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Yoshitsune nods at Benkei's plan. There is no hesitation in the thoughts of the lord and his retainer. The figure of Yoshitsune, disguised as a porter, expresses strong determination.
桜間金太郎、他
"No one will pass." Togashi, the barrier master at Ataka, is tough on Benkei and the others, pressing them on their lives of Buddhist service, before easing up.
津村礼次郎、鏑木岑男、他
But Togashi sets a difficult problem: "If you're collecting donations for Todaiji Temple, you must be able to read the kanjinchō letter of intent." Benkei takes out a scroll.
橋岡久馬
In a loud voice that rings to the heavens, he reads out the kanjinchō. The scroll is a fake, but Benkei is protecting Yoshitsune and there is real sincerity.
津村礼次郎、他
Won over by the spirit of Benkei, Togashi and the other barrier guards can only let them through.
鵜沢郁雄、森常好、他
But their troubles aren't over. Yoshitsune has been noticed.
鵜沢光
What will Benkei do?
鵜沢郁雄、鵜沢光
Thinking only of his lord, Benkei beats him again and again with a staff, holding nothing back.
観世喜之
For Togashi, who is still on the alert, Yoshitsune's retainer puts on a show of temper.
喜多六平太、他
Only Benkei would be able to control his feelings and clear the way for them to get past the barrier.
橋岡久馬、殿田謙吉、他
Permission is given to pass though and Togashu brings a gift of sake to apologize for his rudeness. Benkei responds with a dance, but there is no forgiveness in his heart.
喜多六平太
Hiding the tension, he dances.
関根祥六
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