The Dragon brothers lived long together under the protection and concealment of the Shimada Clan in Japan.
Hanzo Shimada had been raised as a skillful bowman with modern martial art, and was expected to surpass his younger brother Genji Shimada, in order to lead the Shimada Clan in the far future.
Genji Shimada had been raised as an agile swordsman, with the traditional training of a shinobi.
The Shimada Clan cherished sheer strength and disciplines. The big brother Hanzo was very well mannered and struck hard to become the leader that the Clan expected him to be. However, the youthful younger brother, Genji, was playful and disobedient.
One day, Genji saved a girl on his way home, and the maiden asked to stay with him in the Shimada Clan, without knowing Genji’s secret identity. The girl was attacked by Yakuza for her shady past with them, Genji sympathized with her ,and proposed to the clan and asked for this girl to be with him for a while in order to go under water from the Yakuza. The clan regarded such proposal as weakness because the clan was no charity shelter for poor souls, even with bad blood. Later that night, Hanzo came to Genji and tried to convince him to drop the girl out of the clan, however, Genji refused. They got into a fight on the disciplines and values of the clan, but Genji was more of a sympathetic person in contrast to his stone-cold big brother.
After that night, Genji put the girl inside a far-flung cabin of the clan, and started to take care of her being from day to day.
A month later, just as Genji sneaked his meal back to the cabin in late night, he saw the door unlocked. With cautions, he slowly paved his way into the room and tried to sense any uncanny occurrence, but the only thing he saw, was an empty cabin with the wind blowing in.
“I knew it! Hanzo must have taken her somewhere else. The clan is definitely cooking up something with her and there is no time for me to hesitate.” Thought Genji.
Genji rushed into Hanzo’s room,
“Where is she?! I knew you took her away, but she is my responsibility, not yours!”
“Calm down, Genji, what are you talking about?”
“You know what I am talking about! The girl!”
“What girl?” Said Hanzo with contempt, “I’ve never laid my eyes on that girl you saved since the night we fought.”
“Genji, we’ve talked about this. Bringing that girl to the clan is a serious threat to our clan’s being as the Yakuza may target us as an enemy, and we don’t want anything to do with them. Plus, saving her was never on the book of our teaching by the elders. This clan values strength, and disciplines.”
“That’s none of your god damn business! I saved that woman, that poor woman. Whose parents were murdered and husband was enslaved by the Yakuza. I thought mother’s teaching was to be an honorable person and help others in need. Have you forgotten all that Hanzo?”
“No, Genji, mother’s words are like wind that still breezes by from time to time. I miss her, just as much as you do. However, the elders want us to be the leaders one day in this clan in order to lead everyone into the same direction. And for that, we need sharp skills and cold minds. Saving that woman, was a wrong decision, and taking that woman back to the clan was a stupid move, even you were already opposed by many elders!”
“Hanzo, we’ve had enough of this conversation. Just tell me, where is she?!”
“You think I don’t know you’ve been hiding her inside the clan ever since? But Genji, I am no monster, I am your brother. And unfortunately so, I don’t know where she is.”
Genji pulled out his knife towards his brother, Hanzo, with gazing eyes and angry stance, “Don’t play games with me Hanzo, I know you took her. Where, is she?”
“Genji, calm down. I do not have the knowledge of her whereabouts. The elders don’t know this, and I’ve never tried putting any strings over your operation here since the day. That woman was related to the Yakuza, maybe her disappearance has something to do with that.”
“Hanzo, you are always the cold-minded one aren’t you? That’s it, I’m leaving. Mother taught me to be standing up for others when it’s needed, I’m gonna find that girl, and I am coming for you for the seat of the clan!” Words dropped, Genji swooped by Hanzo and disappeared in the far sight.
“Genji, stop chasing her! She is not worth it! The clan will prohibit this!” Shouted Hanzo.
A week later, Hanzo was informed by his servant the shocking message from the Yakuza.
“If you want your brother, come to this location at 10 pm.”
“My stupid brother.” Said Hanzo. Thus, Hanzo picked up his bow and ventured forth towards that location alone without telling the elders.
10 PM, the skyscraper of Kyoto.
Hanzo looked up to a fortress heavily guarded by men in black and tattoos. All of the patrols are armed, as Hanzo is planning his way inside the building, he saw a woman sauntering out to a balcony smoking.
“That girl! She’s here. And she’s untouched, but where is Genji?” As Hanzo wondering this, a guard spotted this bowman outside the ring. However, they did not raise their guns, instead, all come align in parallel positions to welcome his appearance.
“Young Master of the Shimada Clan, we welcome you as a guest to the headquarter of Kyoto.”
“This, is, mostly unexpected.” Hanzo sheathed his bow, and followed the path the servants showed him.
Through elevator, Hanzo went into the 12th floor and braced with a shining palace-like hall.
A person with sunglasses stood right across him, and several heavily armed guards beside him.
“Welcome, Hanzo Shimada. We’ve been expecting you here.”
“I’ve received your message, Tenshi. What do you need for in order to exchange, Genji?”
“Wow, cut to chase huh? I like you, Hanzo. But, we don’t talk about business before we have some fun. That, is the rule.” The man in sunglasses presented Hanzo a way to his upper cabin.
It’s a cabin filled with cold air, everything looks like shadows under the full moon.
Tenshi sat down like a boss, and by then, a glamorous woman slowly paced her way to his embrace.
“You! You were the girl saved by Genji! How are you here!? And what is this!?”
“Chill out, Shimada. Let’s have some fun before we begin all of this.” Tenshi tilted his glasses a bit, raised a glass and pointing at Hanzo with contempt.
“What do you mean chill out?! My brother is in your hand and now this!? What is going on, why is Genji still not showing up?”
“Alright, alright, tough guy. You want Genji so bad. I’ll give him to you, but under one condition.”
“You step down as the leader of your clan.”
“And if I don’t do that?” Hanzo chewed out a few words as his veins popping out.
“Then you, shall kill Genji.”
“There is no way I am going to do either of that!”
“Shimada, we are strong. And we’ve seen you as a thorn for a long time in Kyoto area. You think I don’t know the inside out of your clan? We can wipe you out as many times as we want, if, I, want to.
But I don’t. Because I believe, an obedient clan is better than no clan.”
“Oh, Tenshi. So that’s why. This woman was the agent you installed inside our clan for this whole time! You used her to spy on us! Tenshi, this can mean war! Do you want war with the Shimada Clan!?”
“That’s why you are here. Hanzo Shimada. We got leverage on you. We have, Genji. If you don’t want to give it up on him, step down and let us take control of the clan.”
“And I was not used, I was appointed a mission, handsome.” That woman chimed in.
“Impossible. As the leader of the clan, I refuse your request. Genji is a spoiled child, but he does not deserve a death by his own kin. And I, would not do it!”
“Shimada, remember who you are talking to. We can force you in cutting your own kin loose if we want to.”
“You want our family to be split, and you, want to weaken my clan’s power. But this, will do nothing to the Shimada clan! Because we are a clan of strong and disciplined soldiers, we do not tolerate being ‘disobedient’!”
“Now, where, is Genji?!” Hanzo put his hands on his bow.
The man raised his right hand, signaling the guards, “Shimada, watch your move, right now! Step down, or get killed!”
Threatened by a dozen of armed guards, Hanzo felt immense pressure on his next move. He pretended to succumb to the idea of killing Genji so that he can meet him and steal him away.
“Very well Tenshi. You convinced me. Such spoiled child has no place in the Shimada clan, I’ll show no mercy by the teaching of the elders. Show me where Genji is, and I’ll take him out.”
The man frowned and was surprised, “Are you serious, Hanzo Shimada? You would rather kill your own brother than stepping down?”
“Yes.” Hanzo answered firmly.
“Then I shall show you where he is.”
Hanzo followed the crew to the rooftop of the building. It was full moon that night, not high noon, but high moon. The moonlight slowly teared the shadow apart, an image slowly displayed as Hanzo was appalled to see.
Hanzo rushed to Genji’s side. “Genji, are you alright? What did they do to you?”
“Hanzo… Don’t, listen to them… I… made a mistake. Forgive me…” There was obvious evidence of torture, Genji splurted the words one by one.
“Listen Genji, I need you to cooperate with me right now. Ima get you outta here as soon as possible, but you need to play with me.” Hanzo whispered into Genji’s ear.
“Shimada, start your execution right now, or, we shoot you to death.”
“Wait, I’ll do it. But you need to let me check on my brother first!”
“Shimada, NOW! If you don’t do it, we’ll do it for you! It’s either one of you dropped dead tonight, until we gain full control of your god damn clan!”
As the moment, a helicopter afar suddenly dropped in. A man with black kimono came out of the helicopter.
“To what do we owe the honor. Ryūichirō Shimada?”
“Tenshi, spare my foolish sons. What do you want?”
“Father! Just a second, Genji is now able to move, we can get out of here and burn this place down!” Hanzo shouted to his father.
“Ryuichiro, I want your clan. Tonight, either one of your sons is going down no matter what you do. Your clan, is mine!”
“Huhmmm” Ryuichiro chuckled, “How dare you threaten me to my face while both of my sons are pointed guns by yours!”
The man caved a little, then came back with “Shimada, do you know the difference between us and you? You don’t stand a chance in biting us, you will get obliterated the second you start a war.
Now, we are mercy enough to let you have your own clan. But either one of your sons must be removed. Either Hanzo steps down as the leader, or, make Genji disappeared…”
“How dare you to say that to me and my father’s face!” Hanzo was raging, lashed out his bow and prepared to strike a Dragonstrike towards Tenshi. Meanwhile, everybody raised their guns at Hanzo and almost pulled their triggers.
“Ryū ga waga…!”
“Don’t! Hanzo!” Ryuichiro raised his left hand to signal Hanzo to stand down.
“Well played Tenshi. I am old, and I want both of my sons’ companies in my final years to come. Take it as my personal bias towards my sons instead of the clan.
Now, Hanzo formally steps down as the leader of the Shimada clan. The elders have given me the authority.”
“And the Shimada Clan is now at the disposal of Yakuza Kyoto.”
“Well played Ryuichiro. Well played. Men! Stand down, the business is over.” Tenshi signaled all the guards to stand down and waved them dismissed.
Before leaving, Tenshi taunted the fact that now he owned Shimada Clan, “It’s happy doing business with you, Ryuichiro.” With one eyebrow up and a smug face, Tenshi left.
Hanzo picked up Genji and moved to his father’s side slowly.
“Are you ok Genji?” Said the loving father.
“Father I’m ok. But… I’m sorry father. Sorry, Hanzo.”
“You’re just like your mother, Genji. Now let’s go, there shall be not a second for us to stand on this stinky place.”
The family stepped into the helicopter and the helicopter took off and disappeared in the far sight.