Yet another deed from Xena's past comes back to haunt her. Xena & Gabrielle sail to the island of Japan to right wrongs, perform a new acrobatic routine and save 40,000 souls.
NOTE: "Director's Cut Exclusive" scenes in blue text.
Gabrielle: "Looking out at the cosmos makes you think about where we are, where we've been, where we're going now."
Xena: "Yeah, and like the bigger now. I mean, Gabrielle, what are we gonna do? Wander around Greece our whole lives looking for trouble? Why don't we go away? Far away? What do ya say?"
Gabrielle: "I can't believe you're awake, much less listening to me."
Xena: "Let's go south to the land of the Pharaohs. I hear they're in need of a girl with a chakram."
Gabrielle: "You know that there's somebody out there."
Xena: "Yeah, he's been trying to find us the past half-hour."
[A young man stumbles out of the woods into the gals' campsite.]
Gabrielle: "Are you alright?"
Kenji: "Ah, yes. Thank you."
Gabrielle: [almost getting knocked over by the new arrival] … "Whoa!"
Kenji: "Are you Xena?"
Xena: "Who's asking?"
Kenji: "A messenger, sent by Akemi."
Xena: "Akemi? You saw Akemi?"
Kenji: "Several weeks ago. I was journeying with another monk through a forest near the town of Higuchi. It started to rain. And we sought shelter at a teahouse …"[The two monks enter the teahouse. Three beautiful, young women kneel in the center of the room.]Kenji: "I am blessed with a certainty about what it means to be a monk, but my companion was not as steadfast in his resolve …"
Monk: "Kenji, not even you could be frightened of this."
[Kenji's companion shares an intimate bath with two geishas.] Kenji: [reading Akemi's poem while she plays a stringed instrument] … "Your shuji has great dignity and beauty."[As Kenji's companion bathes with the two women, thunder begins to sound. A being begins to rapidly move through the woods towards the teahouse.]
Akemi: [sensing the danger] … "You must leave … now."
[As Kenji flees, a large head bursts through the wall of the teahouse, followed by the body of a man. He freezes Kenji's companion and then inhales his soul.]
Akemi: "I know you're a good man. In the teahouse, I felt the compassion in your heart. Don't fear me."
Kenji: "Who … who was that demon?"
Akemi: "The Lord of the Dark Land. He's preparing an army to wage war in Higuchi and slowly, the populace. Honorable monk ... [hands him a samurai sword] ... I beg you to do what must be done to stop him enslaving the souls of that city."
Kenji: "But I'm no swordsman."
Akemi: "There's one in the west, far beyond the setting sun."
Kenji: "A samurai? A priest? A god?"
Akemi: "No, a warrior princess."
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