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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1980  
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Director: Shinji Imaoka
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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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Storyline

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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15 September 1980 (USA)  »

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James Clavell's Shogun  »

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Just one week before production, the Japanese actress chosen for the role of Mariko left the project as she was a singer and had to go on tour. This was a major headache for the team. Still, production was not stopped and a whole month was shot before 'Yoko Shimada' was hired to play Mariko. See more »

Goofs

Anjin-san receives a flintlock pistol as a gift from Lord Toranaga. Flintlock pistols were not in wide use until 1630, thirty years before the show's setting. The wheel lock and match lock pistols and muskets, also used in the show, are correct. Additionally, the Europeans were reluctant to export the latest firearms to Japan, preferring to keep the superior weaponry to themselves. See more »

Quotes

Vasco Rodrigues: Listen to me, you whore-gutted, pock-marked, motherless scum... I need a favor.
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Edited into Shogun (1980) See more »

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BLACKTHORNE'S SHANTY
Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
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Changed my life forever
4 January 2002 | by (Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

Was 11 years old when this was on TV. "Oh you should watch this it's so good," my parents said. So I didn't watch it, of course. Then on Friday night I went in to the bedroom and turned on the set and surfed through the channels to see what was on. Came upon the last episode of Shogun and was transfixed. Yoko Shimada, so beautiful as the character Mariko, captured my young heart, and I was forever in love with Japan. Started reading the book the next day, read EVERYTHING I could get my hands on about Japan, went to Japan as an exchange student, and am now married to a Japanese girl. This is a wonderful story, and Yoko Shimada was the best choice for the part, looking so natural in Kimono. No woman ever showed more grace, except maybe Audrey Hepburn...


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