A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Father Dell'Aqua 5 episodes, 1980
 Captain Ferriera 5 episodes, 1980
Hideo Takamatsu ...
 Lord Buntaro 5 episodes, 1980
 Friar Domingo 5 episodes, 1980
Nobuo Kaneko ...
Hiromi Senno ...
 Pieterzoon 5 episodes, 1980
Eric Richard ...
 Maetsukker 5 episodes, 1980
Steve Ubels ...
Stewart MacKenzie ...
John J. Carney ...
Ian Jentle ...
 Spillbergen 5 episodes, 1980
Mika Kitagawa ...
Seiji Miyaguchi ...
Tôru Abe ...
 Hiromatsu 5 episodes, 1980
Shin Takuma ...
Hyôe Enoki ...
Midori Takei ...
Yumiko Morishita ...
Hiroshi Hasegawa ...
 Galley Captain 5 episodes, 1980
Akira Sera ...
 Old Gardener 5 episodes, 1980
Rin'ichi Yamamoto ...
 Yoshinaka 5 episodes, 1980
Yûko Kada ...
Masumi Okada ...
 Brother Michael 5 episodes, 1980
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Takeshi Ôbayashi ...
Yoshie Kitsuda ...
Masashi Ebara ...
Setsuko Sekine ...
Atsuko Sano ...
 Lady Ochiba 5 episodes, 1980
 Narrator 5 episodes, 1980


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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Release Date:

15 September 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James Clavell's Shogun  »

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(10 episodes)

Sound Mix:

| (Dolby Digital 5.1)| (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)| (Glen Glenn Sound)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just one week before production, the Japanese actress, chosen for the role of Mariko, left the project. 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 Yôko Shimada was hired to play Mariko. See more »


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 »


Vasco Rodrigues: Listen to me, you whore-gutted, pock-marked, motherless scum... I need a favor.
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Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
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The book is better, but not by too much
25 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I saw Shogun when it first came out in '80. I was blown away by the magnitude of this mini-series. It moved me as I hadn't been moved before by a simple TV program. It immerses you into the story in bitchin' fashion. Although it is fiction, writer James Clavell based it on in-depth historical knowledge of 17th century Japan.

It's a long ride (about 10 hours) but I very seldom got bored. This certainly hits home as a mans movie, with all the inherent violence and war that men do, but it also makes clear that women know men, and how to manipulate them. (Guys, they've had us by the short hairs for ages). I've heard there is a horrible 2 hour version of this floating around. Don't bother with that. Check the full 10 hour series to find out who pees on our hero, and why. (You can Google the answer to that, but don't, it will ruin the fun.)

I read the book in '82 and found out how much was missing from the series. Fantastic book! I suggest seeing the series before reading the book, as I did. If you read the book first, I'd imagine you'd be disappointed that the series left out so much information. But seeing the series first is a real eye-opener. I highly recommend it.

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