The Trusted Confidant (2007–…): Season 1, Episode 7 - Harunobu uijin - full transcript

Aren't the Takeda coming?

To get revenge on Takeda Nobutora,
Kansuke joined the Imagawa.


But the Imagawa had a secret
alliance with the Takeda.

I can't stop going after the
Takeda at this point.

In pursuit of new employment,
Kansuke headed for the Hojo in Sagami.

I believe you are the only one
who can defeat the Takeda!

I would like to serve you!

Please employ me!


You said you assisted the Imagawa,
to get revenge on the Takeda.

Yes, I did.

But the Takeda did not go to battle.
Couldn't you see that happening?

I understand very well. I'll think
about what I'll do with you.

"Swift as the wind"

"Silent as the forest"

"Conquer like the fire"

"Unmovable as the mountain"


Episode 7:

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

Japanese Music Coach: HONJO Shotaro
Imperial Palace Dialect Coach: HORII Reiichi
Kyoto Dialect Coach: INOUE Yukiko
Yamanashi Dialect Coach: KASAI Kazuhiko


UCHINO Masaaki

TAKEDA Harunobu:


OBU Toramasa:

OYAMADA Nobuari:
TANABE Seiichi

HONMA Goshu: NAGAE Hidekazu

SUNOHARA Wakasa-no-kami: KIMURA Sakae
MUTO Nagaharu: NAKAYAMA Seigen

MATSUDA Shichirozaemon: SAKAKI Hideo

SANADA Yukitaka:
SASAKI Kuranosuke


SATO Ryuta

ASADA Miyoko


ITO Mizuki


Photographed in Cooperation with:
Yamanishi Prefecture
Nagano Prefecture

Oshu City in Iwate Prefecture
Tono City in Iwate Prefecture
Aizuwakamatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture
Inawashiro Town in Fukushima Prefecture
Chikuma City in Nagano Prefecture
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture

ITAGAKI Nobukata:
CHIBA Shinichi

AMARI Torayasu:
RYU Raita

HOJO Ujitsuna:

SHIMIZU Yoshimasa:

MUROZUMI Torasada:
KATO Takeshi

Lady OI:

TAKEDA Nobutora:

Executive Producer:

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

Photography by: SASAKI Tatsunosuke
Lighting by: HORIKAGO Isamu
Audio: SANGA Masaru
Image Art: TAKAHASHI Yoshihiro
Art Direction Manager: MATSUTANI Takafumi

Directed by:
ISO Tomoaki

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Kansuke, come.

Have some saké.
I had it readied for you.

In that case, I'll have some.

Not for me. I only drink
saké in the mornings.

The saké I drink leisurely at night
may result in excessiveness.

The saké I drink in the mornings, when
the day starts, keeps me in restraint.

And it gives me spirit.

If you drink it with such intent,
it can serve as a benefit.

I guess you can't drink it, either.

I'll follow you on it.

Would you like to have some of this?

Well? It looks bad, but it's quite tasty.

But, if you don't eat it fully cooked,
you'll get a stomach ache.

Kansuke, I am a weakling.

I've always been a weakling,
since I was a child.

I would hide in fear of the thunder.

I held myself in contempt as being
the weakest in the eastern provinces.

You, Young Lord?

My father encouraged me to be
very cautious, as one who governs

the lives of others. He is
a very good father to me.

Kansuke, my grandfather and
father are too great for me.

There's a part of me that
can't trust myself yet.

I'm the opposite of you,
who is unable to trust people.

Those who can't trust themselves
will cling onto the kindness of others.

Those who can't trust others
will cling onto their greed.

If I may humbly speak up...
I do not hold any greed.

Grudge is just a result of personal greed.

It's the greed that you cling onto.

Those who cling onto greed will
easily cringe to the powerful.

That is why you believed that foolish
rumor and tried to win my favor.

If you are blinded by greed...
You can't see your real enemy.

Battles shouldn't be fought
to satisfy your greed.

They should be fought to protect
and save your country.

Those are words of the blessed.

You are in a different situation from me.

You have the spirit like me,
to go out into the rough world.

As unappetizing as it looks,
it may be tasty if you try it.

But I wouldn't want to try you, at this point.

Honma Goshu!

I'm going to send Kansuke out as our spy.

Therefore, you must not kill him.

Kansuke, name anything you want.

Are you employing me as a spy?

It's a shame to kill you now.
I'm large-minded with ronin.

If you want to defeat the Takeda, abandon
your grudge and focus on your ambition.

Then you will clearly see your enemy.

When you have clear view of the
Takeda, appear before me again.


Young Lord.

Young Lord!

These are books from Priest Genpaku.

Sir Komai.

Sir Komai!

Sir Komai, please tell me what
the Young Lord does everyday.

He's living peacefully.

Why doesn't he speak with the lord?

I do not know.

Aren't you his attendant?
How can you not know?

You're not doing your job properly.



Sir Komai looks troubled.

You're the one who's troubled,
not knowing anything that goes on.

I may worry about him, but I
am not troubled about it.

Don't overstep your boundaries.

Princess, you have changed.

Your strong-mindedness
makes me pity you more.

My Lady.

Sir Obu...

It's good to see you well...

Sir Obu, you must know the details.


Why does the lord keep his
distance from the Young Lord?

Hagino, you are talking too loud.

I've heard strange rumors about it.

That the lord plans to disinherit
Young Lord Harunobu.

What is the truth of the matter?

That's a groundless rumor.

Then why isn't he engaging
in battle for the Young Lord?

You mean, for his first battle?

My Lady, please do not worry.

That just shows how important
he thinks of it.

From what I know, that opportunity
should be coming shortly.

A few days later...

The peace treaty with Imagawa
Yoshimoto in Suruga

has lifted the anxiety about our future.

Yes, Sir.

Have the Imagawa keep an eye on the Hojo.

Let us invade Shinano now.

So you're finally going to cross Yatsugatake.

Amari, what will you do?

I shall take the small castle in Saku.

We'll be leaving for battle
in the winter. Prepare for it.


Yes, Sir.

What does this line mean?

Don't let others' non-recognition
of you, bother you.

What's important is seeing
through the quality of people.

In other words, don't let the ongoing
rain bother you, and try smelling it?

Rain? I don't know about that, but...

That must make sense to you, huh?

Yes, that's what it means.

Young Lord!

What is it?

You'll be going to your first battle.

You are going out to battle in Shinano.

Shinano? So we're finally
going to make our move.


When are we departing?

In winter, after the fall's harvest.

Young Lord, congratulations.


Young Lord, we shall surely
decorate it with feats of arms.

Kansuke, in search of employment,
went from Sagami to Musashi

to Kozuke Province, and by the time he
entered Shinano, it was already fall.

On this land, Kansuke would
have another great encounter.




Stop the horse!

What are you doing to
the precious horse!?

It's not a horse that can be
ridden by a farmer!

Stop it!


Heizo... it's been a while.

What's wrong?

The horse was fortunately
saved by this man.

A mountain priest?
I appreciate it.

I'm Sanada Yukitaka, who governs Maki.

Sir Sanada...

He's a farmer that cares
for the horse in Maki.

Heizo! I told you not to be hasty!

I'm sorry! Please forgive me!

He wants to learn archery
and horsemanship.

You're an excellent horseman.

It's nothing much.

Are you heading to Mt. Kokuzo?

Would you like to rest at my mansion?

Tell me about your travels
across the country.


In that case, kill him.



Your bold demeanor...
your skill in horsemanship...

You're no ordinary mountain priest.

You must be a spy,

I'm a wandering ronin.

I would imagine.

If you were a spy, you wouldn't have
ridden the horse and revealed your identity.

Don't you even know that?

Bring him along.

What kind of man is he?

How would I know?


The Hojo influence has
extended to Musashi.

We have a lot of family
friends in Joshu.

They all serve Yamanouchi Uesugi.

They're all lowly ji-samurai, though.

I see.

Don't take them lightly.

I'm not.

I won't lose to Mochizuki
in raising a good horse.

His horse was desired by the Court.

I do not know what makes
a horse good or bad.

Please excuse me.

Thank you for stopping over.

Here. Please have some saké.

Kansuke, you seem to have
good taste in women.

Isn't she beautiful?
She's my wife.

My lord has a tendency to invite
travelers to the mansion

to hear about their stories.
Please make yourself at home.

Kansuke is a samurai...
a ronin.

Oh, my.

He's far ahead of me in years.

Doesn't he look like an ill-fated ronin?


I'm indiscreet.
Forgive me, Kansuke.

Make yourself at home.

Are you one that drinks saké
only in the mornings?

Why? Is it wrong to drink at nights?


What a strange thing to say.

Kansuke, just look at my village!

Isn't it beautiful?

Yes, indeed.

Shinano Province consists of 11 districts,

and is crowded with big and small towns.

Look there. That is my enemy
Murakami Yoshikiyo's Toishi Castle.

That's a magnificent mountain-top castle.

It's impregnable.

Murakami Yoshikiyo is after my fief,
and instigates battles often.

But they all end up as skirmishes.

Kansuke, will you stay here for a while?


Stay here as a guest.

What do you want me to do?

My vassals are better at raising horses

than they are at fighting battles.
Not many know about war tactics.

I would like you to teach them.

Is there a sign of a battle
looming in the air?

The Takeda in Kai.

The Takeda will be coming here?

I heard about you from Heizo.

The woman you loved was
killed by the Takeda.

I listen to anyone.

If like that farmer, you still hold
a grudge against the Takeda...

Won't you help me out?

Are you saying that you want my grudge?

A grudge will make a person
strong on the battlefield.

A grudge can also save you.

You just have to know how to handle it.

You are an interesting man.


Heizo, I never thought
I'd run into you here.

So you're still a ronin?

I'm tired of seeing you as a ronin.

I thought you were going to infiltrate
into the Takeda and kill Nobutora.

I had a dream like that before.

Have you forgotten about Mitsu?

If you haven't, then that's fine.

So you were in love with Mitsu, after all.

You couldn't stay with the
Takeda, that killed Mitsu.

I was happy to see you like that.

Stop crying!

From when have you been with the Sanada?

Around summer time.

I was hungry, so l went in to steal...

Into the lord's mansion?

Fool! I'm too timid to do
something that outrageous.

I broke into a farmer's shed.

I was caught and almost killed...
but Sir Sanada saved me.

Is that how you ended up
caring for his horse?

What can a farmer do?

I'm going to become a warrior here.

Sir Sanada promised to
make me his vassal.

Kansuke, please teach me fencing.

Forget it.

Come on!

I'll go anywhere for the battle
with the Takeda.

All right, I'll teach you.

Come at me!


That's why I told you to forget it.


Why, it's Lady Sanjo.
Are you well?


Are you lonely?

When I get lonely. I come here
to gaze at the garden.

I see.

The maples were beautiful in the
Kyoto mansion that I was born in.

Lord, aren't you feeling lonely, too?


You are the only one that worries about me.

Doesn't Harunobu show concern?

Harunobu dislikes me.

I am a gruff father, so he despises me.

That is not true.

Harunobu loves you.
I can tell.

He sadly told me that he wanted
your horse for his first battle.

I didn't allow him to have it.

At that time, I wanted him to ask
his brusque father to teach him

how to ride the horse.

Then I would've wanted to see it, too.

Harunobu riding my horse
on his first battle...

Is that true? Did my father
really say that?


He must have a motive for saying that.

Why do you think that?

The lord must've felt lonely, too...

He expressed his honest feelings
to someone like me...

Honest feelings?
I wonder about that.

You should ask for the horse again...

No. Ask him to give you
personal training.

Never mind already...

Sir Kansuke.

My Lady...

I made this from my husband's old kimono.

If it'll fit, please wear it
to keep yourself warm.

Please accept it.

Thank you.

My Lady...


Why is the lord so kind to me?

My lord is an eccentric man.


He's good at judging people...

He's very perceptive...

Kansuke, please help my husband.

I am honored.


Father, I have a request to make.

What is it?

Please give me your
favorite horse, Onikage.

If possible, please teach me
how to ride it as well.


You were too late on that.

Brother, Father promised
to give Onikage to me.

Is that true?

So, you've finally showed
your true colors, Harunobu.

Blinded by your own greed,
you took me lightly.

Your greed is endless, isn't it?

You must've thought you had me fooled,
when you sent your wife over.

Did you think I wouldn't see
through your motives?

Just as I thought... you had the
gall to come and ask for it.



Father, so you refuse to
understand my feelings.


That makes me sad...

All right.

If you won't understand it...
then I'll show you my feelings.

I'll distinguish myself
in my first battle.

Be prepared for it!


Please excuse me.


If you disagree with what I said,
then explain yourself!

Otherwise, ask for my forgiveness!

If you want Onikage that badly...
beg me for it.

Beg me for it!

How did it go?

Father was very happy about it.

Is that true?

Yes. You were right about it.

Did you get his horse then?

No, I won't take that horse.

That horse is best with Father.

Don't worry.

I won't rely on the horse to
earn me my distinguishments.

As the heir to the Takeda clan,
I will do my best for Kai.

I must distinguish myself.
That's what I've decided.

In November of 1536...

Harunobu would depart to his first battle.

The Takeda army of 8,000 crossed
Yatsugatake to head for Shinano.


Five years ago, I battled against
Murakami Yoshikiyo here.

The enemy set up camp on the
opposite side of the river...

and tried to stage a rank formation.

Do you know how I defeated the enemy?

What was the time of year?

It was... the cold winter,
just like it is now.

In that case...

If it were me, I'd divide the
army into four groups.

I'd have two groups wade
in the darkness of the night,

and attack them from the back.

Then the enemy will cross
the river and attack here.

The other two groups can kill the
enemy, freezing in the cold.

In the winter, the side who is able
to make the enemy cross the river,

is the one that wins.

Isn't that right?

You are an interesting man, after all.


We received a report from the border!
The Takeda army is coming!

So they plan to pass east of Yatsugatake,

and attack from Unnokuchi, Saku.

Hiraga Genshin is at Unnokuchi Castle.

Hiraga is a fierce general.
He is with the Ooi family in Saku.

With the Ooi clan's support,
I doubt he'll be easily defeated.

Kansuke, would you like to see the
Takeda's attack with your own eyes?

If you do, you can go there
as my messenger.

Just be sure to come back.


Kansuke, I'm going, too.

Don't fall off now.

I may lose my life, but
I won't fall off the horse.


Stop! Who is he?

He's a messenger for Sanada Yukitaka.

My name is Yamamoto Kansuke!

I'm here to deliver an urgent letter!

Please allow me to see your
general immediately!

Harunobu and Kansuke...

The two will finally meet on the
battlefield as enemies.

Episode 7:
The End


That castle has a
brilliant strategist.

Strategist, huh?

The enemy is down there.


I am convinced he is a fool.

Prepare to die!


Who is in that castle?



Sanada Town in Ueda City,
Nagano Prefecture.

This used to be the fief of the
warrior, Sanada Yukitaka.

Yukitaka was employed by Harunobu,
under Kansuke's recommendation.

He built a castle in this pivotal point
that connected Shinano and Kozuke.

At the remains of the Sanada
mansion, south of the castle...

...were massive moats and earthworks.

Yamaga Shrine has a history that
goes back to the Heian period.

The shrine door that
Yukitaka donated in prayers

of the Sanada family's safety
is preserved here.

His son, Masayuki, rebuilt Ueda
Castle in the center of the city.

Ueda City continues to relay the
prosperity of the Sanada clan

that lasted until the end
of the Tokugawa regime.

Access to Sanada Castle Ruins
From Ueda by Bus on JR to
Sanada Government Center Entrance
walk 35 minutes

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