A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.
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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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 Yabu (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Father Dell'Aqua (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Father Alvito (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Vasco Rodrigues (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Captain Ferriera (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Omi (5 episodes, 1980)
Hideo Takamatsu ...
 Lord Buntaro (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Friar Domingo (5 episodes, 1980)
Nobuo Kaneko ...
 Ishido (5 episodes, 1980)
Hiromi Senno ...
 Fujiko (5 episodes, 1980)
George Innes ...
 Vinck (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Father Sebastio (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Pieterzoon (5 episodes, 1980)
Eric Richard ...
 Maetsukker (5 episodes, 1980)
Steve Ubels ...
 Roper (5 episodes, 1980)
Stewart MacKenzie ...
 Croocq (5 episodes, 1980)
John J. Carney ...
 Gingel (5 episodes, 1980)
Ian Jentle ...
 Salamon (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Spillbergen (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Specz (5 episodes, 1980)
Mika Kitagawa ...
 Kiku (5 episodes, 1980)
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
 Muraji (5 episodes, 1980)
Tôru Abe ...
 Hiromatsu (5 episodes, 1980)
Shin Takuma ...
 Naga (5 episodes, 1980)
Hyôe Enoki ...
 Jirobei (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Kiri (5 episodes, 1980)
Midori Takei ...
 Sono (5 episodes, 1980)
Ai Matsubara ...
 Rako (5 episodes, 1980)
Yumiko Morishita ...
 Asa (5 episodes, 1980)
Hiroshi Hasegawa ...
 Galley Captain (5 episodes, 1980)
Akira Sera ...
 Old Gardener (5 episodes, 1980)
Rin'ichi Yamamoto ...
 Yoshinaka (5 episodes, 1980)
Yûko Kada ...
 Sazuko (5 episodes, 1980)
Masumi Okada ...
 Brother Michael (5 episodes, 1980)
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
 Zataki (5 episodes, 1980)
Takeshi Ôbayashi ...
 Urano (5 episodes, 1980)
Yoshie Kitsuda ...
 Kyoko (5 episodes, 1980)
Masashi Ebara ...
 Suga (5 episodes, 1980)
Setsuko Sekine ...
 Genjiko (5 episodes, 1980)
Atsuko Sano ...
 Lady Ochiba (5 episodes, 1980)
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 Narrator (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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The epic adventure of feudal Japan, its magnificent warriors and a love it would not allow. See more »


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15 September 1980 (USA)  »

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James Clavell's Shogun  »

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(10 episodes)

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Trivia

Will Adams, the real-life English sea Captain and adventurer, who made it to Japan in the sixteenth century, has a street named after him in Japan: Anjin-Cho. See more »

Goofs

The Portuguese Governor of Macau and captain of the "Black Ship", is named "Ferriera". That name doesn't exist - it is an obvious confusion with "Ferreira", one of the most common Portuguese surnames. 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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BLACKTHORNE'S SHANTY
Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
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Cool introduction to Clavell
14 April 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

One of the most famous mini-series in television history, "James Clavell's Shogun" tells the epic tale of an English pilot who is washed up on the shores of Japan in the 17th century and becomes involved in the local political struggles. "Shogun" proves to be both an engrossing story, and a fascinating piece of television history.

Based on the life of the English navigator William Adams, "Shogun" is a complex story that explores both the political struggles of Feudal Japan, as well as analyzes the cultural differences of East vs. West. The story revolves around Pilot Major John Blackthorne, played by Richard Chamberlain. Coerced by Catholic Portuguese missionaries, with whom the English were at war, the Japanese authorities, or daimyos, throw the shipwrecked Blackthorne and his ailing crew into prison, and torture them as pirates. We soon learn that Lord Toranaga, the most powerful daimyo in Japan, is in the midst of a power struggle that could possibly lead him to be Shogun--the most powerful military ruler in Japan. In a final interview before his execution, Toranaga sees Blackthorne as valuable, and he spares the Englishman's life. Toranaga decides to employ him in training his troops in the Western methods of battle to help them prepare for the upcoming war against his rival, Ishido. Along the way, the audience is given a fascinating introduction to Feudal Japan through Blackthorne's eyes.

Shot entirely in Japan, director Jerry London took great care in using authentic costumes and believable sets. The casting is commendable, with Richard Chamberlain embodying the perfect Blackthorne (his performance garnered an Emmy nomination in 1980). Lord Toranaga is played masterfully by Toshiro Mifune, who also appeared in Akira Kurasawa classics such as Yojimbo and The Hidden Fortress.

Without a doubt, "James Clavell's Shogun" is worth a watch.


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