The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 15 - Suwa seme - full transcript

The Suwa dispatched troops?
Without telling us first?

They beat us to it.

The Suwa's sudden march

made the Takeda lose
their foothold in Shinano.

We won against the Takeda.

Do not take my brother lightly.

If they don't fight the Suwa
they will lose Shinano.

But, if the Takeda and Suwa fight,
then Nene, who married into

the Suwa family as a hostage,
will be in danger.

Don't be weak-kneed!

I didn't say that I wasn't
going to engage in battle.

I didn't know that you had
that cruel side in you.

We will not engage in battle.

We will strategize to split
the Suwa clan into two.

Kansuke strategized to have Takato,
a branch family of Suwa, revolt,

so that the Takeda and Suwa may
negotiate peace with each other.

A battle that is harder to win
than just fighting it out

was about to begin.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 15:

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

Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture


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

TAKATO Renpoken: KIZU Masayuki
ARIGA Kiyomasa: KYO Ichiro
SUWA Yoritaka: ONO Kensho

KATO Seishiro
IKEDA Michie
KANAYASU Yoshiyuki

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


Photographed in Cooperation with:
Aizuwakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture
Inawashiro Town in Fukushima Prefecture
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

SUWA Yorishige:

ASADA Miyoko

TAKATO Yoritsugu:


SUWA Mitsuchika:

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

Lady OI:

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

Executive Producer:

Art Direction by: SHIMIZU Kensuke
Technology: TANAKA Mitsuru
Sound Effects: IMAI Hiroshi
Continuity: SATO Hideki
Editor: ABE Tadashi

Photography by: SASAKI Tatsunosuke
Lighting by: HORIKAGO Isamu
Audio: WASHIZU Nobuatsu
Image Art: KANEZAWA Masato
Art Direction Manager: SUGIHARA Hiroki

Directed by:

APRIL, 1542


Is it born?


Which is it?
Is it a boy or a girl?

You have a fine heir.

On April 4th, 1542, the Year of the Tiger...

the Suwa heir, Toraomaru, was born.


Kansuke! I received news from Suwa...

Nene gave birth.

It was a boy.

Are you happy?

Yes. Congratulations.

That heir will bring the Takeda
and Suwa clans together.


Do you still think we should invade Suwa?

That opportunity has reached its peak.

If Suwa Yorishige should
submit and kill himself...

We'll install his heir as Lord of Suwa.

If you act as the child's backup...

Then the grudge of the Suwa
vassals will disappear

and you can control Suwa.

Are you going to pressure
Yorishige into suicide?

Lord Suwa took you lightly,
ignored the peace treaty,

and invaded Saku in Shinano.

If you let him live after the submission,

he'll come after your head without fail.

I just prepared a letter congratulating him.

Kansuke, you look like a demon now.

I'm not troubled...

It's how you look.

How I look?


How is Kyoraishi doing?

He's staying with Suwa vassal,
Yazaki Jugoro, as a house guest.

When Suwa Yorishige rises...

He should be able to infiltrate their camp.


Sir Kyoraishi, you are quite skilled.

I stand no chance against you, Sir Yazaki.

I can easily recommend you to
the lord in times of battle.

I am most happy to hear that.

It was my dream to serve the Suwa.

Hey! Heizo!

He must be in the stable.
Let me go and get him.

Father always disliked
the west side group...

So I don't understand
why he wants me to marry

into the Aruga family.

Be it east or west, they are
still vassals of the Suwa.

The west side has always had
movements against the lord.

Heizo, are you happy for me?


Even if it's a marriage
that I do not wish for?

It's for the sake of the Yazaki family.

Don't you care about how I feel?

I'm saying it for your sake!

The Aruga family is very distinguished.

I understand fully well.

I should've known you
couldn't kill Takeda Nobutora.

You tend to give up easily.

You're a coward.

Miss Hisa...

Hey, Heizo!
Are you in there?


JUNE, 1542

I received a message from
Takato Yoritsugu in Ina.

The Takato force will act as
van for the invasion on Suwa.

Let us prepare for battle, too.

Under the order of the lord...

You shall become the Mukade (centipede) group.

Mukade are messengers
of the war god, Bishamonten.

They always proceed ahead and never recede...

Under the protection of the war
god, run about the battlefields.


Let us depart for battle!

On June 24, 1542, Takeda Harunobu
departs to his first battle as lord.

Why does he go to invade Suwa?

Harunobu, like you, wishes for peace.

But it's part of being a daimyo
lord to engage in battles.

By winning in battles,
the province will expand.

That sounds like...

His father, whom he banished?

That's something that
Harunobu cannot avoid, too.

If word should get out that
the lord dislikes battles,

the other provinces will take
him lightly and invade Kai.

None of the vassals will
follow a lord like that.

If you want to unify a province,
the people in the province

must come as one and invade other provinces.

We live in such a sad, warring era.

Taro, you are just like your
father when he was a child.

He used to often play with
his wooden horse, too.

You remind me very much of him.


Reporting! The Takeda army is headed for Suwa!

What are you saying?

They are in concert with
the Takato force in Ina.

Sir Yazaki!

The Takeda army is headed for Suwa!

They were in secret communication
with the Takato in Ina.

What you were saying came true!

The Takato and Takeda are going
to launch a pincer attack on us!

That isn't all.

The Nishikata (west) group has
switched over to the Takato side.


They've confined themselves in Aruga Castle.

Therefore, they won't be
fighting for the Suwa army.

What about Miss Hisa?

She married into the Aruga family.
So she must be there.

Depending on how you look at it,
it might've been for the best.

At least her life will be safe.

Sir Kyoraishi...

You make it sound as if we
are going to lose already.

Even if that happens, I will fight
the Takeda until the very end.

On June 29th, the Takeda army
arrived at Mt. Misa,

near Suwa's Uehara Castle.

However, Takato Yoritsugu,

who promised to act as the
van, prepared for battle,

but did not leave his castle.

Kansuke, why haven't the Takato
force made their move yet?

I don't know.

But it shouldn't be long before they do.

If your strategizing fails,
we'll be in great danger.

Yes, I know.

If the Takato don't make their march,

the Suwa will see us as their only foe.

And they will fight desperately.

Even if they should lose, they will not submit...

Everyone will probably kill themselves.

Including Lady Nene and her baby.

That must never happen.

We must avoid battle with the Suwa, at all costs.

We must consider the lord's feelings,

and come through successfully.

Princess Yu...

Lady Nene... your brother has betrayed Suwa.

If my father should ever die in battle...

We will have to kill ourselves in this castle.

We must not be captured by the Takeda...

Yes, I know.

But I can't think of my brother as an enemy...

What are you saying?
Don't be so good-natured.

Princess, it won't do you
any good to blame Lady Nene.

I know. Didn't my father
take the Takeda lightly?

But I am a Suwa woman.

I will fight the Takeda until the very end.

So will I... and Toraomaru...

Reporting! The Suwa army has left Uehara Castle!

They are headed here to Mt. Misa!

What is their number?

They number one thousand.

A thousand?
Is that all they have?

So the Nishikata (west) group betrayed them.

Yet they're going to battle our army of 5,000?

Yamamoto Kansuke!

Lord... please forgive me!

I didn't expect Takato to be this cautious.

What do you mean?

He's suspicious of the bond
between the Takeda and Suwa.

Until he sees the Takeda and
Suwa engage in battle...

He probably won't send his army out.

He's watching to see if we will
really battle it out?

That'll mean they broke
their promise to act as van!

Brother, let us invade Suwa
at once, just on our own.

At this point it won't be wise to
wait around for the Takato force.

If the Takato don't rise, we can't
save Lady Nene and her baby.

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

Stop babbling! There was
a flaw in your strategy!

Kansuke, how will you assume
responsibility for this?

I am ready to slit my belly in apology anytime!

But what's most important now,
is to get the Takato to rise.

What we should be
concentrating on now is...

how we can avoid battle with the Suwa.

Kansuke... what should we do?

We must get the Suwa army to withdraw.

Let's spread out the flags, increase
the torches, to make us appear bigger

in number, so that they'll conclude
they stand no chance against us.

Then they will be forced
to hole up in the castle.

Will they hole up in Uehara Castle?

They'll probably hole up
in the stronger Kuwabara Castle.

With such a small number of
soldiers, the men in Uehara Castle

will probably move into Kuwabara Castle.

They won't surrender the castle
so easily at this time.

They will set fire to their own Uehara Castle?

That is correct.

If the Takato see it on fire, they will rush out.

Shall we make our move tonight?

Lord, my force will act as van.

We can rely on the Oyamada force.

Amari! Obu!

Join them in their advance
against the Suwa down Mt. Misa.

If the Suwa see Amari's force,
they will be forced to withdraw.

I'm counting on you, Amari.

At dawn on July 2...

The Takeda army set themselves up at
Inui riding grounds, which was even

closer to Uehara Castle, and was
ready to open battle fire.

It's the Oyamada force...

That is Obu's force...

Amari's force, which is the best
of the Takeda, is here, too...

That's Demon Mino, the chief foot soldier!

We stand no chance against them...

I guess this is the end of Suwa.

What are you saying?


This is it...

It's just the start!

This is the end...

It's the start!


Lord, the enemy has an army
of 20,000 and is close-by...

We have no choice but to hole up in the castle.

Let's abandon Uehara Castle and
hole up in Kuwabara Castle.

If we ask Lords Uesugi or
Ogasawara for reinforcements...

No! I refuse to withdraw!

The Uesugi or Ogasawara won't send aid to Suwa.

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

Do you want the Suwa family line to end?

If we die, Young Lord Toraomaru
and the princess will die, too.


At 10:00 PM that day, Uehara Castle
was set on fire and abandoned.

They set their own castle on fire,
to avoid giving it to the enemy.

The Suwa army retreated to their
other castle, Kuwabara Castle.

When Takato Yoritsugu saw the
burning Uehara Castle,

he rushed out to the battle scene.

They crossed Tsuetsuki Pass and
entered the Suwa territory.

They fought fiercely against the Suwa army.

Everything went as Kansuke planned.

So the Takeda took Uehara Castle!

Damn Takeda!

They took the castle without
a battle! How convenient!

They beat you to the march.

Renpogen! I waited because you told me to wait!

Brother, you were in agreement with my advice.

You fool!

At this point, we must get as
much land in Suwa as possible.

We must take Suwa!

Reporting! Chino Nanmeian has
died at Karasawa, Okuma-go!

Damn Takato Yoritsugu!

So he was the one who schemed it.

The Takato joined hands with
the Takeda, and asked for aid.

That must be what happened.

I wonder if Miss Hisa is safe.

Yes, she is. The Nishikata (west)
group's fief is safe from this...

Since they sided with the enemy.

Hisa was holed up in Aruga Castle
at that time, where she married into.

Hisa, your father is at
Kuwabara Castle, after all.

I should've encouraged your
father to switch over, too.

If he knew about it, he wouldn't
have allowed me to marry you.

It's over for Lord Suwa Yorishige.

Your father won't stay alive either.

They're caught between the Takato and Takeda.

There's a Takeda spy in Kuwabara Castle.


He's the one who persuaded the
Nishikata group to switch over

and got the Takato to rise in battle.

Sir Yazaki, if I am to stake my life on it...

I would like to do it in Suwa.

Hisa, where are you going?

I must notify my father!

Don't be ridiculous!



Suwa Yorishige's hatred is
directed at the Takato now.

Tell them Kansuke's strategy worked.

Lord Suwa is feeling very cornered.

He might decide to take his life at any time.

I'll relay the message.





Why are you with Densuke?

You should escape while you can.

My job ends here.

I followed you.

I was a fool...

At 6:00 pm on July 3rd...

The Suwa vassals started
escaping one after another.

Only a measly 20 men were
left in Kuwabara Castle.


The future of Suwa rests in the hands of God...

Prepare yourselves for the worst.

If I should be killed...

Toraomaru's life will be in danger, too.

He's a child to be pitied...

However, Nene, even if I am killed by the Takeda...

I do not regret marrying you...

Please take care of Toraomaru.

I'm sallying out of the castle tomorrow.

The following morning....

I am Itagaki Suruga-no-kami,
a vassal to the Takeda family!

I am here with an urgent message from my lord!

Please allow me to see Lord Suwa!

Also here with him is Yamamoto Kansuke!

Sir Itagaki...

The last time I saw you was when I
made peace with Lord Nobutora.

What brings you here?

My lord wishes to make peace with you.

Peace, you say?

Why did Takeda Harunobu betray Suwa?

He hasn't betrayed you.


If anything, he was afraid of your betrayal.

My betrayal?

Are you referring to the peace
I made with the Uesugi?

That's part of it.

If I say humbly speak up...

My lord became Lord of Kai,
by banishing his father.

I know that!

He's criticized by the other lords
as a villainous and cruel heir.

Rumors have it that you might
attack Kai for that reason.

What? Who said such a thing?

Was it Takato?

Takato was asked to attack Kai.

Are you saying that I asked Takato?

That's a lie!
Takato is lying!

My lord is suspicious of it now.

That is why he's proposing peace.

Sir Itagaki, is that the truth?

Yes, it is.

Is that true, Sir Itagaki?

Lady Nene...

Did my brother invade Suwa,
because of such suspicions?


So he doesn't hold a grudge against Suwa...

That's right.

I'm glad to hear that, Nene.

Harunobu had no intent of
fighting Suwa, after all.


Takato is the evil one.

He entrapped the Suwa family,
and played up to the Takeda.

If I make peace with you, will you
rise against Takato with me?

Now, now, it's not that easy.

The Takeda army is in possession
of Uehara Castle now.

As a formality, we must have you surrender.

What do you plan to do with the Suwa family,

after you make me submit?

We'll have Toraomaru succeed you down the road.


That's right. And our lord will be
his guardian until he grows up.

This is the only path for the Suwa family...


I won't be fooled.

I almost forgot...

This was in your control...

The Takeda sent a spy into Suwa!

Isn't he your comrade?

He persuaded the Nishikata (west)
group to switch over!

I said I didn't do that!

We've investigated on it!

Kansuke, did you trick me?

Yes, he was a spy sent by the Takeda.

But he's not anymore.

He's not?

While he was in Suwa,
he switched over to the Takato.

Are you saying that he
became a spy for the Takato?

That is correct.

Therefore, he is not our comrade anymore.

I shall punish him on the spot!



Don't kill him here.

Never mind.

It doesn't matter whose spy he is.

It is still my carelessness
that caused all of this.

All right. I'll meet with Harunobu.




Father, how far are you going
to trust the Takeda family?

If you do that, you will be killed.

That's not true.

At the very least, Nene and
Toraomaru will be safe.

Father, the Takeda conspired it!

It is the Takeda family's conspiracy!


I won't be fooled.

The Takeda family's intent shows on his face...

What an ugly demon...

Episode 15:
The End


Kansuke is not human...

He would discard his humanly
feelings for his lord.

Are you telling me
to commit hara-kiri?

Are you planning to
kill everyone in there?

But, doesn't it ache
your heart?

That's how battles are.

I'm not afraid to die...

No matter how trying it is...
I want to live!



Takatou-machi of Ina-city in Nagano prefecture.

Three years after the Suwa attack, Takeda Harunobu
took over this land from Takatou-clan.

(Takatou Castle)

As a key location for advancement
to Suruga and Toutoumi,

Harunobu have ordered Yamamoto Kansuke
for major renovation of the castle.

You can only imagine the size of this castle
grounds from many layers of dried moat

and large enclosure field with Kansuke's name.

Kenpuku-Ji is located west of the castle.
It is a family temple for Princess Yuu.

Child of Harunobu and Princess Yuu,

Takeda Katsuyori, later became
a castle lord of Takatou castle,

moved mother's remains to this temple
and conducted great memorial service.

{\an8}(Grave of Suwa Goryounin (Princess Yuu))

(Suwa Goryounin's mortuary tablet)

Takatou... where Kansuke
and Princess Yuu's fate crossed...

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