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NHK Taiga Drama "Strategist Kanbe"

(English Subtitled)

This historical drama is the life story of Kanbe Kuroda, a gifted faithful strategist from Himeji, who supported Hideyoshi Toyotomi with his eloquence and brilliant military strategies during the Age of Civil Wars.

As the first boy born to the Himeji Castle master in Harima Province, Kanbe inherited the duties of the family as well as the province in 1546. He was 22 years old.He was a very reliable leader and a great family man. Unfortunately, he lost a lot of his companions to Japan's Civil Wars. This made him think about the futility of killing people, and he decided that people have a greater purpose.

Kanbe could not father a second son, so he hired young samurais and raised them as sons. This was the beginning of the "Kuroda Samurai Army."

In 1575 Kanbe turned 30 and it was at this point that he found himself at a crossroads. Nobunaga Oda, a revolutionary from the East, and Terutomo Mori, a leader from the West, were preparing to war, and Harima Province would be the place for the crucial battle. Kanbe was unsure of which side to support, but eventually he convinced his superiors to side with Nobunaga. Kanbe was drawn to Nobunaga, as he had the revolutionary idea to create a new country. When Kanbe visited Nobunaga, he was presented witha noble sword as well as the servant Hideyoshi Hashiba (who later became Hideyoshi Toyotomi). While Kanbe supported Hideyoshi to manage and govern Harima, Kanbe became an invaluable member of Hideyoshi's leadership.

In June of 1582, Nobunaga was killed in the Honnoji Incident. Hideyoshi was inconsolable, but Kanbe whispered to him, "Now YOU will have good luck." At this moment, it became very clear to Kanbe that Hideyoshi would rule the country.

Okada Junichi, Nakatani Miki, Ryu Raita, Shibata Kyohei, Toda Naho, Shiomi Sansei, Nagai Masaru, Hamada Gaku, Hayami Mokomichi, Kiritani Mirei, Eguchi Yosuke, Kaneko Nobuaki, Ikuta Toma.

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