can't step on the same piece of water twice.

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Chang-sha: Have you eaten? Where's your drink? Your hand is empty.

Cord: Peace.

Chang-sha: [laughs] Don't wish it on me. The whole world is in commotion and you wish me peace! I don't know what peace is, I don't want it. Don't you listen to the desert? Even when there's no wind the sand sings.

Cord: My name is Cord.

Chang-sha: Ha! You see? Cord!

[laughs]

Chang-sha: Play a Cord, strike a Cord? Even your name is a noise! What do you want, Cord? You want us to play on you? My wives can make your skin sing.

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[Cord finds a man in a barrel of oil, resting. He tries touching the man's hand, but the man swats it away. He shakes the man's hand and his eyes open]

Cord: Can I help you?

Man-in-Oil: To do what?

Cord: To get out of this...

Man-in-Oil: Why?

Cord: Who's torturing you this way?

Man-in-Oil: No-one.

[Cord peers over into the barrel]

Cord: Isn't that barrel filled with oil?

Man-in-Oil: Of course. I filled it myself.

Cord: You?

Man-in-Oil: I filled it myself and I got in it myself. I've been in here ten years.

Cord: But why?

Man-in-Oil: [candidly] To rid myself of the bottom half of me. There's very little left of it now.

Cord: Your legs look like seaweed.

Man-in-Oil: I hope so. Tha-that thing, that terrible thing between my legs? It's almost gone now, isn't it?

Cord: A mere pimple.

Man-in-Oil: Good

[His tone becomes anxious]

Man-in-Oil: It'll go altogether soon, I hope.

Cord: Ten years! How do you live without eating?

Man-in-Oil: My-my family! They bring me a little rice, a little water...

Cord: Your family? They know you're dissolving yourself in oil?

Man-in-Oil: They weren't too happy about it at first. Especially my wife. Now, she understands.

Cord: But why would you want to...? Ha! You could have taken a vow of chastity, like I have!

Man-in-Oil: I took a vow of chastity! I took ten vows, a hundred! How-how-how can a man be a holy man when that terrible thing attaches him to the Earth? I got rid of my money, I shed my clothes, I ate a spoonful of rice each day... and, my mind became to soar! I felt the Universe... I was the Universe! And then... that terrible thing summoned me! "Hello!", it cried. "Think of the pleasure!" Several times I grabbed a knife, I attempted to rid myself of it, once and for all!

[He buries his face in his hands and sobs]

Man-in-Oil: I-I-I was- I was a coward!

[He soon stops crying as he continues his story]

Man-in-Oil: Then... I felt a way. I would dissolve it away... and the legs that carried it along!

Cord: Well, you're obviously mentally disturbed.

[the man nods happily]

Cord: You should have seen a doctor.

Man-in-Oil: I am a doctor!

[pause]

Man-in-Oil: You took a vow of chastity.

Cord: Yes.

Man-in-Oil: [smugly] You won't keep it.

[He gestures desperately to the barrel]

Man-in-Oil: Come in here with me. The-there-there's plenty of room. We'll-we'll keep each other company.

Cord: I'm sorry, but I must go. I'm looking for someone.

Man-in-Oil: Who?

Cord: Zetan.

Man-in-Oil: Again, Zetan! They all come around asking about Zetan! There is no answer in Zetan!

[Cord laughs and walks away]

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The Blind Man: It's hard to kill a horse with a flute.

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Morthond: One year ago, I took a vow of silence!

Cord: And when did you break it?

Morthond: Now!

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Cord: Oh, you are obviously mentally disturbed. You should have seen a doctor.

Man-in-Oil: I AM a doctor.

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Cord: You were through here before!

Blind Man: [Blind man slaps Cord's face] How many times?

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