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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 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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James Clavell's Shogun  »

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Trivia

Luca Bercovici, son of scriptwriter Eric Bercovici, was hired as dialogue coach for 'Yoko Shimada'. There were some words she was not able to pronounce so they were changed to tailor the script for her. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot, when the last of the five remaining Dutch vessels sails the Pacific, it carries the Dutch flag, red stripe on top, white in the middle and bottom's blue. This is "in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and ninety-eight..." but at that time, the top stripe on the Prince's Flag was orange as it first appeared in the 1570s. It was changed to red in the mid-17th century but it took until 1796, almost a century after the series is supposed to be set, before red white and blue were officially announced to be the official colors. 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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Referenced in The Goldbergs: Family Takes Care of Beverly (2014) 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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