TOKYO. SUGAMO PRISON. 1944 According to the Justice Ministry ruling, the sentence will be executed immediately I hope you will die in peace Are you going to write a report about the execution? Say that Sorge died with the words, ìThe Red Army, Comintern, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.î Iím ready Richard Sorge. Born in 1895 in Baku district Ethnicity: German Gained a degree of Ph.D. in Law in Germany Accredited in Tokyo as a German reporter Moscowís resident spy in Japan A convinced communist Alias name ñ Ramsay The first Soviet agent who was able not just to get settled in the Japanese capital but create a unique reconnaissance group that had access to top-secret information Three years in jail, endless interrogations and provocations ending in an execution at the Sugamo jail The chain of events leading to this end was one of the most striking and controversial pages in the global history of espionage STAR MEDIA PRESENTS ALEKSANDR DOMOGAROV, SHION NAKAMARU OSAMU YAMAMOTO, ANDREY RUDENSKY VIKTORIYA ISAKOVA, ANDREY LEONOV YULIYA AUG, SERGEY GINZBURG IVAN SHIBANOV, TATYANA KOSMACHIOVA, JUNSUKE KINOSHITA IN SERGEY GINZBURGíS RICHARD SORGE. MASTER SPY TOKYO. 1938 WRITTEN BY DMITRY NOVOSIOLOV MUSIC BY VLADIMIR DAVYDENKO Von Dirksen has health problems Heís leaving Whatís wrong with him? Who cares? Martin -Iím so glad to see you! -Me, too When did you come from Berlin? This Bastard Schlesinger wants to take his place If he becomes an ambassador, Iíll be screwed
As well as some of my friends DIRECTED BY SERGEI GINZBURG This is Kurt, our manager And these are our wonderful -He wonít get the job -Why? An ambassador has to be a devoted man with high principles Everybody knows Paul in principle has no principles He used to ne against Hitler Then the wind changed, and now he yells Heil Hitler louder than anybody Everybody has long forgotten about it To our Fuhrer! PRODUCERS ñ ARTIOM DOLLEZHAL, VLAD RIASHIN Also, heís a psychopath Two weeks ago he got hammered and shoot some sailor in the leg over poker They swept it under the carpet Iíll remember it to them How are you planning to do that? Eugen, youíre underestimating the power of printed word Iíll make sure articles appear in newspapers that will be read at Reichís Chancellery You know Fuhrer will have the last say in this How do you like this text: ìEugen Ott is an indispensable personality in German politics He must head the Reichís diplomatic mission in the Land of the Rising Sun.î I want to be with you forever Right now, itís impossible When everythingís over and I come back home Will you come with me? Yes Itís too good to be true Whatís the Japanese for ìI love youî? We usually say, I like you This is how it sounds -Richard, hi -Hey Iíve been waiting for you. Listen We need to talk about something important Letís have a beer There is a place not far from here -Did you hear the news? -What news? The ambassador is retiring -Or rather being retired -Interesting Yes. Itís the talk of the city in Berlin My friend in Reichís Chancellery called Who is so annoyed with old boy Dirksen? Old boy, exactly. Times have changed We need more vigorous people. This way You know that an ambassadorís position in Japan is very important Weíre here Richard, let me be straight You know there are only two candidates, Ott and I Our chances are even I have Rosenbergís support, he ñ Ribbentropís Ulrich Friedrich Wilhelm Joachim von Ribbentrop. A big player Come on! Do you know how he became a von?
He convinced a distant relative to adopt him for money and never paid her She even sued him And now this so-called von is pretending an Iron Chancellor His stupid pride has brought him a lot of enemies Yes. But he has a friend, too Who? The Fuhrer I want this to stay strictly between us Are you my friend? Why are you asking? Berlin will start examining the candidates Naturally, theyíll approach you Youíre an expert on Japan and renowned journalist They trust you, Richard There are too many speculations surrounding my name, you see Because of my… complicated personality I donít want this to reflect on my credentials Everything will be fine I never doubted you Youíre the only man I trust in this viperís nest Schlesinger is an undisguised go-getter Heíd sell his own mother for his earthly comforts A conformist, an opportunist, an ideologist A man you donít want to have as an enemy Yes, Schlesinger is disgusting I want to take a shower after just looking at him Richard, your tea is ready Thanks Canít you stay out of it if itís all so unsure? We have enough on our plate as it is Ott is an intelligence officer, a war hero with great recommendations Chances are high that the Reich choses him If we bet on Schlesinger, we lose Ott has no connections in Gestapo, SS, or SD Heís an army man This one would forget about my favor in a week Ott will remember it and feel that he owes me Connections can be found -Richard. Listen -Branko. Enough Iíve made up my mind Whatís with the transmitter? Come on Letís go Here Right Iíve been holding test sessions with Wiesbaden It went all right The capacity is a bit on the low side Itís dangerous to leave it here Richard, I told him that Edith, please. Stay out of this What if they find it here? Did you think about it? Edith. Weíll get rid of it later I promise You need to give more attention to your wife -She can be impossible sometimes -Branko Sheís our colleague Sheís a member of our group Also, sheís a woman, and itís harder for her Branko Vukelic Yugoslavian communist Worked in Tokyo as correspondent of the French Havas newspaper His wife, Danish citizen Edith, was also part of the Sorge group Alias name ñ Gigolo Was in charge of collecting information and dealing with photo materials Had repeatedly visited as photo reporter the Kwantung Army, the strongest group of the Japanese military forces Six years earlier, the Japanese occupied Manchuria, Chinaís northeastern province Thus, it had approached the border of the Soviet Union SOVIET-MANCHURIAN BORDER. 1938 Donít shoot!
Donít shoot! Iím a deserter Iím a Soviet general. Iím seeking asylum I, Genrikh Liushkov, Commissar of State Security, want to surrender myself to the Japanese government This is my fault, Comrade Stalin I should have arrested Liushkov in Khabarovsk instead of summoning him here Iím sorry. I was too late Comrade Yezhov. What are the implications of Liushkovís escape? What do you think? What agents might be exposed? The Manchurian agents, former general Semionov We have warned out Chinese counterparts, though But Liushkov turned himself over to the Japanese As far as I know, we have only one agent in Japan, Ramsay Heís your man, Comrade Voroshilov Yes, Comrade Stalin. As of today, itís our best intelligence unit Is it in danger? Comrade Stalin, Liushkov knows nothing about Ramsay Still. Could Liushkov know some member of Ramsayís group? Comrade Stalin… it is possible TOKYO. TWO DAYS LATER Mr. Sorge? -Yes -A telegram for you What happened? Why did you break the rules? The Prime Minister held a war council tonight They discussed information received from the Soviet turncoat What turncoat? I donít know yet But the say itís valuable information I saw the list of agents exposed by the deserter Mostly, they are Chinese But our radio operator, Yoshida Nariyaki, is the fifth on the list Did they arrest him? No. But they will in the next two hours JAPANESE INTELLIGENCE Yesterday you gave us a list of agents working in China and Japan Why does it list only Manchurians, Chinese,
Mongolians, and virtually no Japanese? I had access only to the databases related to inland China If I asked for materials on Japan, it would look suspicious Lately, Iíve been under surveillance They didnít trust me Tell us, Mr. Liushkov, did you know them personally? No. Have you arrested him? Our people are on their way Pack you things -What happened? -You were exposed Police! Run! Move it! This is the house Quick! Run! Run! Theyíre waiting for you Go! Surround the house Go quick. Iíll hold them up Stop. There he is. Get him! Yes, sir. Itís for you, sir Yes. Yes. Yes, sir Close the gate. Complete ID check! Detain all suspicious persons and bikers Yes, sir Hey! Who is in charge? Head of investigation Osaki Have you found anything? A transmitter. Itís scorched The communists work fast They have warned him With all due respect, Colonel, I think it was local agents who got the information The Soviets have nothing to do with it Really, smartass? Why are you so sure? -The transmitter was packed up -So? If the operator were warned by his masters, theyíd do it through the radio He wouldnít pack it up before escaping What do you know? Do you think they have only one transmitter? Anyway, who are you, smartypants? Matsui Third Expedition Corpus, military intelligence. Invalided out Show me how they escaped This way, Colonel -Itís time -Yes Iíve dressed the wound and stopped the bleed
I think youíll be fine A doctor will meet you in Shimoda and take care of you before sending you to Shanghai -Makoto Yamauti. Who is he? -You are -Itís time -Yes Tokyo is in triple lockdown They stop all bikers, check their IDs Takagi said you must stay here for the night Donít worry, Iíll pass through I have a press card -Imuro! Does the fisher have any fish? -Itís already gutted Itíll have to do No cigarette butts or oil traces found in the place where the bike was parked The tire patterns are ordinary No witnesses How are you planning to proceed? The block posts are gathering information on all bikers who were detained that day -When will you complete it? -Iíll report to you tomorrow morning Youíre too slow, Major Youíre much better at talk than at work Stop Turn it off Here Where have you been? At the beach The sea? What were you doing there? Fishing Any luck? A bit What is this? My friend caught this bullfish I held it for him We had to gut it It stinks like hell -Wanna smell it? -No. Thanks Here. You can go. Sorry Bye Let this gentleman pass Patricia says youíve been looking for me Yes Well? Everythingís fine The articles are already in print Iíve left the reports with Patricia to send to the ministry Thanks, my friend. I called Ribbentrop He had talked to Fuhrer about me I have a chance I never doubted you did They say the Japanese have a valuable deserter
A Soviet general And? Is he talking to the press? Heís meeting with a Yomiuri Shimbun guy today I want be the next Sure. Iíll fix it Thank you In November 1933, when Germany followed Japan, exiting the League of Nations, I realized that our great countries are destined to become allies Weíll rule the East, you ñ the West We have common interests, Colonel, and common views regarding the new world order We have nothing to hide from our friends Mr. Sorge, Iím sorry for any inconvenience I understand -You can ask the prisoner any questions -I guessed that much But youíll have to agree the final copy with us Of course. I was told I would Does Liushkov speak German? Yes. He lived in Germany in 1930, being an industrial spy -Get in, please -Thank you This is the list and photos of the people who entered Tokyo by bike that day and seemed suspicious to our people Akira Matsumoto, fishmonger He came to Tokyo with his wife and a friend German reporter, Richard Sorge German reporter? Yes. The cop said he looked suspicious In what sense? I donít know Where did you get the picture? We have dossiers for every foreigner I took it there Interesting that Nariyakiís neighbor recognized him He once saw Nariyaki in Tokyo accompanied by a European man This man Then he said he had made a mistake They were just standing next to each other, but they didnít know each other Just standing in a line to a newspaper stand. Then Sorge allegedly left Also, he was limping He probably didnít say anything to his friend If he did, we donít know about it Mr. Major! Is this the German you had stopped? Yes, thatís him Why did he seem suspicious to you? He said he had been fishing But he was wearing a suit and had no rods But he had a press card from a German paper I couldnít have detained him Did I do something wrong? No. Itís fine. Dismissed Major, sir I also noticed blood on his coat sleeve Blood? Yes. He said it was from a fish It was very stinky -Did you smell it? -No -Idiot -Yes, sir And donít forget to write that Fuhrer and the Germans shouldnít trust Stalin Heís obsessed with global revolution, and he will definitely, do you hear, definitely attack German as soon as heís strong enough Thank you for the warning Weíll have that in mind But here is a question How you, a communist, a general
could betray your country and escape? You donít know what is going on there Terror. Executions They donít spare anyone Neither women nor kids There are purges. Stalin is a maniac Having eliminated some people, he starts eliminating those who took their places Can you be more specific? Sure All the leaders of the first Internal Affairs Commissariat was executed Yagoda, Prokofyev, Agranov, Bulanov, Lurye Too many people to name them all All the high management I got a telegram ordering me to report to Moscow, allegedly for promotion But I knew better Did the army suffer from repressions? Of course Stalin is destroying his own army All officers are either in prison camps or dead And the military intelligence? Why should it be any different? Of course. All of them Can you give me some names? I could, but you wouldnít know these people Excuse me, Iím a journalist I deal with facts Uritsky. Berzin. Have you heard of them? No Yan Karlovich. You have to understand I have two native countries, Germany and the Soviet Union Iím a communist. But Iím also a German I love Germany. Things are bad there The Nazis are getting arrogant. They are killing my friends, creating SS units Do you think itís all peace and quiet here? Everything thatís going on around us affects out future We have to be on the lookout every minute, every second Mr. Reporter! Mr. Reporter, do you hear me? Excuse me. You were saying? Iím saying they probably were bad intelligence officers if they couldnít predict their arrests I knew what was coming, and I escaped Iím alive, and they are probably dead Do you mean you were able to deceive Stalin himself? Are you going to deceive the Fuhrer, too? What does Fuhrer have to do with this? I didnít say that Do you think the Fuhrer is stupid? No! Of course I donít What are you Who do you call stupid? Who do you call stupid? -Bastard! -Help! What are you doing? This Bolshevik swine called the Fuhrer stupid! Mr. Reporter! Youíve probably mis You misunderstood me! I didnít say that! Iíll make sure you get shot! You scum What does he say? ìWe shift to the†soil policy of the future If we speak of soil in Europe today, we can primarily have in mind only Russia Here Fate itself seems desirous of giving us a sign.î We have no right to waste time We would never forgive ourselves Are you upset about something? Tell me, Icha-san No. Iím fine I was thinking about an old friend of mine
Ramsay requires a meeting with Berzin in person Otherwise, he threatens to wrap up the groupís work Why would he want that? They were close friends Berzin was arrested last year I didnít see his sentence Is he alive? Capital punishment Enemy of the people. Not long ago Ramsay is a valuable asset Lavrenty, you know how hard it is to organize an intelligence station in Japan Kliment, we need to mollify Ramsay Letís summon him to Moscow Let him take a break have some fun Richard, maybe you shouldnít challenge Moscow right now It might be dangerous Maybe you should wait Also, Liushkov is a traitor He could have told you any lies Thatís what I want to find out. Now Come on Branko, after the session we need to get rid of this monster Iíll ask Stalin himself Letís see what he says Icha, youíre talking in riddles. Explain Iíll ask to send here Max Clausen, my old friend We were starting together in China in 1931 What does Stalin have to do with it? If they send Clausen, it will mean everythingís fine Let them run him to earth If they say no, it will mean Comrade Stalin has his reasons. Are you ready? Letís start Mr. Sorge? Dr. Sorge Mr. Ott told me to find you immediately Is something wrong, Patty? I guess so Well, letís go Yes? May I? Whatís up? Why is Patricia smiling so mysteriously? Fuhrer ordered to dismiss me from active military service in connection with an upcoming diplomatic mission Heís going to appoint me the ambassador of the German Reich to Tokyo Well, congratulation, mister ambassador of the German Reich to Tokyo Stop it It might sound weird, but I would reject it if I were you Why is that? Many ambassadors lose their human traits I donít want to lose a good friend Weíll stay good friends Well, if we stay friends, then fine Say yes Ramsay refuses to come to Moscow on account of being busy Moreover, having lost his radio operator, he insists that we send to him Max Clausen He worked with him back in the ë30s in Shanghai Also, his wife Anna as a courier He insists, eh? Thatís what he wrote ìI insist. Otherwise I wonít be able to complete my missions.î All right If Comrade Ramsay asks, we should grant his request Lavrenty. Find this operator He wants to scare us But we do not get scared easily
-Find Clausen -Yes, Comrade… Stalin Come on. Come on So, thatís how we are Anna, we have company Hello Hi, maíam Set the table. Go Go, go Milk mushrooms? We picked them ourselves Thank you, maíam. Itís delicious I havenít had a homemade meal for a while -Iím always on business trips -Some more? No, thank you, Iím good We need a small favor from you, Comrade Clausen Can you sign a postcard for us? JAVA ISLAND That doesnít sound too hard Good. Write this ìDear Ramsay, I was happy to find out that weíll be working together once again See you soon in Tokyo, Fritz.î Are we… really going to Tokyo? It depends on you, Comrade Clausen Our contact is here, but we canít approach him. Four agents Weíll have to take this risk My handbag! My handbag! Thief! Help! He stole my handbag! Yes. This is Maxís hand OK. The transmitter is old and heavy It canít be transported anywhere Weíll hold short sessions set far apart When is the next session? In three days Good First thing, we need to report that weíve… resumed our work Walk me outside