Shogun (1980)

TV Mini-Series  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History
8.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 8,394 users  
Reviews: 40 user | 26 critic

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

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 02 Mar 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 11 Jul 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 15 Oct 2013
 
a list of 49 titles
created 26 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Shogun" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Shogun (1980– )

Shogun (1980– ) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Shogun.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1980  
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Thorn Birds (TV Mini-Series 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie,... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer
Noble House (TV Mini-Series 1988)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Ian Struan Dunross is chairman of Struan & Co, the oldest and largest of the British-East Asia trading companies. To the Chinese, that also makes him "Tai-Pan" ("supreme leader") of the "... See full summary »

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Deborah Raffin, Ben Masters
Tai-Pan (1986)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Tai-Pan is Chinese for "supreme leader". This is the man with real power to his hands. And such a Tai-Pan is Dirk Struan who is obsessed by his plan to make Hong Kong the "jewel in the ... See full summary »

Director: Daryl Duke
Stars: Bryan Brown, Joan Chen, John Stanton
Shogun (TV Movie 1980)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

Director: Jerry London
Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Actually taking place in the middle of the original Thorn Birds miniseries, which chronicled the love affair of Meggie Cleary and Fr. Ralph de Bricassart from 1920 to 1962, this two-part ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin James Dobson
Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Amanda Donohoe, Paul Bertram
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.

Director: Robert Houston
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki
Centennial (1978–1979)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid-1700s to the late-1970s.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Barbara Carrera, Richard Chamberlain
Dr. Kildare (1961–1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The dramatic relationship between a young medical intern and his surgeon mentor.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Raymond Massey, Jean Inness
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata
The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie 1977)
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Louis XIV of France and his attempts to keep his identical twin brother Philippe imprisoned away from sight and knowledge of the public, and Philippe's rescue by the aging ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jourdan
Drama | History

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 »

Two Marriages (1983–1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

This series follows two families, the Daleys and the Armstrongs, who are neighbors. The Daleys are a blended family, Ann is a construction engineer who has a son Scott from a previous ... See full summary »

Stars: Louanne, Tom Mason, Karen Carlson
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Anjin-san / ... (5 episodes, 1980)
...
 Lord Yoshi Toranaga (5 episodes, 1980)
...
 Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko (5 episodes, 1980)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

All the conflict, adventure and intrigue of feudal Japan ... See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

15 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James Clavell's Shogun  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(10 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The location used for Osaka castle is in fact Himeji Castle. See more »

Goofs

After the storm at sea, Rodrigues is recovering and tells Blackthorn, "There's a bottle of grog over there. Bring it to me." The term "grog" came from British Admiral Edward Vernon, for whom Washington's estate "Mount Vernon" was named. Vernon habitually wore a coat made of "grogham," a coarse cloth of the 17th Century. He was referred to by his men as "Old Grogham." Vernon disapproved of the British Navy's tradition of giving the sailors a daily ration of rum. He watered down the rum that was passed out to the men. The men derisively referred to this watered rum ration as "grog." Thus the term "grog" did not enter the language until the 1760s and would not have been used in 1600. See more »

Quotes

Vasco Rodrigues: Listen to me, you whore-gutted, pock-marked, motherless scum... I need a favor.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

BLACKTHORNE'S SHANTY
Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Rich and fulfilling, a great adaptation of Clavell's masterpiece
2 February 2006 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

In 1976, James Clavell wrote an epic masterpiece: the story of Blackthorne, an English sailor lost in Feudal Japan. He gradually finds his place, oft the central pawn of political intrigues between various foreign powers and the local warlords. In 1980, this miniseries was unleashed on the world and created a whole new audience for the mammoth bestseller. No small feat considering the length and complexity of Clavell's 1200+ page door-stopper. Clocking in at almost 10 hours, this mega-budgeted series delivers the goods. People who have seen "The Last Samurai" might see a few plot similarities (even in certain smaller details: Tom Cruise sports exactly the same haircut as Richard Chamberlain). With all respect for the 2003 film, Shogun is far out of it's reach.

Richard Chamberlain embodies Blackthorne to perfection, successfully gaining our empathy through an ambiguous yet very human performance. Supporting him are Japanese icon Toshiro Mifune as the shrewd warlord and aspiring shogun Torunaga, who befriends/manipulates Blackthorne, and Yoko Shimada as Blackthorne's translator, confident and friend. Every actor gives life to Clavell's carefully drawn and layered characters (most of all a very bombastic John Rhys-Davies). For a television miniseries, the technical specs are quite surprisingly good. Indeed the budget must have been quite important (and set a record at the time) but never is the story or it's rhythm scarified to show-off. The direction and photography are quite tasteful, often reminiscent of early Kurosawa, only in color. Maurice Jarre's score might not reach the lofty heights of his work for David Lean but it serves it's purpose.

Many will tell you that the book is better. It is certainly more intimate and detailed, but a more faithful and excellent adaptation of such a rich book you are not likely to see anytime soon. For anyone with a taste for epics, Japan or just plain good entertainment, this is essential viewing.


38 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Blackthorne too modern + gentle!! bkdsl
Chamberlain -- WRONG!!!! marjoriem
Why do people believe Shogun is so great? big_algti
Remake possibilities? Katya0779
I don't understand the ending springxtime
Time for a remake? eddiec-1
Discuss Shogun (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?