POOL, THE CASTLE – NIGHT
KIRYU is waiting by the pool until TSURUNO arrives from behind.
This place has quite the atmosphere.
Hah! People ain’t comin’ here for the atmosphere.
Exactly why it makes for a safe hideaway.
If you wanted a place with no people, you could’ve found one in Sotenbori.
Why choose to come here?
Because… what I got to tell ya has to do with him.
TSURUNO is looking at the screen behind KIRYU, who turns around to see what TSURUNO means.
Kijin Clan’s Patriarch, Homare Nishitani III is seen on the screen.
That’s the Kijin Clan’s…Patriarch, yep.
Homare Nishitani, a name passed down through the generations.
That one there’s Homare Nishitani III.
Gonna be the biggest obstacle when Patriarch Watase breaks up the Omi Alliance.
…What does that mean?
It’s a long story. Sure ya wanna hear it?
Yes. Go on.
Next month, the boss is gonna be released from prison.
And that very day, he’s headed straight to Omi Alliance HQ, where they’ll all be waitin’ to greet him.
Then he’s gonna go up on stage and address the whole crowd.
They’ll all be expectin’ a speech, a thank you for the warm welcome.
But instead, the boss is gonna read an official statement he sent to the cops, dissolvin’ the Omi Alliance.
That’s how everyone’ll be told the organization’s finished. No warning or nothin’.
Right as the Tojo disappeared and the Omi took Kamurocho, with Japan-wide unification at their fingertips…
Just like that, they lose their organization, their jobs, their livelihoods… Everything.
Whaddaya think’s gonna happen then?
Yeah… Won’t take much for that room to explode like a powder keg. Why would Watase do something like that?
Heh. What, ya think he can just send ’em all an email?
Or maybe he should read it out loud, surrendered by a goddamn police detail.
Nah, ya gotta show you’ve got some stones if you want yakuza to listen.
Anyone’s got a problem, you have ’em say it when and there. The rest get straightened out the hard way.
He could talk all he wanted about breakin’ up the group, but if he didn’t do it like this, nobody’d listen.
Plus, the other bosses would just say they’d go their own way.
But the goal ain’t separation. It’s total dissolution.
I see your point.
That’s why we gotta get more people on our side in the room when it goes down.
Could do with takin’ out some of our more powerful foes then too.
Sure, but… Who’d take your side on something like this?
Daigo Dojima, Goro Majima, Taiga Saejima… And now, Kazuma Kiryu.
Quite the lineup you’ve got.
Well, that’s not all. This next part is top secret.
Right now the Omi Alliance’s actin’ captain is the Tojo Clan traitor, Masumi Arakawa.
But the truth is… He’s with us.
A spy, under secret orders from the Tojo Clan’s Sixth Chairman.
Both the Tojo Clan and Patriarch Watase think yakuza groups are a thing of the past.
Now, cops and politicians can switch yakuza heads around as they like.
And each time they do, it’s the yakuza that beat each other bloody over succession. The herd thins out.
Only future for us there is as playthings for the powers that be.
So before that happens we dissolve the groups and give the yakuza a different option.
And least, that’s what the bosses are plannin’.
Omi’s so big though, it’s too risky bustin’ it up all at once. They gotta do somethin’ to make it safer.
So hat does Arakawa have to do with this?
On the surface, he’s a traitor that sold out the Tojo to the governor’s cleanup plan, lettin’ the Omi move in to claim Kamurocho.
But really that was all to split the Omi’s gangs down the middle, East and West.
All of ’em headin’ to Kamurocho have left Sotenbori at half its former strength.
Arakawa played his part damn near perfect. Almost admirably, y’might say.
Hang on. When did this operation in Kamurocho happen?
That’d be two years ago.
And you’ve been planning the dissolution for that long?
Yep. There’s just one last loose end to tie up.
And it’s why I brought ya here.
This must be where I find out what I have to do.
We gotta get rid of Homare Nishitani III. He’s their patriarch.
As things stand, he’s the only one in the Omi who would stand up to Patriarch Watase.
He talks sh*t about officers who’re only good at makin’ cash, but never a word about the boss and his militant style.
Fact is, Nishitani thinks the sun shines right out his a*s.
Get some drinks in him and the guy starts sobbin’ the same ol’ story ’bout how much he idolizes the man.
He finds out we been plannin’ the dissolution and all that sappy sh*t curdles right over.
Make no mistake, he’ll try to destroy us.
Lots of the boss’ former followers in the Omi would be bound to rally around Nishitani, too.
He’s got that much influence?
Yep. With Nishitani around, the Omi’ll just reform with him at the center instead.
And don’t forget, the Kijin Clan’s specialty is assassination.
They’ll hunt down the boss, me, and all the Tojo Clan brass.
Then we’d be right back at square one.
So you need me to take care of Nishitani before that happens?
Then you should know now that I’m not a killer.
Fine by me. We just need Nishitani outta commission when the announcement’s made.
As long as he doesn’t show, the rest will stay disorganized.
So… Beat him within an inch of his life, then. And before Watase gets out of prison.
Yep. But remember, he’s Patriarch of an Omi Alliance subsidiary.
Come in fists flyin’ or stab him in the back, makes no difference to me.
Long as it can’t be said the Watase Family is the one challenging the Kijin Clan.
Fact is yer a free agent, Kiryu-san. Only you can do this… And ya have to act alone.
Sounds risky. You realize what you’re asking of me?
Heh… Gotta get our 50 billion’s worth, right?
I do know one thing for sure.
If I attack Nishitani here, my only way out is by helicopter.
It’d be better to hit him when he gets off the boat.
True enough. But he’s been livin’ on this tub a year now.
Means he’s settled in real nice.
Way things’re goin’, he won’t leave before the boss gets outta jail.
And we ain’t got that kinda time.
In the background, a steward is carrying a walkie-talkie toward KIRYU and TSURUNO.
All right, then… First, I’ll figure out a way to make him want to leave.
And how the hell ya gonna do that?
You don’t control me just because you paid for my services. I’ll think of something soon enough.
I’m already here, so I can take my time and prepare.
Hm. S’pose that’s true.
The steward has arrived with the walkie-talkie and holds it toward TSURUNO.
Excuse me, Mr. Tsuruno. The owner would like a word.
The owner? You mean…
Mr. Nishitani, yes.
TSURUNO grabs the walkie-talkie and HOMARE starts to talk at the other end.
(through the Walkie-Talkie)
Yo, Tsuruno! Gotta give me a heads up next time. You’re acting like we’re strangers!
HOMARE is waving on the big screen.
My apologies, Patriarch… Just figured you might be busy.
There somethin’ ya need from me?
Boy, have I got a great view right now.
I could blow your head off from here, no scope or anything. What do you think, should I give it a try?
I can come say hello, if that’s what ya’d like?
That’s more like it. Bring Joryu here with you, too.
Hm? Joryu? Uh, not sure what ya mean…
Gimme a goddamn break, Tsuruno. You callin’ me blind?
Not like it’s that f*cking hard. That’s Joryu, all right.
Shishido didn’t introduce us properly. Come and say hi.
Uh, actually, Patriarch…
Joryu’s here on the condition that his identity won’t be revealed.
The Watase Family promised to cover for him. So I’m afraid I can’t.
Oh really? You’re quite the little tease, aren’t you, Tsuruno?
You saying that only makes me wanna know more.
A group of stewards arrive near the pool, ready to fight.
Patriarch…? What is this?
Long as you’re in the Castle, I’m your god.
So keep your nose outta this, Tsuruno. I’ll find out if this really is Joryu… I promise.
Hey, wait -!
The STEWARD takes the walkie-talkie back and joins the group of stewards.
Captain Tsuruno… Your conversation’s over.
Best do as he said and stay out of it.
Very well… Then I guess I have no choice.
KIRYU is joining TSURUNO in front of the group of stewards.
We’ll have to settle things the hard way… As usual.