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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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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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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In the English-language original version the narration was done by Orson Welles. See more »

Goofs

When Mariko sends the maid to sleep with Blackthorne, she's wearing a bra. 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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Featured in The 33rd Annual Emmy Awards (1981) See more »

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BLACKTHORNE'S SHANTY
Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
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Shogun 1980 - TV mini Series
8 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched the series first in 1991, when satellite TV had just come to UK. All these years I wanted to watch the series, again!

Only this time, I had no idea how much it was going to effect me! Back then, I was eighteen and it seemed just another swash-buckling adventure. Almost a decade later, I could actually see people and their lives! Back to time when honour and shame actually meant life and death!

I even got the audio book! It helped me realise how Jerry London's adaptation remained true 2 the text! The book certainly complements the series and fills in the missing gaps!

James Clavell was captured by the Japanese in Singapore and spent most of the Second World War in captivity. It is quite astonishing that instead of hating his captors he came to admire their culture and simply demonstrate the mutual prejudices of both sides!

With the exception of Toshirô Mifune, it is quite disheartening to find hardly anything on the Japanese cast of the series! After much search I came across a small passage on Yoko Shimada , who starred alongside Richard Chamberlain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoko_Shimada

Miko Taka, Lord Toranaga's (Toshirô Mifune) consort starred alongside Marlon Brando in the movie Sayonara 1957! And yet there's nothing on her, either.

It's been said that Yoko Shimada was the only Japanese, speaking English in the series. But, that is not true! Further down the line, a Jesuit Japanese priest appears, who also speaks English!


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