|Morning breaks; Kimba is still adrift, clinging to a piece of wood. Kuttah, one of the hunting party who killed Kimba's father and trapped his mother, happens by on a life raft.|
Kuttah: Seems I haven't used up all my luck yet! Yes it's alive! Can't let the precious treasure die, can I?
|Kuttah: It's a wonder that we're both alive. You must have been having one hell of a time being tossed around. That storm was terrible. Poor you, your mother sank with the ship. Not that you'd understand anything I tell you, right? What are we going to do now...Eh?|
|Kuttah: Hey-- wait! Watch out! You better not be trying to run away! God what are you doing! Do you want to be thrown into the sea again??|
|A ship comes into sight.|
Kuttah: Hey we're saved! Hey! Hey!
|Kuttah and Kimba are spotted and taken aboard the ship.|
Man: Please wait. What is that?
Kuttah: Ah well...it's my cat you see...
Man: I'm a quarantine officer. I can tell the difference between a cat and a lion in an instant.
Kuttah: What? This is a lion cub?
Man 2: Oh this is the person who was drifting in the ocean.
Man 3: You are Kuttah!
Man 2: You know him?
Man 3: Of course! It's international smuggler and broker, Kuttah.
Kuttah: Ah see, I haven't done anything... well, my ship was wrecked and...
Man 3: Yes, Mr. Kuttah, let's hear your story.
|While Kuttah's story is spun, Kimba is curious about Kuttah's watch.|
|Some time later...|
Man 2: Oh Ban Sensei, thank you for coming.
Ban: I was fishing when I heard there was a radio message from your ship so I came home quickly. So, where's the victim of the shipwreck?
Man 2: This way.
Ban: What's this cat?
Man 3: It's not a cat. It's a lion.
Ban: A lion??
|Kenichi: It's cute! Oh uncle, I wish we could take it home and keep it!|
Ban: Kenichi! Don't say stupid things!
Man 3: Actually it seems to be very weak. Would you examine it?
Ban: Absolutely not! I'm not a vet!
Kenichi: But uncle!
Ban: Be quiet!
|Man 2: Sensei, this lion was rescued while drifting in the ocean. That means it's a shipwreck victim too.|
Kenichi: Uncle, please!
Ban: You want me to examine a lion cub?
Kenichi: But, if you just leave it and it dies that's horrible!
Ban: God, this is unheard of!
|A little time later, back on land in a government office...|
It is now 6 months later...|
At the home of Dr. Ban and Kenichi, Kimba, by watching with great interest, has just learned to control Kenichi's electric trains.
Kenichi: Good for you, Shiro! ['Shiro' is Japanese for 'white']
Ban [on the phone]: It's been six months! What do you mean you still don't know what to do? It's getting too big, I feel like I'm going to be eaten before you guys decide!
|Kenichi: Uncle, look at Shiro!|
Ban: It's not possible!
|The scene changes to Kenichi and Kimba on a street in town.|
Girl: Wow, a white lion!
Girl 2: You mean a white cat!
Kenichi: Today we're not in the usual town, so you can't wander around!
|Kimba thinks: This smell, it's different from the smell of a human!|
Kenichi: Oh I get it, you want to go inside the zoo!
|Kimba thinks: Wow, it's big!|
|Dad: Hey, this didn't escape from a cage did it?|
Mom: There's no way something like that would happen!
Kimba thinks: What's over that way?
Kenichi [noticing Kimba's gaze]: Oh, when they finish that subway, it will be a nonstop route from the harbor!
|Kimba thinks: Huh? This smell... it's...|
Kenichi: Hey, Shiro!
Kimba [running off] thinks: It's kind of like Mother's smell!
Old Lion: You're a lion cub!
Kimba: That's right! My name's Kimba!
Old Lion: Where did you come from?
Kimba: I came from the ocean!
|Panther: There aren't lions in the ocean!|
Old Lion: Don't get near those thugs! It's the black panther brothers.
Kimba: Black panthers?
Old Lion: The one in the middle is the oldest, Duo. Then to the right of him is Zobia, and to the left is the youngest Balibo. They're all violent.
Balibo: You blabby old lion! Be quiet!
|Duo: Kid, you say you came from the ocean?|
Kimba: I'm not a kid, I'm Kimba!
Zobia: Heh, looks like a headstrong little kid!
Kimba: I was born on a ship. But mother told me to go back to the jungle, so I swam in the ocean and got here.
Duo: You swam in the ocean?
Balibo: It's gotta be a made up story.
Kimba: It's true!!
Duo: Then... you don't know the jungle.
Balibo: If you let us out we'll take you there!
Kimba: What? If I let you out??
Zobia: Stop teasing the kid.
Kimba: Okay, then I'll try. I'm Panja's son, and Father could do anything!
|Old Lion: Panja's son??|
Kimba: You know my father?
Old Lion: I've never met him, but I've heard the rumor that a brave white lion named Panja lives in the jungle.
Kimba: That's got to be my father!
|Kimba: Everyone's gathered that way looking at something big, so if you want to escape do it now!|
Balibo: Don't say stupid things you brat.
Kimba: It's okay. Just wait!
Balibo: A door we can't open could never be opened by such a small kid, you know?
|Kimba runs around to the back. He observes a keeper leaving a cage, who opens and closes the electric door with a switch.|
|Kimba goes to the panthers' cage and presses the button to open the door.|
|Kimba: Now, come on.|
Duo: You did it kid!
Old Lion: You won't be able to escape.
Duo: Shut up, old man!
Kimba: Mister! Mister, I'll open your cage right now too!
|Old Lion: No, I'm already too old. I could never run all the way to the savanna.|
Kimba: But sir...
Old Lion: I won't go. It's better to keep dreams as dreams.
Kimba: Mister! I am going!
Old Lion: If I was younger too...
|Balibo: Hey kid, go home!|
Kimba: You promised to take me to the jungle!
Kimba: Wait! Dammit, they promised!
|Man: Oh no, the panthers have gotten out of the cage!|
Announcement: Everyone, please evacuate the area! Three panthers have escaped from their cages!!
Man: This way's dangerous!
Kenichi: But Shiro is...
|Man 2: The black panthers have gone for the back route. Close the back gates immediately!|
Man 3: Now not even an ant could crawl outta here!
|Balibo: That way's not possible. We can't get out.|
Zobia: Let's force our way out!
Duo: Okay, let's try it!
Balibo: Get out of the way kid!
Zobia: Go hide in those bushes or something!
Kimba: Listen, we may be able to get out!
|Troop Leader: What is it?|
Chief of Zoo: Well, it may be nothing big but...
Troop Leader: So what is it?
Chief of Zoo: Um, I just remembered, the subway station is being built...
Troop Leader: Zookeeper! Why didn't you tell us until now... Have another troop go to the subway immediately!
Men: Yes sir!
|Duo: What is this?|
Kimba: I don't know but...
Balibo: What do you think, Brother?
Kimba: Follow me!
Balibo: That kid is planning on bossing us around!
Duo: Never mind. Hurry!
|Zobia: Look at this Brother. It's a huge cave!|
Balibo: They'll never find us here!
Kimba: But if we stay here the humans will come!
Balibo: What? There's no one here!
Duo: No, the kid's probably right. The smell of humans is everywhere.
Duo: All right, let's go deeper!
|Balibo: How ever much we go, it's still dark!|
Zobia: Brother, where are you planning on going?
Kimba: Why don't you go to the ocean?
Kimba: Go the ocean, and sneak inside a ship. My mother said she was taken from the jungle in a ship.
Balibo: By ship you mean that huge thing that brought us here? I see! But how do we get there?
Kimba: I know the smell of the ocean. Even now, there's the slight smell of the ocean!
Duo: That kid may be right.
Kimba: I'm not a kid, I'm Kimba!
Duo: I understand; it's Kimba. Guide us there.
Zobia: What is that sound?
Balibo: Something's coming!
A subway train approaches at full speed. (The Zoo station is a just new addition to the already active subway line.)
Zobia: What is that?
Balibo: Let's get 'em!
|Duo: Stop!! Zobia! Balibo!|
Duo pushes Kimba off the tracks, then jumps to safety himself.
|But his brothers have determined to attack the train. They are both hit by the train.|
|After the train has passed, Duo checks on his brothers.|
Duo: Come on, pull yourself together!
Zobia: I can't, they got my shoulder.
Balibo: They got my hip. There's no way I could stand.
Duo: Dammit, we came this far...
Man: The train went through, hurry!
Kimba: Humans are coming. We have to hurry!
Duo: Balibo! Zobia!
Zobia: Brother, please go.
Balibo: Please make our wish come true. I beg of you.
Man: I can see something!
Zobia: Brother! Hurry!
Duo: I understand. I promise I'll get to the jungle. Kimba, let's go!
|The two wounded panthers are found by the armed searchers.|
Meanwhile, back above ground...
Man: Near East 10th Station 2 black panthers were captured.
Chief: Where's the last one?
Man: They're still searching for him.
Man 2: There seems to be a white dog with him.
Men: Hey wait! Where are you going? Stop!
|Duo: Maybe you should go home, Kimba.|
Kimba: I promised that I'll go with you! It's a man's promise!
Kimba: Hey, I can smell the ocean!
|Duo: Look, it's light! The opening's close!|
Kimba: The men are here, let's hurry!
Duo: Kimba, I have to apologize! When you said you were coming to the ocean with us, I thought you would get scared and run away.
Kimba: I wouldn't run away!
Duo: Yeah, you're a great man! Now, we're almost there!
|A party of searchers are on the opposite side of the tunnel and shine a brilliant searchlight on Duo and Kimba.|
Duo: Kimba, hide!!
Duo leaps at the men. He is shot in mid-air.
|The men keep their guns fixed on Duo, and seem unconcerned about Kimba approaching.|
Kimba: Duo, come on! The ocean's right there!
Duo: Kimba, promise to go the jungle, for us brothers too.
Kimba: Yes I promise.
Duo exhales for the last time.
|Kenichi: Don't shoot!|
|Kenichi: You're okay, Shiro!|
|From this side of the tunnel, Kimba can see out the tunnel opening to the ocean and the sky. He sees something that no one else sees.|
|In the clouds over the ocean is Panja, Kimba's father.|