The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 1 - Sekigan no otoko - full transcript

I am like the pale moon.

Lord Shingen is like
the burning sun.


Love is like the scattering flowers.

The heart is like the gloomy grove.


My arch rival is like the dragon.


Battles represent my life.


I am Takeda Shingen's strategist,

Yamamoto Kansuke.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 1:

Original Story by:
INOUE Yasushi

Screenplay by:

Music by:

Theme Music Performed by: NHK Symphony Orchestra
Theme Music Conductor: TAKASEKI Ken
Performed by: The Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra

Title Letters by: KAKINUMA Koji
Narrator: KAGAMI Sachiko

Period Consultant: SHIBATSUJI Shunroku
Customs Consultant: FUTAKI Kenichi
Architecture Consultant: HIRAI Kiyoshi
Wardrobe Consultant: KOIZUMI Kiyoko

Sword Fighting/Martial Arts Coach: HAYASHI Kunishiro
Conduct Coach: NISHIKAWA Minosuke
Horse-Riding Coaches: TANAKA Mitsunori, TSUJII Keiji

Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko
Buddhist Memorial Service Coaches:
KANATAKE Motonobu, YAMADA Akimasa


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:

UESUGI Kenshin:

OBU Toramasa:

OYAMADA Nobuari:
TANABE Seiichi


HARA Toratane:

Densuke: ARIZONO Yoshiki
Takichi: ARIMA Jiyu

TAKEDA Katsuchiyo: IKEMATSU Sosuke
Okuma: ASADA Aoi

SATO Ryuta



Princess Yu:

MAEJIMA Masakatsu: SHIONOYA Masayuki


Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture

Oshu City in Iwate Prefecture
Aizuwakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture
Inawashiro Town in Fukushima Prefecture
Tsukubamirai City in Ibaraki Prefecture

Sakado City in Saitama Prefecture
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture
Materials Furnished by:
Takeda Shinto Shrine
Erin-ji Temple

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

HOJO Ujiyasu:

AKABE Shimotsuke-no-kami:

TSUJI Kazunaga

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

Lady OI:

TAKEDA Nobutora:

Executive Producer:

Art Direction by: AOKI Masakazu
Technology: TANAKA Mitsuru
Sound Effects: WADA Naoya
Continuity: SATO Hideki
Editor: ABE Tadashi

Photography by: SASAKI Tatsunosuke
Lighting by: HORIKAGO Isamu
Audio: NOHARA Tsunenori
Image Art: TANIMOTO Masahiro
Art Direction Manager: TAKAHASHI Hideki

Directed by:
SHIMIZU Kazuhiko

AUGUST, 1535

Kansuke's first visit to Kai
Province was in 1535.

He was called Obayashi Kansuke then,
and was a mere wandering ronin.

That year, Kai Province had a famine.


Are you going to battle?

Yeah, I'll be back.

You need to take the enemy
general's head for a reward!

If not the head, I'll take their provisions,
weapons, or whatever they have!

Once we enter the enemy's fief,
everything is up for grabs!


Just wait safely.


Who are you?

What are you doing?

I'm a traveler.

Will you give me some food?

I have no food to give you.

I've been eating only things
that appear edible.

As long as I can eat something,
I'll be satisfied.

Where are you from?

From the Kyoto area.

Is everyone going to battle?

They're going out to steal...
wearing the things they stole.

I advise you to leave as soon
as you finish eating.

You never know where
the battle will start.

Sorry for the trouble.


Which God is that?

Oh, you mean this?

Marici, God of War.



The lord of Kai Province then was
Takeda Nobutora, Shingen's father.

Nobutora conquered the province of Kai.

To magnify his powers, he was fighting
against the Imagawa in Suruga

and their ally, the Hojo in Sagami.

The Imagawa that governed Suruga
and Totomi, was a powerful clan,

that was trying to infiltrate
Mikawa as well.

Where did they go?



If you pursue them too far, you'll die.

The enemy soldiers are waiting
in ambush up ahead.

Why get yourselves killed
in a skirmish?


Wait! Wait!

Neither the enemy nor the ally
have launched a full-scale attack.

They're just in "kuraizume".


What does that mean?

The enemy's troops number 15,000.

The Takeda has 5,000 at most.

The Imagawa is flaunting their number
to get the Takeda to withdraw.

If the skirmishes continue, the Lord
of Kai will be forced to withdraw.

You mean our Lord will lose?

I won't accept that!!

Wait! Wait! Wait! Wait!

Why should you, a farmer, die?

Who are you?

I'm just an ordinary ronin.

Take me to your camp.

Who is your general?

Is he strong?

What are you doing?

Don't get me wrong!!


The Takeda had been confronting
the Imagawa for a few days now.

A surprise attack works best
for a "kuraizume".

Shall we launch a night attack?

If Ogiwara Hitachinosuke were alive,
he'd have suggested that.

After we lost him, our main camp
has turned quiet.

Ogiwara Hitachinosuke was a general
that was Nobutora's right hand man.

Nobutora had lost his strategist.



The Imagawa have asked the Hojo
in Sagami for reinforcements.

The Hojo will be departing
Odawara Castle tomorrow morning.

Damn Imagawa!

They lured my army here...

and were planning to have the
Hojo attack us from the back.

What is their count?

I don't know yet.

Maejima, did that report
come from your scout?

No, it comes from the enemy's scout.

What do you mean?

The enemy's general, Kushima Echizen,
is in secret contact with us.



He's related to Kushima Kazusanosuke,
the chief commander for the battle of Iidagawara.

Isn't he a sworn enemy of ours?

Aren't you being tricked
by the Imagawa?

Ever since Ujiteru inherited the Imagawa,

he's been on good terms
with the Maejima family.

So he has treacherous thoughts
against his unreliable lord.

Maejima! Good Work!

Itagaki, send a messenger
to Hara Mino (Toratane).

Have him join the Oyamada-
Katsunuma forces with you.

Yes, sir!

Let's go!

Imagawa Ujiteru is a great
coward as the rumor says.


Are you a spy for the Imagawa?

Densuke can take your head.

Please wait!

I am not a spy!

I am an ordinary ronin!


What's your name?

Obayashi Kansuke.

I would like to be included in
your army for this battle.

Who did you serve in the past?

I haven't served anyone.

I left Mikawa 15 years ago.

I've been traveling across
the land in training.

Were you born in Mikawa?

Then why aren't you siding
with the Imagawa?

It is customary for a ronin
to side with the stronger side.

What happened to your face?

Show me.

Are you blind in one eye?

I had smallpox as a child

and lost my sight as a result.

You seemed to be dragging
your foot, too.

What could you have been training
in that handicapped condition?

The secrets of the Art of War.

You've got gall!

Your tactics will be useless
in a real battle.

What do you make of the enemy's
movements with that one eye?

I saw the enemy's foot soldier
run into your camp.

There could be an enemy general that
is in secret contact with an ally.


You're bluffing!

The messenger is here!


The Hojo reinforcements are leaving
Odawara tomorrow morning!

You are ordered to join the
force with Sir Itagaki.

Tomorrow morning?

How did they know that,
even before they departed?

Kushima Echizen-no-kami of
the Imagawa side notified us of it.

I shall do as ordered.

Bring my helmet.


His life is on hold for awhile.

I'm going to join Itagaki right now.

Get my horse!

You men, rest yourselves!

Is it the Hojo next?

Hey, Heizo!


What happened to that ronin?

He was sound asleep there
until a while ago.

You fool!


The Imagawa men have
started their "randori".

They're heading north of the river!

Wake up! Let's go!

The farmers and ronin that went off
to battle had to deliver the provisions,

so when they came to enemy fiefs,
they attacked the private homes.

And this is what they referred to as
"randori" (grabbing by force).

For the farmers that suffered
from poor crops and famine,

this was a battle for food.

Give it back!



Wait up!

No way!

Submit to me!



Are you a ronin from Suruga?

You're no ordinary rat, are you?



Forgive me!


Get him!

Sir Hara.

Why, Sir Kyoraishi!

Thank you for coming.

I heard the reinforcements
from Hojo will be attacking.

That right! We're leaving
tomorrow morning.

We'll leave this place to your
Mukawa group of soldiers.


By the way, have you seen
Akabe Shimotsuke around?

No. Why do you ask?

He disappeared from
the camp last night.

There was a "randori" up ahead
by the Imagawa soldiers.


Did his bad habit come out again?

Are you awake?

My big brother told me
you're a wandering ronin.

Brother...Your brother?
Who is that?


Ah, you're his younger sister.

I am Mitsu.

He feels grateful to you
for saving me.

Did you dress my wounds?

They weren't serious.

But I must say... you're
not good with a sword at all.

Why do you say that?

It's a miracle that you
survived all those wounds.

Densuke has battle wounds, too,
but not as much as you.

You have more than my brother,
who is a farmer.

A single man's bravery
won't win you the battle.

Those who brag of their
strengths will die first.

You almost died, too.

I'll wash your kimono.

You can wear Densuke's.

Where's Densuke?

They're taking turns standing
guard by the river.

Should you have left Mitsu alone?

He can't do anything to her
in that condition.

How can you be so sure?

You're in love with Mitsu,
aren't you?

But Mitsu loves samurai, so she
doesn't give you the time of day.

Shut up!

I'm going to distinguish myself
and become a samurai!

That guy...

Where's Mitsu?

She's sleeping.

Mitsu's mother was killed
in a "randori".

Mitsu was only four-years-old.

I barely saved Mitsu.

It was when the Imagawa
attacked Iidagawara.

My father and older brother
went to battle in it and died.

And you still go to battle?

That's the only way we,
farmers of Kai, can survive.

Why did you come here last night?

To return to Mikawa.

You're returning to Mikawa?

I have to find a lord to serve.

I have to succeed as family head.

But in this condition... it's hard
to get employment empty-handed.

Are you going to serve
the Imagawa in Mikawa?

I'm not going to be an ordinary vassal.

I want to be a fine strategist.

You don't understand, do you?

No, I don't.

The enemy is here!


Densuke! It's the man from last night!

What do you want?

Sir Akabe.

Are you Sir Akabe?

Yes, it is him!

Are you a Takeda vassal?

What are you doing here?

I'm making my rounds.

Don't lie! You climbed onto me
when I was lying asleep!

How dare you!

Don't you remember me?

Fool! Are you accusing me of "randori?"

Who do you think I am?

I am Akabe Shimotsuke, a direct
vassal of the Takeda family.

I am here to protect you
from the bandits.

What do you take me for?

But Mitsu said...

What about her?

She seduced me.

She wanted provisions.

To be honest, she and I
have a relationship.

From time to time, I've been
coming to see her in secret.

Mitsu, how can you reject me now?

Mitsu, how could you!

It's a lie!

This isn't the first time...

It's a lie! A LIE!

You needn't hide it anymore.
Just serve me openly.

Mitsu, do you love samurai that much?


It's a lie!

I have a huge lump
on my inner thigh.

It's sore and embarrassing.
That's why I keep men away.

The lump didn't bother me.

I got you! I don't have any lump!

Get him!


If you kill him, this village
will be in trouble.

But if we let him go...

That won't be good either.

He'll eventually come
to kill you all.

What should we do?


Tie him up and hide him.

A horse!

Hide him quickly!

What are you doing there?

Sir Hara left a long time
ago for Yamanaka!

The Hojo army will be
attacking! Hurry!


This is Yamanaka in Kai.

A force of the Takeda was
waiting in ambush for the Hojo.

Yes, yes.

We'll treat the Odawara men
to a tiger's hunt.

Don't blunder and disgrace our name.

The trap was set at the border
of Sagami, between Kagosaka Pass

and the Yamanaka camp.

The Manzawa side, where Nobutora
was facing the Imagawa,

was located on the opposite side
of Fuji, and a few mountains away

from the two battlefields was Kai,
the Takeda's headquarters.


Katsuchiyo, there you are.

Were you praying for your
father's victory in battle?


I heard the people of Kai are suffering
from famine again this year.

If the battle prolongs
at a time like this...

The famine situation
will only get worse.

It is only natural to look to other
provinces to better your own.

Sun Tzu said, "All warfare
is based on deception".

Father fights the enemies
without any plan in mind.

That is why we must always gather
soldiers and raise the taxes.

Your father has knowledge in battles
that can't be taught in books.

You'll learn that by
experience next year.

At that time, you'll have a lot
to learn from your father.

So now, you must not
interfere in his ways.


Katsunuma Nobutomo led an army
of 2,000 to Yamanaka.

He is Nobutora's younger brother.

Is Katsuchiyo doing well?

Yes. He'll be having his
manhood rite next year.

He's been studying hard in
the literary and military arts.

He's carved images of the
four greatest sages of the world,

and has been worshipping
them day and night.

I've heard about his deep
devotion to his studies.

His teacher, Priest Gishu Genpaku,
is left speechless.

That's good to hear.

With you training him in
military arts, he should be fine.

That's not true at all.


The lord seems to loathe his
devotion to his studies.

My brother dislikes his competent son?

That's strange.

However, I can understand it in a way.

My brother is a lord that
emphasizes military arts.

At age 14 he inherited the clan,
but was tricked by his relatives.

In short, he was raised
in the midst of battles.

He married the daughter of the man
he made submit in the clan.

And that's how Katsuchiyo was born.

My brother's life was filled
with battles within and without.

But this province of Kai that
he unified by force...

will bear fruit if someone wise
takes over after him.

Don't worry. When this battle
is over, I'll remonstrate him.

Sir Katsunuma, please do so.

Akabe disappeared?

Yes. He's been missing from
the camp since three days ago.

What do you mean?

Isn't that the day that the
Imagawa had their "randori"?

Don't tell me he...?

Are you saying he was killed
by an Imagawa soldier?

No. If I may humbly speak...

Or did he betray the Takeda?

He must've gone to the Imagawa.

If I may humbly speak...!

And you men remained?

Did you stay here to become
spies for the Imagawa?



The crimes of a master are
also the crimes of the vassals.

Haven't we received a report
from Gunnai yet?

Kagosaka Pass, huh?

Why don't you stay in Kai?

Kansuke, have you ever seen
someone beheaded?

Have you?


It must've been scary.
It's not humane.

It's not scary. Once you see it,
you won't be scared.

To a samurai, it's like
crushing an insect.

You can feel it more,
when it's a person.

That's how it is
in the human world.

You stop seeking compassion from others.

You become cautious.

In other words,
it extends your life.

It is very important to see
things with your own eyes.

I don't understand it at all.

I don't understand why you
like samurai either.

I dislike farmers.

Whether they go to battle or not,
they die like insects.

They lead boring lives.

Hey, I want to marry a samurai.

Kansuke, will you take me with you?

Take me with you!

Don't you think anything of my eye?

Doesn't it scare you?

Should I be scared of a blind eye?

No woman comes near me.

Why did you save me?

The thing that saved you...

was this.

Not me.

My wounds are healed now.


Are you going back to Mikawa?

I'm going to Yamanaka first
to watch the battle.

I want to see the Hojo of Sagami
engage in battle.

I'm not taking you!

I'm going to the battle site.


I want to see the battle.

Don't be ridiculous!

My mother was killed
before my very eyes...

My sister was taken.

I'm scared of battles.

You said if I saw it with my
own eyes, my fears would go away.

Didn't you say that?

Battles are scary.

That is why I want to see it.

Isn't the scout back yet?

Where's our signal?

Aren't the Hojo here yet?

This is strange.

I can't wait any longer.

I'm leading my force
into the mountain.

Wait. No notice is the notice.

The Hojo army is closeby.

Takeda scouts...?

Keep quiet. Is that clear?

Are you a spy for the Takeda?

No. We're just farmers.

What are you doing here?

We were on our way home to Yamanaka.

What happened to your eye?

I lost my sight from an illness.

Nevermind. Begone!


Leave the woman.

Leave her!


Take care.

How can I?


Don't let him escape!

Kansuke, wait!

They're coming.

Get ready.


So that's Itagaki.


What are you doing here?

I came to watch the battle.

Where's Mitsu?

I don't know.

I told my master that you died.

Go to Mikawa! Don't come to Kai again!

Something is wrong, Densuke.

What do you mean?

The Hojo were cautious enough
to kill all the scouts,

but they've left themselves
open for attack.

The back!

The Hojo will be attacking from the back!


Densuke, inform your master of it!

It'll be a big merit to you.

Go quickly!

Itagaki, we needn't wait for
the reinforcements from the lord.

The Hojo soldiers are fleeing.

Shall we forge ahead and
attack the main army?

No, wait.

Something's strange.


The back!

The Hojo are coming from the back!


Take care of here.

Sir Katsunuma!

The lake!

Watch the back!


Sir Katsunuma...!


Damn Hojo...!

Father, the army of 2,000 came charging
head-on to our army of 8,000.

The Takeda of Kai are fools
with no tactical abilities.

Ujiyasu, don't take them lightly.

They are strong for a small province.

That's because they are
strong in archery.

If they had a good strategist,

they could become the
best army in Japan.

The Hojo of Sagami are
good battle strategists.

The Takeda won't last four hours.

Sir Kitamura, there's a courier.

He seems seriously injured.

Stop the horse for him!



will you give this to me?

This is my guardian deity
that I got from Mt. Koya.

I can't give it to just anyone.

If I dropped in hell, I would
have to go and get it.

Is there really such a thing as hell?

It is everywhere.


I'll make a good wife.

Damn you!

Mitsu, run!

I'm taking your head.

This is what a battle is like.

When Densuke went to Kidaira,
Nasu in Fuji for battle...

He saw this flower blooming.

That was the first time
he went to battle...

That was the first time
he killed someone...

He thought nothing of it
during the battle...

But in the night, when
he saw this flower...

He thought, "I did
something very bad."

Kansuke, when you've killed
someone in battle,

just think of it as picking
a flower like this.

You didn't kill the person
because you hated him.

That's what I think.

This flower will bloom in the
gloomy heart of a person.


I can see it...

I can see the flower blooming in you...

That is why I am not afraid of you.


Kansuke, I'll be waiting for you.

I'll be waiting for you in hell.

With the head of Akabe
Shimotsuke in hand,

he headed for his home in Mikawa.

This is when the "Furin Kazan"
flag did not exist yet.

Episode 1:
The End


You must not hate your father.


I, Kansuke, have returned.

Kansuke, abandon the sword.

It is not clear yet.

Please employ me in the Imagawa.

Don't move now.


Who are you?!

Who hired you?!


Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture.

Yamamoto Kansuke, who was
wandering around the country,

had a fateful encounter with Takeda
Harunobu, the future Shingen, here.

Where the Takeda Shrine
currently stands,

is the Tsutsujigasaki Mansion,
where Lord Takeda lived for 63 years.

Northeast of the mansion is the mountain
castle that was built for times of battle.

This is where Harunobu is
believed to have been born.

One of the 24 generals
who supported Harunobu

was Yamamoto Kansuke,
the chief of the foot soldiers.

Kansuke's meritorious deeds were
depicted in the Koyo Gunkan,

a military strategy book published
in the early Edo period.

That is how he became famous.

Kofu was the main base for the
Takeda during the warring era.

This is where Kansuke strived to
conquer the land with Harunobu,

as Harunobu's strategist.

Access to Takeda Shrine
From JR Kofu Station
By bus, get off at Takeda Shrine.

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