The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 14 - Sonshi no hata - full transcript

In 1541, Uesugi Norimasa
suddenly advances to Saku, Shinano.

To Sanada Yukitaka, who was defeated
by the Takeda, and had fled to Joshu,

it was a perfect opportunity
to regain his fief in Shinano.

The mountain has moved...

Lord Uesugi has finally decided to rise.

It sure took him a long time to move.

We're going to invade Shinano.

I'm going to get Saku back from the Takeda.

The time has finally come!

We can return to our home in Sanada.

Despite his pact with the Takeda,
Suwa Yorishige in Shinano

took Harunobu, the new lord lightly,
and came out with a bold action.

It was obviously a violation of the pact.


The Suwa army has crossed Wada
Pass, to fight a battle in Saku.


The Suwa have gone to battle?
Without informing us first?

Komai, are you sure of that?

Yes, they left Suwa last night.

They beat us to it.
The Suwa stole a march on us!

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 14:

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

Imperial Palace Dialect Coach: HORII Reiichi
Kyoto Dialect Coach: INOUE Yukiko
Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko
Japanese Painting Coach: KAWASE Yoshihito


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:


OBU Toramasa:

OYAMADA Nobuari:
TANABE Seiichi


HARA Toratane:

TAKEDA Nobushige: KASHIMA Noritoshi

KASUGA Gengoro: TANAKA Kotaro
IITOMI Genshiro: MAEKAWA Yasuyuki

SATO Ryuta




Princess Yu:

SUWA Mitsutaka: MAKIMURA Senzaburo

Kawayoke Boss: TSURU Tadahiro
TAKATO Renpoken: KIZU Masayuki
SUWA Yoritaka: ONO Kensho



Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture

Aizuwakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

SUWA Yorishige:

SANADA Yukitaka:
SASAKI Kuranosuke

TAKATO Yoritsugu:

SUWA Mitsuchika:

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

Lady OI:

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

Executive Producer:

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

Photography by: TAME Akihiro
Lighting by: IUCHI Minoru
Audio: FUJII Yoshiyasu
Image Art: YOSHIDA Kenji
Art Direction Manager: MATSUTANI Takafumi

Directed by:

In response to Suwa's action,
Uesugi made peace without a fight.

Suwa Yorishige gained Saku,
by beating Takeda to the march.

Thank you all for your hard work!

This is a victory battle.

We didn't defeat the Uesugi, but the Takeda.

As unhappy as the Takeda may be,
their road into Shinano is blocked.

Congratulations on your victory.

Peace? They negotiated peace with the enemy?

That's right. Lord Uesugi advanced
his army to Ashita-go, but when he saw

the Suwa army encamped at Nagakubo,
he suddenly leaned towards peace.

What about the Takeda army?

They never showed up.

So the present Takeda are as weak as they say.

Our hope to restore the family
name is dead at the moment.


The Uesugi and Suwa have joined
hands to shut out Takeda from Saku.

If we overlook the peace between
the Suwa and Uesugi, the ji-samurai

in Saku who follow the Takeda, will
switch over to Suwa one after another.

If we invade Saku, it will turn
into a long battle.

If I do that, I'll be making the
same mistake as my father.

If we lose Saku, we'll lose
our foothold into Shinano.

Kai will once again be thrown into poverty.

If we fear the Suwa, we won't
be able to do anything...

It is Suwa that betrayed the Takeda!

Don't be weak-kneed!

I didn't say I wasn't going to battle...

Time is of the essence!

If I may humbly speak up...


Why don't you wait for an
opportunity to invade Suwa?

Don't be ridiculous!

If that was possible,
we wouldn't have trouble!

Why is it not possible?


If we lose Saku now, we'll lose
our chance to win against Suwa.

If we don't have a chance to win,
then we'll make one.

Shut up! Refrain!

Kansuke! Tell me your thoughts!


There's no harm in just listening.

Tell me.

Let's strategize to split the Suwa into two.

Then we'll join hands with the
faction that opposes Yorishige,

and invade Suwa as their aid.

Takato Yoritsugu?

Takato is a branch family of the
Suwa, and is distinguished.

I'm sure he's aiming to
become the head family

and Ohori (Head Priest)
of the Suwa family.

Brother, Nene has married
into the Suwa, as a hostage.

That's right.

We will not engage in battle.

We will go to Takato's aid, and
will make peace with Yorishige,

who will want Takato punished.

I get what you mean...

If we make him submit in peace,
your sister's life will be safe.

The best method of battle
is to win without a fight.


What a magnificent Buddha image...

Mother, this is your face...

What a great compliment.

How I wish to have a face like that...


What is the matter?

Why do you show such a mean
face to a nun as me?

Magoroku, are you drawing
pictures again?

What is the matter, Nobushige?

Mother, has Brother told you why
he's employed Yamamoto Kansuke?

Yamamoto Kansuke?
The one-eyed samurai?

We couldn't get anywhere with
Itagaki, who recommended him.

My Lady, I do not know what
the lord is thinking.

He treats Yamamoto Kansuke
like a battle strategist.

Even if we were in battle and he
should devise great strategies...

The clansmen will have doubts.

I'm sure Harunobu is not perfect
in a lot of aspects.

After all, he is still young.

He must have reservations with
the hereditary vassals, too.

It may be that he wants someone to talk to.

Then for what purpose have we
banished the previous lord

to install Sir Harunobu as lord?

Brother is following Kansuke's
advice to invade Suwa.

Suwa... where Nene is?

He's at a secret hot spring
in Yumura with him now.

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If I may humbly speak up...

The lord isn't merely following
Yamamoto Kansuke's advice.

Are you saying the lord was already
thinking about invading Suwa?


It's just that, when he
thought about Lady Nene...

What if Kansuke advised that,
knowing how the lord felt?

I think that's what happened, too.

He's the only one who saw through
the lord's true feelings.

The lord is weak-kneed
about engaging in battles.

In any event, as Kansuke says,
if the lord can capture Suwa,

then he would surpass his father.

Kansuke, you stated in the past
that you don't rely on books.

Have you read a little after that?

Have you read Sonshi's book?

Yes. I wanted to learn a little
on how you thought.

What did you like about it?

What part did you like?

The eyes.

The insight to see through anything.

Stupid! I'm not talking about me.
I'm talking about "Sonshi".

Stop saying such creepy things.

I was referring to his eyes.

Don't try to make excuses.
Have you seen his eyes before?


Tell me what you've learned by heart.

In that case...

What is it?

"All warfare is based on deception."

Never mind that. I can see that
by just looking at you.

Anything else?

In that case...

What is it?

To be swift as the wind,
silent as the forest,

conquer like the fire, and
unmovable as the mountain.

Unknown like the shadow...
Move like the lightning.

He who knows his surroundings will win.

That is the law of battle.

Those are the eyes of "Sonshi".


Nene, well done!
So you're pregnant!

Yes. I'm expecting next spring.

Well done. It'll be even
better if it is a boy.

You have brought good fortune to Suwa.

It is the will of God.

I would like to notify my brother
of it immediately.

I will inform him for you.

Didn't you see my brother
when you went to battle in Saku?


There may be some Takeda vassals
who resent the Suwa.

The Takeda have no foothold
in Saku, Shinano, anymore.

Did you betray my brother?

Lord, do not take my brother lightly.

Don't worry. I won't do
anything to harm him.

Just take care of your own health.

That winter under the
order of Harunobu,

Kansuke and Kyoraishi Kagemasa
headed to see Takato in Ina.

They went to persuade Takato Yoritsugu,

who opposed Suwa Yorishige, into
sending troops out against Suwa.

Now, what do we do?

Why are you having second
thoughts at this point?

How do I bring it up?

If you say the Takeda will send aid,
Takato Yoritsugu will surely rise.

It won't go that smoothly.

Say we tell him to invade
because we will send aid.

He will think we have an ulterior motive.

Ulterior motive?

We can't erase the fact that our lord
and Yorishige are brothers-in-law.

I get what you mean.

He might think that the Takeda and
Suwa are plotting to eliminate him

by making him raise an army.

Shall we split up?

Split up?

Are you the messengers from Takeda?

We are honored to meet you.

Face me.

I can't possibly imagine...

what kind of business the
Takeda have with me.

If I may humbly speak up...

We have a new lord in the
Takeda family in Kai.

I've heard about it.

A quite convenient appointment, too.

To add to the convenience,
we would like to take Suwa.

What did you just say?

We will engage in battle against the Suwa.


Settle down!

So Harunobu has made up his mind?

And what do you want from me?

As soon as we invade,

we want you to send aid and
cut their line of retreat.

That's not it!

Please pardon him. Our lord
wants you to act as the van.

Then the Takeda will send aid
and force Lord Suwa to submit.

And, after he submits?

You will become the head of Suwa
and the castellan of the castle.

Castellan? You want me to become
a part of the Takeda clan?

You will be the head of the Suwa clan.

Lord Takato won't be happy with that.

We will rise against the Suwa.

Lord Takato, if you will set up
camp at Tsuetsuki Pass,

my lord will be content.

Sir Yamamoto!
This is the lord's order!

Refrain your thoughts!


Stop it!

Who should I trust, anyway?

Are you telling me to send aid?

Or are you going to send aid to us?

Make yourselves clear!

Stop acting unsightly, Takeda samurai!

Takato must be thinking that the
young lord of Takeda can't even get

his vassals together and is a fool,
therefore easy to deal with.

And he wouldn't want to lose
Suwa to a fool like that.

Kansuke, I'm going to head to Suwa from now.

And I'll scout Suwa.

The lord wants me to act as a spy.


There may be some Suwa vassals
that may side with us.

He wants me to find them and be
in secret contact with them.

The more we can reduce their power,
the faster they will submit.

The lord wants to avoid battle
against the Suwa.

Kai, at that time, was suffering
from the repeated river floods.

Harunobu, who made a thorough
tour of the lands,

gathered the Kawayoke group
members for levee construction.

Is this where it floods the most?

That is correct.

It joins with the tributary river,
Midai-gawa River.

When it floods, it rages.

Like a wild dragon.

Do you have any good ideas
for construction?

The problem is with the tributary
river, the Midai-gawa,

and not the mainstream river,
Kamanashi-gawa River.

We don't know how to stop that flow.

Lord! There is something I'd like
to bring to your attention!

What is it? Who are you?

It's all right.

What is your name?

Kasuga Gengoro.

He's the son of Kasuga Osumi,
a ji-samurai in the Isawa area.

Gengoro... go ahead.

The shape of the soldiers
will copy the water.

The water controls the flow,
depending on the land...

The soldiers control victory,
depending on the enemy...

So if the soldiers have no force,
the water has no shape.

They change with each enemy,
to acquire victory.

Therefore, we should follow that.

That's the teaching of "Sonshi".
Who did you learn that from?

Sir Yamamoto Kansuke.


He was staying at his house for a while.

Is that so?


He's quite brave and intelligent.

True... that's what we should do.

Just change the flow of Midai-gawa.

As if to wipe away his anxieties for battle,

Harunobu aggressively started
building his province.


It's freezing!

If it's this cold,

we may be able to see the
"Omiwatari" of Lake Suwa.

"Omiwatari" (God's Crossing)?

When the water in Lake Suwa
freezes, it creates a path.

The Suwa people look at that
path to predict their fortune.





You're alive!

I'm so glad!

So you're alive, too!
How persistent!

Shut up!

What are you doing here?

I'm a ronin.

Still a ronin?

What are you doing?

I serve Suwa vassal, Yazaki Jugoro.

She's his daughter.


Bow down to her!

Kansuke, did you hear?
Takeda Nobutora was banished!

Yes, I heard.
I just came from Kai.

I see.

This is my traveling companion, Kyoraishi.

Pleased to meet you.

Thank you. I am pleased to meet
Lord Suwa's key vassal, Sir Yazaki.

As you can see, I have a humble abode.

I lost my wife from illness at a
young age and I never remarried.

Because I raised my daughter alone,
she lacks proper female etiquettes.

I live in poverty, too.

This is truly embarrassing
for me to say, but...

The battles that occur every year,
have given me living hardships.

The reason why I'm visiting
Suwa Myojin Shrine is... avoid going to battle,
by being absent.

I am afraid to serve a lord
that banishes his father.

How cowardly can you be...?


She's right about that.
Go ahead and laugh at me.

I can understand your feelings.

Sir Yazaki...

If I am going to stake my life...

I want to do it here, in Suwa.

Won't you please recommend me for employment?


You're blessed with a good master, Heizo.

Even if there's a poor crop...
Suwa is a fertile land.

It'll be abundant again.

It's nothing like Kai.

By the way, Kansuke...

Are you still single?

Have you forgotten about Mitsu?

Those days in Kai...

...have been cleared from my mind,
along with Nobutora.

Isn't it the same with you?

That maiden seems to be in love with you.

Cut it out!

Miss Hisa will be getting
married in the spring.

Father, must I get married?

What are you saying, again?

I'm worried to leave you here alone.

You needn't worry about that.

The Aruga family heir
wants you as his bride.

We couldn't ask for more.

If I don't get a bridegroom,
the Yazaki name will expire.

That's fine with me,

if you can marry into
a good family and be happy.

Besides, if you bear a lot of boys,
I can adopt one as my heir.

What are you unhappy about?

You must forget about Heizo.

No... I refuse to...
I want to marry Heizo!

No! Heizo is a lowly servant!

Don't make me repeat that again.

Are you sure about this, Kansuke?

If the Takato should invade Suwa,
those people may die...

Lord, please refrain from invading Suwa.

What are you saying?

I heard about it from Lady Kita.

Nene is married into the Suwa family.

But it was Suwa that betrayed Kai.

Even if we go to battle with
them, Nene won't be hurt.

You may be able to save her life,
but not her heart.

Nene didn't go to Suwa by choice.

Father sent her there as a hostage.

I didn't come to Kai by choice either.

But if there should be someone
out to kill you, I will fight him.

I didn't expect such fierceness in you.

I didn't expect such cruelty in you.

Battles aren't cruel.

They are political tools.

You are troubled.

Isn't it Yamamoto Kansuke, who is
trying to clear your mind of it?

First, with Jiro's eyes...
Then, this.

Ever since he came, bad things
have been happening.

Don't ever say that again.

Battles are the fate of this world.

The "Omiwatari" phenomenon
occurred at Lake Suwa.

This visionary scenery that is believed
to be the trace of the guardian

spirit of Suwa crossing over to see
the Goddess, emerged before Kansuke.

It's the princess...
The princess is here, too.



So that's Yoritaka and the Suwa princess...

It appears so.

She is truly beautiful.

Don't get too attracted to her.

Because she will have to die.

There's a bad omen?

The direction of the "Omiwatari"...
and the furious winds...

...unlike other years, indicate...

A bad omen?

Trouble from the east.

That's the oracle from God.

Reporting! Yamamoto Kansuke has returned.

So he's returned...

I, Yamamoto Kansuke, have just returned.


Are you surprised?

I recently hired him as an attendant.

I have another surprise for you.

Kansuke, you came back at the right time.

How was it in Shinano?

Everything went well.

Lord, the arrangements are made.

Kansuke, fill me in on the details
later. Follow me, for now.

How did you get him to employ you?

I owe it to you.
No... to "Sonshi".

Everyone, the lord isn't weak-kneed for battles.

Engrave his thoughts deeply into your hearts.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"

To move like the wind...
be quiet like the forest...

conquer like the fire... and be
unmovable like the mountain.

That is what our army will be like.

This is the new flag of Kai!

Under the flag of "Sun Tzu",

the new battle of the Takeda was starting.

A new flag of Kai...

Episode 14:
The End


I won't be fooled.

What an ugly demon...

Let us depart for battle!

I will attack the Takeda,
with a resolution to die!

Please forgive me!

If we kill Lord Suwa, Lady Nene will
either kill herself or be killed.


How will you assume
responsibility for this?

Did you trick me?

I won't be fooled.

You look like
a demon now.


Enzan in Koushu-city Yamanashi prefecture.

In this town, many of the family treasure
of Takeda-clan still exists.

In Kandaten Temple, you can find the
symbol of successor of the house

national treasure "Tatenashi no yoroi" armor.

No one was allowed to break the
promise made in front of this armor.

Unpou-Ji which was re-built
by Harunobu's father Nobutora.

Symbol of Takeda Army "Fuurin Kazan" which
frightened the enemies\(Flag of Sun Tzu)

Flag of Sun Tzu, which "Fuurin Kazan" was
taken from, is kept in this temple.

Along with "Tatenashi no Yoroi", another
symbol of successor "Flag of rising Sun"

is known to be the oldest
"Flag of Rising Sun" in existence.

Enzan in city of Koshu...

It's a town that pass down the soul
of proud Takeda army to this day.