Shogun (1980)

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A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.

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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Set in the 17th Century, the story is told from the perspective of British hero John Blackthorne, a sailor who rises from outsider to samurai, while being used as a pawn in Japanese leader ... See full summary »

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 Anjin-san / ... (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Lord Yoshi Toranaga (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko (5 episodes, 1980)
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John Blackthorne, an English ship pilot, whose vessel wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early 16th century is forced to deal with the two most powerful men in Japan in these days. He is thrown in the midst of a war between Toranaga and Ishido, who struggle for the title of Shogun which will give ultimate power to the one who possesses it. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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A nation of violence, Samurai warriors ... and forbidden love. See more »


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15 September 1980 (USA)  »

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James Clavell's Shogun  »

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Trivia

The actor playing Yabu, Furankî Sakai, was a well known stand up comedian in Japan and he had none or little experience in dramatic roles. See more »

Goofs

During the earthquake, the sky changes several times between overcast, occasional white clouds and clear blue sky. See more »

Quotes

[after Blackthorne's guard prevented an assassination attempt by Rodrigues]
Pilot-Major John Blackthorne: Captain Yoshinaka was right to search him. Was that your idea?
Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko: Please excuse me, but I was afraid for you.
Pilot-Major John Blackthorne: Sad, isn't it? Not being able to trust anyone.
Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko: It is not sad, Anjin-san. It is just one of life's most important rules.
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Connections

Featured in The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1981) See more »

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BLACKTHORNE'S SHANTY
Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
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Epic, sweeping, amazing.
22 November 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt, this is the best American movie about the Orient that has been ever made. Nothing we Americans will do will ever surpass this. Next to Akira Kurosawa's amazing works, there is Shogun. Shogun is in excellent company.

Do NOT see the shortened version, see all of it. The multi tape version is great; and the single tape mini version is a travesty.


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