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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 »
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
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Bleeding fantastic,A story of infinite mystique and intrigue. everyone should watch this beautiful drama based on true stories of 16th century japan, the era of the samurai. James Clavell has created a masterpiece.Packed with weaving story lines to fill up anyones brain.
In this epic show the main character takes you on his journey with him almost literally, you can feel the emotions and will fall in love with these perfectly written characters.
The story takes itself very seriously and at times reveals harsh realities for the English adventurers. they become some of the first people to find the japans; which where said to be a myth for a long time to keep pirates away, and you get to see in detail what discovering a new people/culture could have been like, and what a special culture it is; the way of the samurai. So prepare yourself to be educated and propelled into learning what it means to be samurai and more importantly, Japanese.
Clavell also gives you a taste of what women and non samurai folk go through to uphold their honour as a Japanese person, honour being a very important word here, in fact so important that suicide even comes with the job. Because in japan, everyone has so much belief that everything and everyone has a purpose that the importance of this is just as important as existing. If you don't exist with purpose and self respect of this purpose then you are expected to recognise this and commit sepoku(suicide),(if your not a samurai then this will be done for you). If you don't recognise this then you are not worthy of yourself; therefor must be sent to the afterlife before you disgrace yourself any further.
So who are we to say what is write and what is wrong, see for yourself just what being honourable is all about.
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