The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 27 - Saikyô no teki - full transcript

Those who defy the Takeda will
meet with useless deaths...

I'm going to set an example
for the Shinano people!

In 1547, the Takeda army
attacked Shiga Castle in Shinano.

Harunobu's merciless method of force
exposed a demonic side to him.

The Takeda will not fear
any reinforcements you have!

We will kill all those who resist!

There... Murakami's spy is coming.

Heizo was sent in by the
Murakami as a spy.

Our next battle will be with the Murakami...

To battle with force alone...

The young lord may...

Harunobu's ambitions were
heading on a dangerous course.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 27:

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
Horse-Riding Coaches: TANAKA Mitsunori, TSUJII Keiji

Conduct Coach: NISHIKAWA Minosuke
Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko
Transverse Flute Coach: TOSHA Kisho


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:

OBU Toramasa:

OYAMADA Nobuari:
TANABE Seiichi

BABA Nobuharu:

HARA Toratane:


TAKEDA Nobushige: KASHIMA Noritoshi

Princess Miru: MAKI Yoko
Hazuki: MANASE Juri

SATO Ryuta




Princess Yu:

SUDA Shinzaemon:

ASHIDA Nobumori: IIDA Kisuke


Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

SANADA Yukitaka:
SASAKI Kuranosuke

MURAKAMI Yoshikiyo:

IMAI Tomohiko

TAKATO Yoritsugu:

AIKI Ichibei:
KONDO Yoshimasa

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

Lady OI:

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

Executive Producer:

Produced by: NAKAMURA Takashi
Art Direction by: SHIMIZU Kensuke
Technology: TANAKA Mitsuru
Sound Effects: IMAI Hiroshi

Photography by: SASAKI Tatsunosuke
Lighting by: HORIKAGO Isamu
Audio: TAKAYAMA Motohisa
Image Art: TAKAHASHI Yoshihiro
Continuity: SATO Hideki
Editor: ABE Tadashi
Art Direction Manager: SUGIHARA Hiroki

Directed by:


You're full of energy this morning.

There are 20 laws in Koshu...

Do not engross in boisterous
dancing, pleasures, and hunting,

and do not neglect your military training.

When the country is at war,
drop everything to prepare for war.

Now that you are in Kai,
you must abide by the laws here.

I'm serving Sir Sanada.

Wasn't his mansion next to Sir Aiki's?

That's right.

Kansuke, what happened to that princess?


The Lady of Shiga Castle.

The princess that we saved at Unnokuchi.

Princess, please forgive me...


What are we doing anyway?

We had originally saved her
from the Takeda, but now...

we brought her great sorrow,
by being on the side of the Takeda.

There's nothing strange about that.

We are now allies that were
once foes ten years ago.

I don't want a life like that.

I want a simpler life.

Like, who I cherished ten years
ago, is living very happily now.

Like, what I couldn't do
ten years ago, I can do now.

If life isn't like that,
I don't know what I'm living for.

Heizo, just don't betray
yourself, and you'll be fine.


If you desire something, you'll
know who you shouldn't betray.

I won't do anything to you.
Nor have I done anything.

You were sound asleep, weren't you?

I heard you couldn't conceive.

That is why Kasahara took in a concubine,

and adopted a child from Joshu.

How small you must have felt...

I don't want to be told that
by a lowly Takeda vassal.

Just have your way with me
and be done with it.

Wasn't I the one who was played with?

I know that you were waiting for
this to happen, deep down inside.

You were waiting for someone
to kill your husband,

and sweep you away from the castle.

That is why you didn't commit
suicide and had yourself captured.

One look into your eyes,
and I fell in love with you.

I remained alive to retaliate
against the Takeda.

You are going to find happiness here.

Rest your body for a while.

Let's meet again here.



Up until now, I've allowed the
locals to keep their lands.

And I've let them govern the
lands to their traditions.

That is why, even if we won
in battle, I wasn't able to...

sufficiently reward my vassals.

Everyone accepts it.

But if it continues...

Their discontent will accumulate.

Even in Suwa, why don't we gather the
vassals in the castle town, like Kai?

We can build mansions for them
and have them live there.

And we'll grant those vassals stipends
and support them for the time.

What about their fiefs?

Those who distinguish themselves,
will get a piece of the lands we gain.

Are you going to take away the
lands from the Suwa people?

If they distinguish themselves,
they can get it back or increase it.

You must not do that.

If you do that, the Suwa people's
hearts will leave you.

It's your job to prevent that.

Don't be overly considerate
of the Suwa people.

Do you understand?


By the way...

Itagaki, do you think the mansion
in Kofu is fine the way it is?

What about the mansion in Tsutsujigasaki?

It is a mansion that my father
built, but at the time...

we did not have fierce battles
with the other provinces.

Things are different now.

Our enemies may invade us at any time.

If that happens, the fortress
at Yogai-zan is not enough.

I advise you to build a solid
castle and move there.

Are you that afraid to lose a battle?



If you build a castle, you will
be showing your fear.


Harunobu gathered his vassals, and
without waiting for the enemy to move,

he was discussing where
he would attack them.

The enemy's commanding general
was Murakami Yoshikiyo.

Brother, we are in continuous
battle with Shiga Castle,

and Uchiyama Castle from last year...

We've lost many soldiers and
the people are exhausted.

It may be wise to refrain
from battle for a while.

If we wait, they may come and attack us.

Then how will we defend Kai,
when we have no castle?

Lord, what kind of battle are you
thinking of, with this opportunity?

Be it Murakami or Ogasawara...

If we fight them head-on, I don't
think we will lose to them.

Amari, what do you think?

I don't think we will lose, but...

We will lose even more soldiers.

A small good deed can be
likened to a big evil,

and a big good deed can be
likened to cruelty.

If you let the immediate small
peace influence you...

you can ruin the province.

Sometimes, what appears cruel,
may end up saving the province.

If I may humbly speak up...

It may be wise to sweep
Murakami in one coup.

If we can crush Murakami,
the battles in Shinano will end.

Yes! Our enemy is Murakami alone!

Let's crush Murakami!

Yes, let's do that!

Kansuke, what are your thoughts?

Who is our next enemy?

Your next enemy lies in
your heart, my lord...

Until you can see the enemy in your heart...

Your vassals will never achieve unity.

I know who my enemy is!

We shall attack Murakami next!

Yamamoto Kansuke!

Tell me how you plan to defeat
Murakami in battle.

Why didn't you counsel
the lord this time?

You can't tell me, can you?

I know what you are thinking.

"See if you can win without my strategizing."

Isn't that what you wanted to tell him?

Sir Amari...

In that case, I will tell you.

Even if he were to lose, that lost
will attribute to 100 victories.


You don't know what it means to lose!

To you, a battle may be like
a bargaining of push or pull...

Ask Sirs Sanada and Aiki there,
what it's like.

Why are they serving their
former enemy now?

They cherish their wives,
children, and fiefs.

They're not like you,
who only cherish yourself.

You only live for your own
benefit, that is why...

you didn't stop the lord!

That is not true.

Listen carefully.

The outcome of the battle isn't
set by who you will or will not betray.

Nor is it a matter of life or death.

It comes down to what you are protecting

and what you will lose from it.

If you have something to protect,
you must win by all means...

That is what a battle is about.

Murakami's head represents the
thousands of lives in Kai province.

Is the clan's opinion split
on the coming battle?

Harunobu decided on it on his own.

He treats Yamamoto Kansuke,
his military strategist, lightly.

The people's discontents
are accumulating...

To suppress the people's discontents,
we had him succeed as lord.

But in just six years,
we have the same concerns...

I'm sure Harunobu knows it, but...

Lady Okita, in hindsight now...

Lord Nobutora must have had his reasons...

for choosing Nobushige as his heir.


Please let me say it now.

Lord Nobutora must have known
that if Harunobu succeeded as lord...

at that young age, he would
invade the other provinces by force.

We may have been hasty
to have banished him.

What are you saying at this point?

Lady Okita...

If in the next battle, the enemy
should attack our main camp,

I will stake my life to protect
Sir Nobushige!

Refrain! That could be seen
as treason towards Harunobu!

Please forgive me.

I said it out of pure concern
for the Takeda clan.

The lord has declared his next battle.

We'll be attacking the
Murakami at Chiisagata.

We'll be leaving next year,
before the harvest.

So it will be August.


Inform Lord Murakami of that immediately.

Sir Aiki... should I
come back after that?

Aren't you Murakami's spy?
That is for him to decide.

Leave Kofu before dawn.

Are you bandits? I don't have
any valuables on me.

What is it?

You are Sir Sanada's...!

Run for it!

Are you really going to run away?


He was captured by a group of men.

Judging by the number, they must
be serving someone pretty important.

They may be Sir Amari's vassals.

Sir Amari's? Why would he do that?

He might have found out that
Heizo is Murakami's spy.

Does that mean they've killed Heizo?

I don't know.

If Sir Amari had found out, wouldn't
he have come to reprimand Aiki?

That's true.

But if Sir Amari should've
secretly captured Heizo alive...

Why would he do that, though?

Could it be to approach Murakami?

I doubt he'll betray the lord...



Heizo, so you are safe!

Who are you?

Takeda vassal, Amari Bizen-no-kami.

Aren't you Yazaki Jugoro, a former
vassal of Suwa Yorishige?

Please arrange a meeting for me
with Lord Murakami Yoshikiyo.


Sir Amari, you are famous even in Shinano.

That is why I couldn't invite
you to my castle.

Thank you for your consideration.

What did you want to tell me
about Aiki Ichibei?

He is a spy sent by my lord.

Is that what it's about?

I'm wondering if I should trust you now.

When it comes next February,
you will trust me.


The Takeda will be attacking
you in February.

Not in August?

They are after your head only.

I'll become your true ally, in place of Aiki.

What do you want?



Kai is not unified now.

I am doing this out of concern for Kai.

Do you plan to kill your lord?

Yes. When the time comes,
please back me up.

Can't you feel happy yet?

I feel very fulfilled.

What made you feel that way?

I lost to you...

It was as you said.

I betrayed my husband.

To live, isn't betrayal.

No... I cherished myself.

I couldn't kill myself.




Have you turned yellow, after hearing
about the Shiga Castle invasion?

How dare you. I am enraged.

I can't suppress my anger,
since they even sold my wife.

Please rise! If you don't,
everyone will slight you...

for being a useless Shinano deputy!

Are you slighting me,
when you're a fallen soldier?

Just use Murakami to your advantage.

Use him?

Just let Murakami be the
Takeda's target for a while.

In the meantime, we will attack Suwa.


I'm concerned about the
movements in Suwa.

I'm going back to Suwa.

What is the matter?

I heard Takato Yoritsugu
fled to Ogasawara for help.

Takato went to the deputy?

Which means, they might work
on the Fujisawa in Ina,

and the Nishikata group in Suwa.


Go to Shinano.

Spy on the Ogasawara clan.

Find vassals that might
switch over to the Takeda.

Are you going to work on them?

Listen. You are to gather the men
and send them in as your spies.

I'm counting on you, Denbei.

Yes, Sir. Please leave it to me.

He's become very useful.

Ogasawara is a very cautious man.

He'll only attack the Takeda when
we are losing to the Murakami.

Pardon my rudeness, but Sir
Itagaki, you seem weak-kneed

about the battle with the Murakami.

Don't be foolish!

The Murakami are our strongest
enemy in Shinano now.

Do you think our armies,
which are exhausted

from the continuous battles,
can easily beat them?

You have no way of stopping
the lord, do you?

So what are we to do?

We can't let our lord die in battle.

The next battle will be...

The next battle...


Has he fallen asleep?


He's sound asleep.

Like the lord, he falls asleep
to the tune of this flute...

I played this flute all night
long that time...

And he fell asleep.

I'm afraid to lose...

Is that what the lord said?

It's the lord's irrelevant thoughts
that make him do it.

Irrelevant thoughts?

The lord hasn't lost in battle...

and lost something
precious yet, like I have.

All he's lost is the fear of
engaging in battles.

When he lost his fear of battles,
he felt the fear of losing a battle.

Kansuke, am I wrong?

No... that is probably the case.

But he can't lose, can he?

The next battle...


When the new year came,

Harunobu tried to unify
his vassals through reason.

Finally, we will be attacking Murakami!

It'll turn into a fierce battle,
that will be do-or-die!

In compensation for your hard work,
I will make a promise to you all.

Hereafter, you will be rewarded
with fiefs for your distinguishments.

And this is my red seal on it.

Soon after, Itagaki and Kansuke
returned from Suwa.

Lord, please delay the battle.

Delay it for what?

To find out the situation in Shinano.

Please leave things to me.

Kansuke, you told me to
determine who my next enemy is.

But are you going to say otherwise now?

I will not object to your battle
against the Murakami.

But your enemy this time
lies in your heart, for making

a decision to go to battle,
without having the odds with us.

Refrain, Kansuke.

The lord believes in our strength.

However, lord...

If there is a grudge by the people
who lost in battle...

There will never be peace in the province.

Like Kansuke said...

His province is the people.

And none other than you, lord.

Can you say that, when I lose?

You can only say that because
I've been winning!

Itagaki, you may be lamenting
that I have changed...

But you're completely
wrong about that.

I'm thinking about the future.

Those who can't change when
the opportunity is there,

will surely meet with doom!

Yes, indeed, but...

You must not go off the path.

There isn't only one path in life!

The path to winning battles
is also a path!

No, there should only be
one path in life.

Otherwise, we vassals,
cannot walk together.

Lord, you have not changed...

You just don't believe in your
own strength anymore.

What is my strength?

Your strength to move people.

You had the power to move
people with your heart.

That's what made Kansuke
your military strategist.

There is no other lord
with such strength...

We are serving a lord with
such unattainable strength.

We are offering our lives to such a lord.


have confidence in yourself.

Young Lord...

Episode 27:
The End



Yamanashi city in Yamanashi prefecture.

Town where many temples worshiped
by Kai Takeda family still remains.

Kubo Hachiman Temple, Main Shrine and a hall of
worship are designated as important cultural property.

Main Temple

A hall of worship was re-built and main shrine
was decorated with gold leaf by Harunobu.

According to the record kept in the temple,
construction was supervised by Amari Bizen no kami.

Here in Eishou-in

A bell used by Harunobu's son Katsuyori
during the war is still kept.

Manriki grove is said to be created by Harunobu.

Manriki (translate as Power of Ten thousand)
is a name given to the town with a hope to create
strong dike by putting power of ten thousand people.

Yamanashi city, where Harunobu's prayer
for the country's prosperity is still seen.

Access to Yamanashi City
by bus to Hachiman Shrine stop

Production & Writing: