The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 12 - Kansuke shikan - full transcript

In June of 1541,

Takeda Harunobu banished Nobutora
from Kai and succeeded as lord.

In these turbulent times...
people often talk about the country.

However, the basis of
a country is a province.

Therefore, peace must first be
brought to the province.

If the lord holds an unjust heart...

the country and province will
only grow further apart.

You men, must at all times, be able
to tell where your lord's heart lies.

To do that, you must carry
yourselves righteously.

The basis of a country is a province.

The basis of a province is its people.

I shall never forget your efforts
in making me lord.

If you see no sincerity in my intent,
then remonstrate me.

And if I still don't listen,
then have me replaced.

With that will in mind, I am
succeeding as lord of the Takeda clan.

If you have no objections, then
swear your allegiance to me.

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Vow to the flag and armor!

We vow to the flag and armor!

The flag and armor are heirlooms
from the Genpei period.

The Takeda lords have all made their
vows before them upon succession.

Harunobu was now the guardian
of Kai Province.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 12:

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
Calligraphy Instructor: MOCHIZUKI Gyoun

Horse-Riding Coaches: TANAKA Mitsunori, TSUJII Keiji
Japanese Music Coach: HONJO Shotaro
Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:

OBU Toramasa:

OYAMADA Nobuari:
TANABE Seiichi


HARA Toratane:


TAKEDA Nobushige: KASHIMA Noritoshi

IHARA Yukimasa: SEGAWA Ryo
KASUGA Gengoro: TANAKA Kotaro

SATO Ryuta


Princess Yu:

AOKI Daizen: SHIHODO Wataru


Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture

Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture
Japanese Drum Performance:

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

SUWA Yorishige:


IHARA Tadatane:

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

Executive Producer:

Art Direction by: AOKI Masakazu
Technology: KAWASAKI Kazuhiko
Sound Effects: IMAI Hiroshi
Continuity: SATO Hideki
Editor: ABE Tadashi

Photography by: TAME Akihiro
Lighting by: IUCHI Minoru
Audio: NOHARA Tsunenori
Image Art: TAKAHASHI Yoshihiro
Art Direction Manager: SUGIHARA Hiroki

Directed by:


As the Imagawa messenger, Kansuke
brought Nobutora back to Sunpu, but...

All he got was a reward, and he was
left to live in the rundown temple.

Are you home?

Who is it?

It's me, Aoki Daizen!

Just one coin... What a cheat.

Strategist, my foot!

You've taken castles and won battles...

And your fencing is Gyo-ryu style.

So, why haven't you gained
employment with the Imagawa?

I made no promise to recommend
you to the Imagawa.

Shut up! If it weren't for me
you would've been killed by Nobutora!

Why did you go to greet
Nobutora? To receive this?

And you call yourself a samurai?

What's this?
Are you copying the sutras?

Don't you know? This is the
basis to the strategies.

Go ahead and make your money
by deceiving the people.

Dish out another.

I'll wait on exposing you.

Why do you insist on serving the Imagawa?

I think you and I don't match the waters of Suruga.

That is why I must market myself
to the key vassal of Takeda tonight.

Wait! Did you just say you're
seeing a key vassal of the Takeda?


Are you interested?

Chief Samurai Itagaki.
I know nothing about him.

Is he coming to Sunpu?

That's right.

If it's Itagaki...
It must be Itagaki Nobukata.

Do you know Itagaki?

A little.

Let me give you some good advice.


Attack Itagaki Nobukata.

Attack him?

Attack him... and I will step in
to save him in the nick of time.

You fool!

That will strengthen the tie
between Itagaki and me.

I want to gain employment with the Takeda clan.

When I gain employment, I will recommend you.

You cheat!

"All warfare is based on deception."



Master, what is it?

Heizo... Takeda Nobutora is gone.

Takeda Harunobu rose against him and banished him.

Father, is that true?

Yes, it is.

Heizo... doesn't that refresh your mind?

The woman that you cherished
can rest in peace now...

What's wrong, Heizo? Rejoice!
It's okay to rejoice!

Heizo? Heizo!

Did that take the spirit out of you?

Nobutora's banishment is recorded in history

as a joyful event to the people.


My brother banished my father?

That is how he succeeded as lord.

Is my father safe in Suruga?

It appears so.

He must've had a secret pact
with Imagawa Yoshimoto.

That's just like Harunobu.

To banish his father?

He had no choice, or he would
have been banished.

The vassals who feared that,
must have followed Harunobu.

He didn't use force, but sincerity,
to succeed Kai Province.


I have something to thank Harunobu for.

What is it?

Nobutora wanted my daughter Yu, as a hostage.

Princess Yu?

To strengthen the bond with Kai...

I will be inviting Harunobu to Suwa
in the very near future.

That day, Itagaki was on his way
back to his lodging,

after seeing Nobutora's concubine to Sunpu.


Who are you?

I'm Aoki Daizen. I gather you are Saeki Mondo.

You've got the wrong man.

Don't lie!

I've come to take your life!


This is a terrible inconvenience!

I am with the Takeda of Kai...


I, Yamamoto Kansuke, shall assist!

That should be enough.

Why did you kill his vassals?

If I didn't show up, you would've
been killed by Itagaki.

Then I wouldn't be able to kill you.

So you've finally shown your true colors.

Yamamato Kansuke!

So you planned to deceive me
and play up to Itagaki.

Then I'll play along with it.

I'll realize your deceit and kill you.

I'll offer your head
as an apology to Itagaki.

What do you think of that storyline?

You're not good at plotting.

There's no one in this world that
would sincerely believe you.

Can you beat me with that one eye?

You, cheat!

"All warfare is based on deception."

What happened to that man?

I killed him.

Why are you here?

I was waiting for you.

I want to gain employment with the Takeda of Kai.

I am here to obtain your recommendation.

Is that why you schemed this?

Did you want to get my
recommendation that badly?

You've taken me lightly, haven't you?

Kansuke... you've dug your own grave.

I dug my grave a long time ago.

My current life was given to me by
Lord Harunobu at Unnokuchi Castle.

Therefore, I would like to use it for him.

If that is not possible, then I am
as good as dead anyway.

True... the lord had given you life.

In that case...

I'll receive your life from him.

Wait in front of the River Styx for me.

A few days later, Itagaki returned to Kofu.

Yamamato Kansuke plotted that?


Is he sincere about serving me?

That, he is.

Your father Nobutora, who is
the target of his grudge,

is not here now.

So his feelings were fully
relayed to you as well.


You saw sincerity in his intent.


Kansuke figured you wouldn't help him,
even if he came out and apologized.

But he thought he couldn't gain employment

without your recommendation.


That is why he angered you...

At the risk of his life.

He figured you wouldn't be able to kill him

because I had spared his life in my first battle.

Which means, you would have to come
back to me for a decision on his life.

As a result, relaying
his feelings to me.

What do you think of it, Itagaki?

It's a brilliant plot, taking advantage
of your very loyal nature.

Komai, what do you think?

I think you are giving him too much credit.

Do you take Yamamoto Kansuke lightly, too?


His strategies at Unnokuchi Castle...

His brilliant defense against the
previous lord for a month...

Though an enemy, I was impressed.

Then he pretends to make
a stupid plot as this.

The Imagawa in Suruga
probably didn't employ him

because they couldn't figure
out his true motives.

Itagaki, are you going to tell me
to fear such a ronin?

I would sure love to tame him.

What are you standing there for?

Come in.


Did you come to kill me?

Or to buy me?

100 kan?!

Were you really offered
a position for 100 kan?


Why? Why would the Takeda of Kai want you?

I don't know.

You don't know?

I know.

Is it Itagaki?
Does he owe you one?

I doubt it is his will.

Then I don't know...

Are you going to serve them,
without knowing why?

Yes, I am.

Did you wish to serve the Takeda,
and not the Imagawa?

You said you had a grudge against the Takeda.

At this point...
I feel like this is my destiny...

I don't understand it.

I've asked you both for a lot of
retaining fees until now.

I can't thank you enough for
the numerous considerations.

I just don't understand why they
would offer 100 kan on the spot.

Maybe you should wait for Lord
Harunobu's sealed letter first.

That's not necessary.

If I do that, I won't be able to
get more than 100 kan.

Besides, even if they go against
their word and punish me...

I wouldn't regret it.


Your mother was my niece.

She died, worrying about your future.

You are not young anymore.

But Kansuke, it is not too late...

The path to employment
has finally opened up...

Discard all chains...

And do your utmost best as Yamamoto Kansuke.

Thank you for your kind words.

I'll just play ignorant with my lord,
as to your whereabouts

Kansuke... don't waste your life now.

You, too...

I pray for your continued success.

I, Yamamoto Kansuke, will be heading to Kai now!

On the second day, after leaving Sunpu...

Kansuke and Denbei spent their last
night of the trip in Shimobe.


What is it?

How can you sing so nonchalantly?

It's a nice song.

What is that song?

Heizo used to sing this song
while working in the fields.

I had forgotten about him.

I wonder how he's doing.

I hope he's alive.

How is Takichi doing?
Is he alive?

I'm more worried about you.

I wonder what kind of position you are getting.

I don't know.

Sir Itagaki ordered me to bring you.

He said you'd jump at the offer
of a 100 kan stipend.

And I did.

Did the lord really approve such
an exorbitantly high stipend?

I won't know until I get there.

Who knows what's awaiting you there.

Kansuke was greeted by Itagaki,
when he entered Kofu.

How many times have you come to Kai?



Since you've shamelessly come to Kai again...

You must be sure to repay the lord.

Stay at that ji-samurai's house today.

I've made the arrangements already.

Tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., come to the
mansion at Tsutsujigasaki.

I brought you dinner.

Thank you.

This lad is the future Kosaka Danjo.

There's saké, too!

What heartwarming hospitality.

Are you scared of me?


You have quite a handsome face.

Are you that strong?


My father told me that the lord
hired you from outside.

You must be very strong.

My fencing ability isn't that great.

But I'm able to kill people.

My fencing improves with
each person that I kill.

Did that scare you?


What is your name?


I see.

Can I ask you something?

What is this package?

Haven't you been told?

It's for you, from the lord.

From the lord... to me?


Does he want me to wear this
for tomorrow's meeting?



Gengoro, was it?


This is what it means to win a person over.

A sword can't cut through a person's heart.

I am Yamamoto Kansuke.

Come closer.


Face me.

How old are you?


Forty-two, huh?

Were you a ronin until that age?

I shall serve you with my life.

That's a fine resolve.

You must be unsatisfied with a 100 kan stipend.

I shall give you 200 kan.

You will be the chief of 25 foot soldiers.

You may call yourself Yamamoto
Kansuke Haruyuki from today.

Please wait on that.

If I may humbly speak up...

The character "haru" in your name
is from Shogun Ashikaga Yoshiharu.

You can't be readily giving it out to your vassals.

It's all right.

He's a vassal that I am employing,
under your recommendation.

That should make him happy.

Kansuke! What are you doing?
Express your appreciation.

I am very honored.

If there's anything you wish to say, say it.

What is the matter?

Didn't I tell you to speak up,
when you can't see my sincerity?

In that case, Brother...

Why did you call him from Suruga?

He is knowledgeable of the various
provinces' geography...

He's good at winning battles,
taking castles, and strategizing...

Didn't you use the Gyo-ryu style of fencing?

Oh, really? There's no one in the
clan that uses that style of fencing.

That means he's not weak.

But if he knows how to win
battles and take castles...

I want to know how many castles he's taken.

Kansuke, answer him.



How many battles have you won?


The only one who knows my methods is the lord.

That's fine, if you are a woman.

I heard Imagawa shunned you
because of that face you have.

Kansuke don't keep them
in suspense. Divulge one of them.

The key to winning the battle...
is to not engage in fighting.

If you don't fight, you don't lose as much.

What a fraud he turns out to be.

He probably wants to call it
strategizing, but...

He can be seen as a fraud that
claims to know military tactics.

What do the others have to say?

If I may humbly speak up...

Wouldn't it be more proper
to use him for a year or two

and see how he does?

Or are you going to employ him
under some special arrangements?

On my first battle five years ago...

Kansuke played a big part
in my taking Unnokuchi Castle.

Isn't that right, Itagaki?


I met with Kansuke in the castle,

and after giving him my promise
of employment, I sent him to Suruga.

That is why he delivered
my father safely to Sunpu.

Kansuke, thank you for your hard work.

You may excuse yourself now.

Are you Sir Yamamoto? You are
summoned to the castle.

Yamamoto Kansuke, will you show me
your fencing abilities?

This is a complete inconvenience.

I thought I was being summoned by the lord.

Excuse me.

Our clansmen only know the
Shinto-ryu Style of fencing.

They want to see the Gyo-ryu Style of Fencing.

Will you have a match with them?

What are you doing?
Let me go!

This is an inconvenience!

Please show us your abilities.

Sir Amari, this is an inconvenience!

You're being unreasonable!

What's wrong? Is that it?

I have no such interest in such a match!

If you want to test my skills, then
let's fight with real swords!

Kansuke, refrain!

Let Kansuke have his wish.


Lord! Please allow me to fight him.

"Demon" Mino...

That sounds good.

I shall be fighting you.

Draw your sword.

Episode 12:
The End


Because the soldiers are humans!

Stay back.

I can't help but think that
he's bringing you misfortune!

Don't be ridiculous!

The Takeda needn't be feared now.

So he'll be sending a punitive army
against the Takeda?

If Kansuke should ever kill anyone...
I'll leave his punishment to you.

Very well.


Minobu-cho in Yamanashi prefecture.

This is where Kansuke said to be stopped on his
way to seek employment under Takeda clan.

(Kuon Temple)

Kuon temple which was protected by Harunobu.

As a head temple of Nichiren sect.

many priests still study here.

Yunooku-kinzan located northeast of Kuon temple,

Koshu-kin (as seen) made here

was dug by professional mining
group called Kanayama-shu

it was a great financial resource for Takeda army.

Shimobe hot spring which was visited
by many generals such as Harunobu

It’s known for low temperature spring,
about 30 degrees centigrade.

In the war time, it was known
to work well on the sword wounds

since then it has been popular.

Minobu-cho was a source
of vitality for Takeda army.