The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 10 - Harunobu muhon - full transcript

After he returned from
the battle at Unnokuchi,

Kansuke lived gloomily in a deserted
temple on the outskirts of town.

Why are you on guard?

Isn't there anyone in this temple?

There's only me.

Is this where you were hiding?


Who do I need to hide from?

Who else but the Young Lord and Sir Itagaki.

What an odd thing to say.

I've been punished by the Young
Lord of Takeda at Unnokuchi Castle.

In a way that's more cruel
than being beheaded.

With the head connected to my body,
I'm looking for a place to die.

This is my family temple.

Since there is nobody here, I am
merely mourning for myself.

If you plan to keep a dead man
company, then sit down here.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 10:

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

Buddhist Memorial Service Coach: KANATAKE Motonobu
Imperial Palace Dialect Coach: HORII Reiichi
Kyoto Dialect Coach: INOUE Yukiko
Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:


OBU Toramasa:

OYAMADA Nobuari:
TANABE Seiichi


HARA Toratane:


TAKEDA Nobushige: KASHIMA Noritoshi

SANADA Yukitaka:
SASAKI Kuranosuke


IMAGAWA Yoshimoto:

ASADA Miyoko

Mitsu (flashback):

Princess Yu (flashback):

SUNOHARA Wakasa-no-kami: KIMURA Sakae
IHARA Yukimasa: SEGAWA Ryo

Gentaro: NAKAMURA Keisuke


Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture

Oshu City in Iwate Prefecture
Tono City in Iwate Prefecture
Aizuwakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture
Inawashiro Town in Fukushima Prefecture
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

SUWA Yorishige:

TAIGEN Sufu Sessai:
IBU Masato

IHARA Tadatane:

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

Lady OI:


TAKEDA Nobutora:

Executive Producer:

Art Direction by: INUKAI Shinji
Technology: KAWASAKI Kazuhiko
Sound Effects: WADA Naoya
Continuity: SATO Hideki
Editor: ABE Tadashi

Photography by: TAME Akihiro
Lighting by: NAKAYAMA Shigeo
Audio: WASHIZU Nobuatsu
Image Art: KANEZAWA Masato
Art Direction Manager: TAKAHASHI Hideki

Directed by:
SHIMIZU Kazuhiko


What did you just say?

The Young Lord is banishing the
lord from the province of Kai.

Isn't it the Young Lord that is being banished?

He is going against the lord's will.

He's sent a letter to the Imagawa,
informing them of his intent.

Mother, something interesting is happening.

Just the other day, I received
a letter from Nobutora,

asking me to take Harunobu in.

And now, I've received
a letter from Harunobu,

asking me to take Nobutora in.

What is the reason for it?

With the vassals and people
unhappy with Nobutora,

they are in a dilemma.

At this rate, Kai will be torn in two.

According to Nobutora's letter,

Harunobu is a coward and an imprudent fool.

But I find him to be very prudent.

And the proof of it, is this
brilliantly written letter.

He's not stating anything bad about Nobutora,

but his evilness emerges to mind.

He doesn't seem to be a fool at all.

I don't know what's written in the letter.

I was entrusted with it by Sir Itagaki
to deliver it to Sessai.

I will have to kill Sir Harunobu...


Isn't that right?

I just told you all the truth.

I am together with all of you, in body and soul.

If you are against Harunobu...

Then I'll inform the lord of it,
and kill Sir Harunobu myself.

Are you threatening us?

This is not a threat.

The Young Lord has every
reason to be concerned.

The lord has focused only on invading
other provinces for the past few years.

So I had to suppress countless
people from exploding from anger.

I had to recruit many
starving people for battle.

If we, fief owners, can't collect taxes,
what's the use of having fiefs?

Come to think of it, in 1536, when the
Kushima family revolted at Hanagura,

the lord punished the Maejima family
for sheltering their remnants.

The magistrates that were discontent
with that decision dispersed elsewhere.

And that left a seed of doubt
within the clan itself.

Even at that time...

Sir Harunobu showed concern
of such a consequence.

Now, we are faced with another internal problem.

The farmers could rise in revolt at any time...

Turning our lands into a bloody scene.

If that should happen, the other
provincial lords will invade us.

Are you saying...?



Many recognize Sir Harunobu's abilities
after that first battle of his.

But, does he really have the abilities
to banish the lord and take over?

Let us become the water.


We'll become the water that fills
the container called Harunobu.

In other words, the question will be
which container can we fill better...

Sir Harunobu or the lord?

We are together with you all the way.

Sir Amari...

I'll persuade the others.

Sir Obu!

I'm just worried about the flow
of the water in Suruga.

Which container will Imagawa Yoshimoto choose?

Sessai, are you suggesting
that we take Nobutora in?

In his ambition to conquer Kyoto,
he'll surely attempt to devour Suruga.

We should remove Nobutora from
that seat of power, and sell a favor

to the young Harunobu, who is
much easier to work with.

Then our relationship with Kai
will be stable even in the future.

True, it will be easier to work
with the young Harunobu.


I am against it.

I dread Harunobu, who is trying
to banish his parent, but...

I heard that Nobutora cut open the
stomach of a pregnant woman.

The thought of having to sleep with
him in the same house terrifies me.

Lady Jukei-ni, you won't be sleeping
with him in the same room.

I know that. I was just trying
to emphasize the point.

In any event, what are you going
to respond to Nobutora?

That's just it.

Sessai, be very careful with the response.

Yes, my lord.

The following day, Denbei received
a letter from Sessai

and left Suruga with it.

Sir Yukimasa...


He is the heir of the Ihara family,
whom he stayed with in the past.

What brings you here?

I need to learn some military
tactics from you again.

The heir of a vassal reached manhood

and will be fighting his first battle soon.

I want you to take care of him until then.

Stop trying to be merciful to me.

Don't say that. You need to
earn money to survive.

My father is still upset with you
for leaving Suruga without a word...

But deep down inside, he's worried about you.

Because my father couldn't get you a position...

Sir Yukimasa! Thank you.

My father said something odd
about Young Lord Harunobu of Kai.

You've always been interested
in Young Lord Harunobu.

What about that young lord?

That we'll be taking that young lord
into our custody soon.

What do you mean by that?

I don't know. Takeda Nobutora of Kai
sent a letter, requesting that.

A letter?

The lord is already married to a Takeda princess.

There should be no need to take
a hostage at this point.

I don't know what's written in that letter.

Sir Itagaki entrusted me with it
to deliver it to Sessai.

Another letter besides Nobutora's?



When is soon?

I don't know.

The Takeda forces in Kai were
dispatched to Shinano for battle.

It'll probably be after the battle.

According to what I heard,
the Suwa force in the south,

and the Murakami force in
the north, are participating, too.

They went to invade Chiisagata.


Unno Castle in Chiisagata was
invaded by the Takeda army,

and the lord, Unno Munetsuna, fled to Joshu.

Munetsuna was Sanada Yukitaka's grandfather.

And Sanada's Matsuo Castle was
surrounded by Murakami Yoshikiyo's army.

Is this the end of my beautiful village?

Sanada's wife's father had
also died at Unno Castle.

Amari! Hara! Good job!

When the main Unno family
falls into our hands...

I'll give the Sanada fiefs to Murakami.

No... to even get a part of that,
we'll attack Sanada from the back.

Amari, I see you as the successor
for Ogiwara Hitachinosuke.

I am very honored.

Work hard at giving wise advice
as my military strategist.

Men, thank you!

Meanwhile, Kansuke was headed for Chiisagata.

Listen! We're going to capture
Nagakubo Castle in Oi on our own!

Do not accept aid from the Takeda
or the Murakami forces!

Don't let them take any of the lands!

Sending Nene to you isn't enough.

Are you telling me to send
a hostage from Suwa?

If that hostage is Princess Yu...

then that would solidify the bond
between Takeda and Suwa.


Harunobu was kept far away
from this battle, too.

Young Lord. The Suwa force have beaten us

to Oi Sadataka's Nagakubo Castle.

Just as I thought.

Father placed us here to aid the Suwa force.

But Lord Suwa has no intention of
receiving any help from us.

That's fine, too.

Father had no intention of letting me
attack a castle anyway.

Itagaki, we won't be making
any moves for this battle.

We must not lose any soldiers.

Master! Denbei is back!

Oh, Denbei!

I have a letter from Sir Sessai.

Good work.

There were two letters from Sessai.
One to Harunobu, one to Nobutora.

The Imagawa have consented to my request.

As proof, they prepared
a response to my father, too.

Denbei, as tiring as it is...

Please deliver this letter to
Obu Hyobu immediately.

Yes, my lord.

Sir Sanada...

Sir Harunobu has a secret pact
with Imagawa Yoshimoto?

That's right. The lord will
be retiring in Suruga,

and Sir Harunobu will be succeeding as lord.

Most of the clansmen support it.
What about you?

That should temporarily quell the
discontent towards the lord.

But how will they feel deep down inside?

Deep down inside?

Will the clansmen be loyal to a man
who has banished his father

to another province to rob the reign?

The present lord has unified Kai.

That is why we revere him.

Reverence alone won't build a province.

Having a prudent man succeed it
will bear fruits to the efforts.

But the lord is trying to disinherit
Sir Harunobu without a just reason.

What do you think of a father
who abandons his child?

Shall we rescue that child?

That's something only
the vassals can do.

A province can be very fragile.

It is our time to choose our parent
and build our province.

Very well. Please leave the
Mukawa group to me.

I'm counting on you.

Is that what it's about?
Choosing their parent...

The Takeda vassals have chosen that Young Lord.

A revenge without ambition,
will accomplish nothing.

Takeda Harunobu...!

The Sanada village is about to fall.

At this point, I can only sally out,
break through their defense and flee!

Let's fight!

Listen up!

Even if we were to lose here...
this land will remain.

The mountains and rivers of this
land will remain unchanged.

My wife, child, and I will flee to Joshu.

But we'll lose our lands and fiefs,
and will be homeless.

I'm sure there will be great
hardships awaiting us.

That is why I cannot take you men along.


We will accompany you, too!

We will protect you!

Lord! We'll protect the Lady and
the Young Lord with our lives!


No! That cannot be done!

You must stay here and live!

Confuse the enemy until we
make it to safety, then submit.


That's cruel!

Mochizuki, Netsu, or even Murakami...

Select a temporary master and
serve him on this land.

I want as many of you as possible to survive.

Don't let your grudge get the best
of you and waste your lives.

That is something you must not do!

I wouldn't be proud of such bravery!

Please survive...

I am not leaving this Sanada land for good.

I plan to retrieve it later.

I'd like to have some drinks
with you all at that time.

We'll have a celebration then.

I want you to stay in hiding here, until that day.

I want you to protect these
precious things of ours,

even if it means serving the enemy.

This land, there you all are,
is my hometown village.

Do you understand?

Please be sure to survive!

My lord!

I'm leaving the castle now
to forge through the enemy lines!

The Sanada cavaliers fought
desperately against the Murakami force

to let Yukitaka flee to Joshu.



Sir Kansuke...

How were you?
So you were alive!

I am terribly sorry!

I am terribly sorry.

Are you saying you could've won us
the battle against Murakami-Takeda?

Don't get big-headed.

Kansuke, I'm glad to see you're alive.

My Lady...

This is Gentaro, who was
in my womb at that time.

He's five years old now.

I haven't seen you for five years.

Will you head to Joshu, after all?

That's right. The Uesugi won't stand
for the Takeda's invasion on Shinano.

I plan to seek the help of his key
vassal, Nagano Narimasa.

Nagano Narimasa...

I'll get my fief back from the
Takeda-Murakami force...

Are you a ronin?


Well, so am I.

Would you like to go to Joshu with me?

You look like you can't go.

I'm sorry.

It's all right.
Just go your own path.

Just don't lose your life over your grudge.

I'd like to head to Joshu while
it is still daylight. I'm in a rush.

I'm sorry to detain you.

Kansuke, my lord will surely defeat the Takeda.

Kansuke, let us meet again.

Kansuke and Sanada Yukitaka...

They will eventually have another
dramatic encounter with each other.

In late May of 1541, Nobutora
made a triumphant return to Kai,

after finishing a month long battle.


Men, thank you for your hard work
in this recent battle.

Congratulations on your victory.

Follow my Suwa son-in-law
in invading central Shinano

and kill Ogasawara Nagatoki.

Then kill Murakami Yoshikiyo,
who will voice his discontent on it.

Then most of Shinano will fall
into the hands of the Takeda.

Lord, if I may humbly speak up...

While we were out, a letter
from Imagawa Yoshimoto arrived.

From my son-in-law in Suruga?

Bring it to me.

He's asking me to come to Suruga
to see my wedded daughter.

How nice.

Yoshimoto must be worried about Harunobu.

That coward did nothing in this recent battle.

He just watched the Oi fiefs
fall to the Suwa force.


I am terribly sorry.

I guess I'll have to ask Yoshimoto
to take good care of him.

Obu, who received that letter?

My vassal.

Who delivered it?

A priest from Rinzai-ji Temple in Sunpu.

Sir Nobushige, is there a concern?


This is undoubtedly a letter from Yoshimoto.

I am heading to Suruga immediately.

Nobutora departed for Suruga
with a small party in early June.

As security, I've taken hostages
from the accompanying vassals.

We must leave the lord by himself in Suruga.

The only ones left are Sirs Nobushige,
Morozumi, and Oyamada.

How troublesome...
It'll spark a new revolt.

Should such a thing be allowed?

Sir Amari!

We've protected the lord until now.

That is why...

That is why we must continue to do so!

We must be the ones to make the lord retire!

That is the only way we can save his life!

That's heartless.

That is too heartless.

What's the matter, Harunobu?

Mother, I've kept this a secret, but...

The letter that was recently
delivered from Suruga

is a secret pact between
Imagawa Yoshimoto and me.

Secret pact?

Yoshimoto responded to my will.

What is this all about?

Father will not be returning to Kai.

What did you just say?


I am banishing Father from Kai.


I, Harunobu, will succeed him.

Mother, please approve of it.


Now, we have a problem here.

What other problem can there be,
besides taking Nobutora in?

Mother, are you still saying that?

I'll keep him away from you,
so please don't worry.

Who shall we send to the border to greet Nobutora?

When he finds out he was betrayed
by his sons and vassals, he'll go wild.

We'll need someone to calm him down
and bring him to Sunpu.

That's a difficult task to do.

I know. That is why I'm troubled.

It has to be someone who can put
a tight noose around his neck.

Yet be someone that won't be a shame to lose.

If the greeter gets killed, we'll
have a reason to kill Nobutora.

I have someone good in mind.

Kansuke, Sessai suggested you for that role.

The lord offered to employ you if you pull it off.

I'll accept it.


Please allow me to do it.

I'll go to greet Takeda Nobutora.

I thought you held a grudge
against Takeda Nobutora.

I've abandoned my grudge.

I want to carry out that mission
to gain employment.

Is that true?

Yes, it is.

Fine. I'll have my skilled vassals accompany you.

I won't waste your vassals' lives.

Don't waste yours, too.

Nor Nobutora's.

Yes, I know.

Sir Itagaki, what is going on here?

What is this meeting for?

Sir Amari? Sir Obu?

Please wait, Sir Oyamada!

What a strange gathering we have here.

Will it be troublesome if I stay?

It's all right.

Young Lord.

It'll make things faster.

What is the meaning of this?


Meanwhile, the unaware Nobutora entered Sunpu.


Episode 10:
The End


Kansuke, are you planning
to kill him?

It is a bloodless treason.

Surpass your father.

What is going on?

The Kai province that you created
will be protected by us,

under Harunobu's rule!



Nirasaki City, Yamanashi Prefecture.

This is where the Takeda clan
was established in Kai.

The Takeda Hachimangu Shrine is the
Takeda deity from Nobutora's days.

The main hall was rebuilt by Harunobu.

Sosen-in, which is relatively close
to Takeda Hachimangu Shrine...

This area was Kansuke's fief.

According to the local people,
this memorial tower was built by

the farmers who loved Kansuke.

Shinpu Castle, built on the Shichiri-Iwa cliff...

Harunobu's son, Katsuyori, made this
the Takeda's new home castle.

Nirasaki is a city that relays
the breath of prosperity

of the Takeda family.

Access to Sosen-in, Kansuke Memorial Tower
From Nirasaki on JR by bus to Anayamabashi stop
walk 40 minutes

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