Synopsis: A depiction of Japan's 17th Century Battle of Sekigahara where the Army of the East takes up arms against the Army of the West.
Genre: Drama, History, War
Director(s): Masato Harada
Production: Toho Pictures
150 min


Sekigahara, September 14, 1600 (Lunar)

The eve of battle

Small though it be

this god may remember

the ancient rebellion

of Prince O-amano


Father, did the prince fight here

in Sekigahara?

The war began with a blockade

of this road

Yonder is Momokubari Hill

named for the peaches he gave out

Storm's abrewin' in my belly

I can smell it



Good God

Reinforcements are arriving daily

from Satsuma afar

Only 1,000 of them, but fierce

The army of the East is 100,000

We, the West, are 80,000

Yet half are in the hills,

watching from safety

This is a war of justice and injustice

We cannot lose

The author recalls visiting

the temple in Omi as a boy

Climbing stone steps

in the hot summer

I don't recall the sect

Hideyoshi was sitting right here

where I'm sitting

Wearing his falconer's outfit

How long ago, Mr. Kaiware?

Oh, about 350 years ago

It was a hot summer's day

A day like today when sweat

stings your eyes

As I struggled to write about

the Battle of Sekigahara...

this incredible human comedy,

or tragedy...

such scenes from my boyhood

wisped through my mind

like a dream in a nap

Henry Miller once said

something like this:

You are thinking of something

right now. Start writing from there

50, that? What I'll do

with this story

Around 1572, Hideyoshi was

the Lord of Omi

a vast territory granted to him

as one of Nobunaga's generals

Ishida Mitsunari was called Sakichi

when he was a boy

It is unclear if he was a student

or a servant at this temple

Hideyoshi was in the area

for falconry

He was so thirsty he entered


Historical texts say

the first cup of tea was:

brought in a great tea bowl

filled three quarters and warm

He drained the cup and smacked his lips

He ordered another cup

in good humor

This time it was hotter and

half the amount

Damn good. Gimme more

The third cup was mostly empty

and scalding hot

Kid. What's your name?

Sakichi, from lshida village

in your territory, sir

What if I grant you land

worth 100 barrels of rice?

I would rather receive the tax

charged for harvesting

the reeds on the banks of Lake Biwa-

How much?

Sakichi, don't bother his lordship-

Priest! I like this kid

I'm takin' him with me

16 years later

Osaka Castle, 1588


My lord

Once this triple moat is finished

I'll build a castle in Fushimi

Destroy and build

That's the work of power

Got it? Fushimi is next

And then?

What do you think?

We'll beat down Ming of course

Choson and its culture

block our way there

I'll conquer Choson

after I unify the 66 states

War will never end

Won't ever end until I rule them all

Seven years Ia ter

Where is the foyer?

Tokugawa Ieyasu's new mansion, Fushimi, 1595

Where is the foyer?

Please, Your Highness

Take off traveling gloves

Take that around back

Sir Masanobu

His Highness is wearing travel garbs

to meet the Imperial Regent

Your Highness!

Those are your travel garments

All the lords in the land are broke

from invading Choson

We can barely afford to get here

Formal wear is not required

They will mock you as a bumpkin

His Highness wants to show Mitsunari

what a trouble it is to get here

Shut it, Naomasa

I couldn't change anyway

They can't find my wardrobe trunk

Fushimi Castle

There is tension between the Supreme Taiko

and his nephew, the Regent

On July 3, despite the concern of war

The Regent offered the Emperor

3,000 coins of gold and silver

This is most grave

Formal wear is not required,

but this is too crude

Every house is bankrupt from invading Choson

Look at leyasu. Has he no shame?

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