The Barren Flower of Virtue

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#195: The Barren Flower of Virtue
[Marathon] 09/30/2018 – 10/09/2018
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Ken-circle.png BeitとF-LAGSが義理と人情の任侠モノにアイドルを組み合わせた映画へ出演!それぞれの役について、思うところがあるようですが…?




Character Roles
Minori Watanabe Hisataka Sunaba
Kyoji Takajo Tenmei Tsuragase
Pierre Tsukkero Ochimae
Daigo Kabuto Kazutoshi Fuchima
Ryo Akizuki Torayoshi Minamiya
Kazuki Tsukumo Taro Dotsui

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Translator: habatakisoul, izzy___315
【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Producer-san! Got movie offer, really? I, happy!
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Ah, we're co-starring with F-LAGS? And the subject is... a yakuza film of honor and empathy?
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png I see... That sounds good to me, but aren't the other members a little too young for this type of movie?

Hmm...? So it's a world where idols are combined with chivalry.

Well if you put it that way, that sounds fine!

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png I don't really know much about chivalry... and I can't imagine what it has to do with being an idol.
【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Minori, what is a chivalry? It sounds like shivery. Movie about being cold?
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Fufu, well I think we should start with what a yakuza movie is.

I think Producer offered this job to us because they think we're capable of handling it.

Let's have fun starting from the foundations, and get down to work to make this movie a good one!

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...It is the present day. The world is in an era of intense conflict between idols.

...The movie we are going to appear in, "The Barren Flower of Virtue", is a yakuza movie with idols as the main characters.

【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png I read the script, but it still seems like a really strange setting.
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png It sure is. I've watched plenty of yakuza movies with my grandpa, but...

I've never seen a movie about idols fightin' with guns and swords.

Younger people are hesitant about goin' to see yakuza movies, so this'll be an interestin' experiment.

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...This movie has a unique setting, so it may be difficult to act the part.

...To start, let's establish our characters.

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...Well then, let's establish each of our characters.

...I will be playing Taro Dotsui, a Hatasu-gumi leader, and their treasurer.

【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png Treasurer...?
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png He manages Hatasu-gumi's money. He's a reliable guy.
【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...Yes. It seems that the boss, Kazutoshi, shared sake with him to form a brotherly bond.
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png I will play Torayoshi Minamiya, the waka gashira.

Since Torayoshi is the waka gashira, that must mean he's pretty important, right?

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png Yeah, the waka gashira is second highest in the group. He's the next in line to be the boss.
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png I see! ...By the way Daigo-kun, it seems like you know a lot about this stuff.
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png I didn't watch lots of yakuza movies for nothin'! Wahaha!

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png Now then, I'll be playin' Kazutoshi Fuchima...

He looks out for his comrades, but he also seems real hot-blooded.

He's aimin' to be the top in Kanto, so he plans an attack on Baito-gumi's turf.

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...An ambitious boss. That's Kazutoshi Fuchima in a nutshell.
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png A boss who looks out for his comrades, huh. That's a perfect role for the chivalrous Daigo-kun!
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png If ya praise me like that, I'll start blushin'! Please say some more! Hahaha...

(...Even so. I'll be playin' the boss... What a crazy coincidence...)

(Am I gonna be able to do this...?)

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png (I wonder if I'm a good person for the role of the boss...)
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png ...What's wrong, Daigo-kun? You look upset...
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png ...Um, it's nothin'! Everythin's totally fine! Wahaha!

The director chose us ‘cause they believe in us, right?

So we gotta live up to their expectations!

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...Daigo. Are you really alright?
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png What, even you Sensei? I'm fine!
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png I'm glad to hear that, but... are you really okay?
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png Yeah, I'm okay! I've got absolutely no worries at all!

(This's bad... I can't stop thinkin' ‘bout my family.)

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Thanks for waiting. Producer gave me the script.
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Thanks, Minori-san. Should we go over it now?
【Moral Code】Pierre T.png ...Ahhh. Kyoji, I, can't read title. How is reading?
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Uh... "Tobana"....No, that's not it. Maybe... it's something like "Toka"...?
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png It's "Adabana". It means "The Barren Flower of Virtue".
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Oh, really? You know about this, Minori-san?
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Well it has to do flowers, so you know. It got me interested and I looked it up.
【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Because Minori was florist! Minori, studying, good job!
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Fufu, looks like my past experiences are coming in handy.

Alright, now that we know what the title means, let's go over the script.

【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png "I can't stand it anymore! Let's start the raid at the live!"
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png "With father's song, we'll take these guys down."
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "Once we gain control, Baito-gumi will sure teach them a lesson."
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Pfft... What we're doing sounds pretty dangerous, but the lines make it sound corny.

I wasn't sure if combining idols with chivalry was possible, but...

This strange world isn't as bad as I thought.

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png You're right, it has a unique charm to it. The lines sound very idol-like...

And combining that with serious yakuza sword fighting brings out a gap appeal.

I think that sort of gap is what makes this piece so interesting.

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Seriousness, huh...

That reminds me, there's still a lot I need to look into to study for this role.

【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Yahoo! Reading, done! Next is studying for roles!
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Yeah. All we did was a rough readthrough... so we don't understand everything about them yet.

Why did a sensible guy like Tenmei become an outlaw?

Maybe I should try imagining the backbone of the characters, like Minori-san said before.

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Haha, I was just repeating something that Michio-san had said.

The reason why he became an outlaw, huh... Let's see.

Remember this is only my guess. I think this kind of thing follows various patterns.

For example, imagine if someone was ostracized from everyday society...

He would want to show everyone that even though he had no confidence, he could get stronger and bigger. So he would start going down that path...

...There certainly are people out there who would fall into that kind of life just to indulge in a moment they could enjoy too...

There could also be people who have no choice but to be put in that position.

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png I see... If I was in that kind of position, I might end up becoming an outlaw too.
【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Have no choice, but to be... it means, had to do?

Maybe some outlaw, don't want to be outlaw?

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Yes, that's what that means. I think there are people like that.
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Then there are ambitious guys like Kazutoshi, Kabuto's role, who want to earn a high position...

There sure are lots of different kinds of people and things to consider about the world of yakuza.

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png There are... but no matter what his reason is,

The man who waits until everyone's back is turned to make his name...

I think maybe he just feels empty, that's all.

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png Ryo, Sensei, I'm sorry! The promo filmin' got all messed up ‘cause of me...
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png Don't worry about it, Daigo-kun! Let's take a short break and try again.
【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...Nevertheless, you weren't acting like yourself, Daigo.
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png Yeah. You seem like you're putting on a brave face... You were acting unnatural. Is everything alright, Daigo-kun?
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png ...Sorry for makin' ya worry. The truth is, I feel sorta lost on how I should be actin' for this role.

(I wonder if I can play this part... My doubts must be showin' themselves, even when I'm actin'.)

I gotta stop this! I really need to start fresh!

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...Hm. Producer-san, hello... What is that letter?
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png It's from Daigo-kun's grandfather? Wow... such neat handwriting.
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png Grandpa sent me a letter? Lemme see it, Boss!

【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png What does your grandfather's letter say, Daigo-kun?
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png ...He wants me to go back to Hiroshima.

He's told me that sorta thing lots of times before, but...

In this letter, he said that he feels lonely, so he wants to see my cheerful face.

This's the first time Grandpa's said somethin' that shows his weakness like this to me...

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...Something might have happened. You should check in with him.
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png Yeah... I'll call one of my underlin's in Hiroshima!
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png ...It sounds like he fell down in front of the house and broke his leg.

Hmmm, he said he'll heal just fine as long as he rests, but...

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...His injury may be making him feel more faint-hearted than usual.
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png What?! Oh no...! You should go see him, Daigo-kun!
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png I really, really wanna do that... but I can't go back to Hiroshima.

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png I can't go back to Hiroshima that easily.
【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...Could it be related to that issue with your parents' house that you told us about before?
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png It is. If I go back home, I know that the fight would start all over again.

Haha, but Grandpa must know that too, of course.

...Grandpa's always been lookin' out for me, ever since I was little.

So, even though I'm worried... there's no way I could go back that easily...

【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png Daigo-kun...

...Ah, I know! If that's the case, then how about you use the promo video?

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png Use the promo video...?

【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki T.png The promo we're filming now is going to be aired soon after we're done shooting.

So you can use the promo to show your grandfather your cheerful face!

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo T.png ...I see. Though it may be difficult for you to go back to Hiroshima...

...You can show him that you're working as an idol now.

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto T.png ...Yeah, you're right. I'm an idol now!

I'm gonna show my cheerfulness and smilin' face to Grandpa with this promo!

I'm not worried anymore. I'm gonna act with all I've got!

(...Yeah. Please watch, Grandpa...)

(I'm gonna blow ya away with my actin' in this movie...!)

【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Minori, good job! ...Face is looking tired. Are you okay?
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png That action scene just now was pretty tough...

But it seems like there's another reason why you're tired...

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png ...You're right. I thought I was prepared... for the battle between outlaws.

But no matter how comically it's portrayed, I'm getting emotionally invested in it.

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Do you mean that empty feeling you were talking about before?
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png It is. Ah, though I know that we're just acting, of course.

Yes, I plan to understand him completely.

This is much different than when I played the role of an all-out villain in London.

Playing the role of Hisataka Sunaba is making me think of all different sorts of things.

I'm thinking it all over carefully. Acting is interesting, profound... and difficult, too.

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Hisataka treasures his group members who he can dote on like Ochimae, but...

Other than that, he is a coldhearted man who views others as his pawns.

He devotes himself to broadening his influence and maintaining his position in the group.

They live in a harsh world, so he can't afford to be soft.

He would stop at nothing to reach his goals...

I tend to get absorbed in the things I'm interested in as well, so I know how he feels.

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Your love for idols is pretty amazing.
【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Minori loves idols! Your love, we can feel too!
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Fufu, thank you. I think so too. However...

Getting absorbed in something can make it so that you can't focus on anything else.

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Forgetting yourself in something isn't all bad, but...

If someone gets too lost in something, they'll lose sight of the important things close to them.

Then they realize it once it's all over... That sort of thing happens too.

And if they lose themselves while forgetting their surroundings, then later see the results of that...

...I'm sure they'd feel very regretful.

I think they would feel lonely, most of all.

So maybe Hisataka won't be able to smile in the end...

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png M-Minori-san...?
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png ...Just kidding! Sorry for setting a strange mood.

It looks like I empathize a bit too much with my role. Forget about what I just said!

【Moral Code】Pierre T.png ...It's okay, Minori!

【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Kyoji, me, both love Minori.

That we love Minori, Minori knows too!

I think Minori is loving both of us, too. So it is okay! We will not go away!

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png Haha, he was talking about his role, y'know... But still, I feel the same way.

We're not planning on leaving you...

If you ever lose sight of something, we'll let you know.

【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Yes! When I notice, I will be doing lots and lots of appeal!
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png Kyoji, Pierre... Thanks so much, you two!
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo T.png You're cheerful all of the sudden. Well, I'm glad you're smiling now.
【Moral Code】Pierre T.png Yay! Minori's smile, I love! So I'm happy!
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe T.png (I can't lose sight now... for their sake, and mine.)

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo+ T.png ...We will be filming the middle of the movie now.
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png Finally, the battle between Hatasu-gumi and Baito-gumi begins! We better watch out!
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "So this's Baito-gumi's turf. This is an ideal place for a live."

"For our first live here, I'll be standin' on stage!"

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo+ T.png "Well then, shall we begin? Hatasu-gumi's guerilla live!"
【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png "Those guys from Hatasu-gumi are messing with us, right in front of our eyes...!"

"Bring me my tools, you guys! I'm going to tear their live to shreds!"

【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki+ T.png "I won't let you interfere with Boss' live! I'll face off with you!"
【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png "Tch, outta my way!"
【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo+ T.png "Mwahaha... The guerilla live was a success."
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "Hatasu-gumi will be takin' Tokyo! Take that, Sunaba-san!"

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png "...Boss. Hatasu-gumi's been pushing their luck lately."
【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png "They've been holding as many guerilla lives as they please on our turf... It's a declaration of war!"

"I've run out of patience. Let's go beat them to a pulp, Boss!"

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png "Ochimae! It's a million years too soon for a small fry like you to tell the boss what you think we should do!"
【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png "P-please forgive me, sir... I let myself get too heated."
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "Don't get so mad, Tenmei. What Ochimae's saying is reasonable."
【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png "Sir! Then that means...
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "Indeed. We'll show them what happens when you mess with our turf."
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png "(As usual, the boss is kind to Ochimae, his apprentice since he was young...)"

"(He's terrifying, but... he's human too...)"

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo+ T.png "People all around are incredibly excited about our guerilla live."

"Our goods are raking in the dough as well... Man, I just can't stop smiling."

【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki+ T.png "But sir... don't you think that we're sabotaging Baito-gumi a bit too much?"

"We don't have to take it this far...

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "How kind of you, Tora. Listen, there's no room for mercy in our line of work."

"I will use any means necessary to become number one in Kanto. Tokyo'll be ours...!"

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png I just got a letter from my grandpa, and he said he saw the promo video.

He said, "seeing your face cheered me up, so do your best over there"!

【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki+ T.png That's great, Daigo-kun!
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png Yeah! For now, I can't go back to Hiroshima, but... please watch me, Grandpa!

【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo+ T.png "Hah, hah... urgh...
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki+ T.png "Taro! Where'd you get that injury...?! I'll call an ambulance!"
【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo+ T.png "Stop it, you idiot... A little wound like this won't make me croak...
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "...Who was it? Who did this to you, Taro?!"
【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo+ T.png "An assassin from Baito-gumi... Ochimae... I'm sorry, sir... I messed up...
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki+ T.png "That damn Baito-gumi...!"

"Baito-gumi's shaky because of the guerilla lives and sabotaging we've been doing...

"Now's the time to strike, Boss!"

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "...It'll be a raid... We'll get even with the guys who laid hands on our Taro!"
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki+ T.png Our final fight with Baito-gumi is coming up, right? I'm so excited!
【Moral Code】Kazuki Tsukumo+ T.png ...Taro has withdrawn from the war. My time on screen ends here... I'll leave the rest to you two.

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png "Boss, we were able to crash Hatasu-gumi's live with a few of our henchmen."

"Also... about the frequent malfunctions our equipment has been having...

"We found the cause. It was all part of Hatasu-gumi's plan."

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "So Hatasu-gumi's being that underhanded to try and climb to the top, huh...

"Those bastards...! Now you've made me mad, Hatasu-gumi!"

【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png "I'm bored of all the quarreling we've been doing up until now! It's time for war, war!"
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "Let's do that then. Now, it appears that they've come all the way here for us!"
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png "It looks like they've surrounded the estate...

"Men! Let's show them a warm welcome! Don't let them leave this place alive!"

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png It's finally the final fight. There's going to be even more intense action from here on out...
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png That's right. Let's do our best to show their way of life, all the way until the end!

【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png "What's wrong, Hatasu-gumi?! Is that all you've got? Come at me!"


【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "Well, aren't ya hot-headed... But that just means ya were easy to aim for."

"I gave ya a bullet. That was for my Taro, ya bastard!"

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "Ochimaeee!"
【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png "...Sorry, Boss... All I ever did was cause problems for you...

"I'm really happy... that you found me... Boss...

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "......Fuchimaaa! How dare you do this to Ochimae... I'll never forgive you!"
【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki+ T.png "Hey you, I won't let you get to my boss!"
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png "I can handle him...! Boss, don't worry about me, just go!"
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png Hisataka never would have imagined that his beloved Ochimae would die...
【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png My turn, done now! I am cheering for everyone! Do your best!

【Moral Code】Ryo Akizuki+ T.png "Urgh... You did it... Tsuragase...!!"
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png "You just witnessed Baito-gumi's hidden strength... but... this is as far as I can go... as well...
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "We're the only ones left... Let's go, Sunaba-san!"
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "Arghhhh!"
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "Ugh!"

"...We'll use any means to climb to the top..."

"Don't ya think we're alike in that way, Sunaba-san?!"

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "Both of us have done things that would send us straight to Hell...

"However, we... Baito-gumi, live life without casting away our moral code!"

【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "Ya can throw that moral code to the dogs! The last one standin' will be the greatest one alive...!"
【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png "I've had enough... Shut up! The one who will rule over the idols will be me!"
【Hatasu Group Chief】Daigo Kabuto+ T.png "Ya stole my line...! Sunaba...!! I'm gonna end ya!!"

【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png "Since then... one year has already passed."

"On that day... my boss and Fuchima reached the end of their fierce battle with a simultaneous strike."

"I escaped death in my fight with Minamiya-san. I saw the whole thing."

"...I cleaned up the mess left from our conflict with Hatasu-gumi, then I became the boss of Baito-gumi."

"Boss and Ochimae were both driven mad... by a demon that took the form of the era we live in."

"I will absolutely end this era of intense conflict between idols within my lifetime...

"That is my offering to you, Boss."

【Moral Code】Pierre+ T.png The end, there is only Tenmei... Baito-gumi is being lonely.
【Moral Code】Kyoji Takajo+ T.png Yeah, you're right...

He continues living, carrying the dreams of Hisataka and Ochimae with him.

【Baito Group Chief】Minori Watanabe+ T.png (Carrying their dreams with him... huh. Yeah...)

(I started liking idols because of the things my uncle left behind.)

(...Once the movie is released, I think I'll go tell my uncle about it.)

(About how hard I'm working as an idol, thanks to the path he revealed to me.)

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