The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 11 - Nobutora tsuihô - full transcript

My son-in-law in Suruga is
asking me to come to Suruga

to see my wedded daughter.

In June of 1541,

Takeda Nobutora departed to
Suruga with a few men.

Father will not be setting
foot in Kai again.

What did you just say?


I am banishing Father from Kai.

Who will 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 need someone to pacify him
and bring him to Sunpu.

I know the perfect man for that role.


"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 11:

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
Classic Japanese Poem Consultant: INOUE Muneo

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


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:


OBU Toramasa:

OYAMADA Nobuari:
TANABE Seiichi


HARA Toratane:


TAKEDA Nobushige: KASHIMA Noritoshi

AOKI Daizen: SHIHODO Wataru
IHARA Yukimasa: SEGAWA Ryo

ASAHINA Yasuyoshi: SHIMOMO Toshiro
OKABE Chikatsuna: MIYAJI Yoshitomo

IMAGAWA Yoshimoto:

ASADA Miyoko

Mitsu (flashback):

OI Sogei: SHOJI Eiken
ASUKAI Masanori: KAMEYAMA Sukekiyo

TAKEDA Taro: KATO Seishiro
KOYAMA Katsuhiro

Imperial Palace Dialect Coach: HORII Reiichi
Kyoto Dialect Coach: INOUE Yukiko
Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko


Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture

Oshu City in Iwate Prefecture
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

HOJO Ujitsuna:

TAIGEN Sufu Sessai:
IBU Masato

IHARA Tadatane:

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

Lady OI:


TAKEDA Nobutora:

Executive Producer:

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

Photography by: SASAKI Tatsunosuke
Lighting by: HORIKAGO Isamu
Audio: FUJII Yoshiyasu
Image Art: TANIMOTO Masahiro
Art Direction Manager: MATSUTANI Takafumi

Directed by:
SHIMIZU Kazuhiko

As your older brother, I have
no feelings of hate for you.

Please keep that in mind when
you listen to what I have to say.

Is it about Father?

That's right.

What do you plan to do with Father?

I'm banishing him from Kai.

I'm sending troops to the border
to stop him from returning to Kai.

I will not let him step foot in Kai again.

Sir Itagaki! Sir Amari! Sir Obu!

Are you participating in this treason?

Yes, we are.

Morozumi, we are doing this for the sake of Kai.

The people are exhausted with
the lord's administration.

We are rising to save those people.

Young Lord, do you think you can
correct the disturbance in this land

by going against the lord?

You'll be going against the ways of Heaven.

I will follow Young Lord Harunobu.


Sir Morozumi, aren't you objecting for
Sir Nobushige, and not the lord?

That is why I hid it from you. Sorry.

You are defying the lord's will
by removing Sir Nobushige!

That's an odd thing to say, Morozumi.

I would only be heir
if my brother is disinherited.

My brother, there, is not someone
who will stand for it.


What is the matter?

Sir Oyamada, when did you become aware of it?

I guess I've been taken lightly.

I knew what you men were up to.

So you knew about the letter from Sessai.

That's right. Sessai was worried
about a riot in Kai.

Then again, that might be
Sessai's very intention.

If I side with the lord, so will the Imagawa.

The Imagawa can use the Young Lord's
treason as an excuse to join hands

with the Hojo and attack Kai.

The lord is in the hands of the Imagawa now.

Listen, Young Lord.
If you start a riot now,

this land will be swallowed up
by the other feudal lords.

Sir Oyamada, what do you plan to do then?

I will not side with the lord...
for that is best for Kai.

If Sir Nobushige should be against it,
then we'll just have to kill him here.

Sir Oyamada!

Without such resolution, the Young
Lord can't fight his father.

Well? Can you kill your objecting
young brother before the vassals?

Can you force him to submit?

It is unnecessary to use force.

Oyamada, trust me.

You have all your vassals' support...

so the other lords can't take you lightly.


Not by force... but by heart...

I want to move Nobushige with my heart.

Please Nobushige...

Won't you follow me?
I want your help on it.


Brother, please raise your head.

It was hard on me...

Did you think I was happy
to behave as Father wished?

Father hated you because
he feared your abilities.

I knew... I played second fiddle to you.


I'm sure the vassals know that, too.

Sir Nobushige...

Even if the vassals thought
I lacked the abilities for it,

I was planning to succeed Father
despite any shame I had to bear.

That is, if you didn't rise...
and take the succession.

Brother, I am happy that you have
reached that resolution and risen!

I can understand your feelings,
more than anyone else.

I would like to boldly follow
your orders from now.

Nobushige, I have never felt
so ashamed of myself...

Forgive me, Nobushige...

Kai will change, won't it?


Meanwhile, in Sunpu...

A linked-verse gathering was
held in Nobutora's honor.

The noble (tanka) poet, Asukai Masanori,

and his pupil, Oi Sogei, were also present.

Oi Sogei is Lady Oi's father,
who had lost to Nobutora

and renounced the world.

"The moon, that lives in the
heart of the viewer..."

"Spotless is the old self..."

"Unforgotten thoughts in the
reflected world..."

"No Kai (purpose) to return to
in the clear mind."

Kansuke, haven't you heard
anything from my father?

The lord plans to use you as
a scapegoat to kill Nobutora.

If they kill the frenzied Nobutora
for killing an Imagawa vassal,

the Takeda can't make any qualms about it.

I know...

I understand it, too!

You are Aoki Daizen!

Yamamoto Kansuke, take me with you.

What are you saying?

I've served the Imagawa
for many years.

I assisted in the battle against the Hojo,

and have taken many enemy heads.

But they refuse to formally employ me.

The Imagawa are cowards.


There's no one in the clan
that can beat me in fencing.

I'll present Takeda Nobutora's head
for a chance at employment.

I am going there to kill him.

I know that.

Yamamoto Kansuke, if you are
going to turn me down...

Then show me your skills.

What will you do?

Don't get in the way.

Sir Yoshimoto, please take
good care of Harunobu.

Please do not worry.
He will be in good hands.

Regarding his lifestyle in Sunpu...

After discussing it with the vassals,
we will go to Kofu once.

No Kai to return to in the clear mind...

At the linked-verse gathering, you
captured my exact thoughts on it...


Harunobu has no home to return to.

After he studies his etiquettes
and military arts on this land...

He will have to find himself.

As his father, that is what worries me.

Sir Sessai, please become a good teacher to him.

If he wants to become a priest,
that might be good for him, too.

With this said, Nobutora and
his men headed back to Kai.

Kansuke, you must not hurt Nobutora.

Yes, my Lady.

You must not hurt his men, either.

A little injury is fine.

Mother, that will cause problems.

Why should we assume a humble attitude?

Harunobu should get a taste of what he's doing.

Having no mishaps will be
to your merit, Kansuke.

Do you understand?
I'm counting on you.

Bring that.

I'll give you that.

Clean up your appearance and wear that.

I want you to look appropriate
as an Imagawa vassal.

Are you going to help chase out our lord?

Yes... why wouldn't I?

Mitsu knew this was going to happen.

Mitsu doesn't have that kind of power.

It's not a matter of power...
but feelings...

Her feelings reached...

If this will make the province of Kai better...

We owe it to Mitsu for becoming
part of Kai's soil...

Or so I'd like to believe,
as her older brother...

Kansuke and the others, who received
the secret order from the Imagawa...

headed for the border, pursuing
Nobutora and his party.

Mother... I will be heading
for the border now.

Are you personally going?

Yes. Nobushige will be coming with me, too.

Itagaki Nobukata, Amari Torayasu, Obu Toramasa,

Morozumi Torasada, Hara Toratane...

The vassals, who have a character
from Father's name,

must all be there to confront him,
or he will have second thoughts...

How cruel...

It will be a bloodless revolt.

Wouldn't that make your father feel worse?

Mother, what are you going to do?

What do you mean?

Will you retire in Suruga with Father?

If you have no such intention, then
please stay here in Kai and guide me.

Your father has no feelings left for me.

And I have nothing more to teach you.

I am renouncing the world.


A woman who can't live her life in
battles can be troublesome...

Some things can't be understood
unless you abandon yourself...

Therefore, I shall abandon
myself with the lord...

I am terribly sorry...

Harunobu, if you love this province...

You must not get caught up
in your personal grudge and gain.

Proceed without any grudges...


Surpass your father.

Do I wish him success even
at a time like this?


Meanwhile, in the province of Sagami,
a new lord was about to be born.

Father, this is...?

Ujiyasu... there are worries and
sadnesses accompanied to everything.

Time won't wait for anyone.

Time goes by swiftly...
bringing death.

Those with high status...
and those who are humble...

all meet with death, alike.

And they all turn into the past.

What are you saying?

By leaving notes, I can make
use of my short life...

Consider it to be my last lesson to you...


It became the personal notes
of Lord Hojo Ujitsuna

and was relayed to future
generations as his will.

Ujitsuna passed away within a month later,

and his will was carried on by Ujiyasu.

"Duty should be upheld between the
generals and common samurai."

"If you don't uphold duty and
overthrow a province or two,"

"disgrace will follow, and you
will meet with certain demise"

"under punishment of Heaven."

"And you will bring disgrace to
future generations as well."

"When you hear of old stories,
there is a big difference"

"between a demise based on dutiful acts,"

"and a glory attained from non-dutiful acts."

"The general's core must be based
on dutifulness with his vassals."

"Those who attain success
with unreasonable feats"

"will not escape Heaven's punishment."

What's going on?

What is going on?

Find out what's going on.

Everyone, don't follow!



What is going on here?

Explain it!


You are not allowed to step on to Kai lands!

Please turn back to Sunpu immediately.


Father, I shall have you retire in Sunpu!




What is going on here?

Amari, what are you doing?

Kill that fool, Harunobu!

Obu Toramasa!

Morozumi Torasada!

Hara Toratane!

Damn you!

Father! Please forgive us!

The province of Kai that you built,

will be protected by us, under Harunobu!

Please rest assured!



"The moon, that lives in the
heart of the viewer..."

"Spotless is the old self..."

"Unforgotten thoughts in the
reflected world..."

"No Kai (purpose) to return to
in the clear mind."


Itagaki, refrain!

I am Yamamoto Kansuke. I was sent
by the Imagawa to greet you.

I am Ihara Yukimasa, an Imagawa vassal.

I shall be accompanying you.

Thank you for coming.

Does Kansuke plan to kill him?


Do you have a grudge against me?

I feel a serious thirst for
blood reeking from you.

Please stop! Have you gone mad?

Stay out of this!

Stay out of this.

I want to marry a samurai.

I'll make a good wife.

I can see... the flower blooming in you.


Kansuke, it's your child.

It moved.

It's your child!

Can I believe you?

Can I really believe you?

Believe me.


Stop him!

Killing you men won't gain me employment.

Damn Imagawa... Killing me
won't accomplish anything.

Kai won't fall by killing me.

There's Harunobu...

The fierce general that I raised.

I raised him very sternly.

The one to take Suruga and
rule all of Japan will be...

the Takeda heir, Takeda Harunobu!

Just remember that.

The moon, that lives in the
heart of the viewer...

Please pardon my rudeness.
I shall accompany you to Sunpu now.

Takeda Nobutora retired in Suruga,

and renounced the world immediately after.

He would never set foot in Kai again.

Episode 11:
The End


I, Yamamoto Kansuke,
will go to Kai.

No one truly believes in you.

He's quite an imposter.

You never know what awaits.

You've dug your own grave.

Attack Itagaki Nobukata.

Are you telling me to fear that ronin?

I would like to tame him.



Nanbu-cho, Yamanashi Prefecture has
three sides facing Shizuoka Prefecture.

Manzawa-juku was a place
of continuous battle

between the Takeda
and Imagawa.

This is where Nobutora,
who was on his way home

to Kai from Suruga,
was banished by Harunobu.

Nobutora, who was placed in the custody of
Imagawa Yoshimoto, renounced the world.

He is later said to have
traveled across the country.

Daisen-ji Temple in Kofu City...

Nobutora built this as his family
temple before he was banished.

A pannier with his favorite
juzu (rosary),

Buddhist alter fittings, and
garments are preserved here.

In 1574, Nobutora was buried here.


He was only allowed to return to
his hometown, Kai, after he died.

Access to Manzawaguchi
From Jujima stop on JR
5 minutes by car
Access to Daisen-ji Temple
From Kofu on JR
by bus to Takeda San-chome stop
walk 10 minutes

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