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In the 16th Century, a Dutch ship sails the Pacific from the Americas in order to escape the Spanish. Blackthorn is the pilot of the ship and the first to realize the possibilities of Japan. Japan is a feudal society which has a strong presence of the Portugese. A struggle is in the final stages for who will be the Shogun, the leader who, under the emperor, governs the land. Toranaga sees in Blackthorn things he can use to at least survive the struggle to come, and if both play their hands correctly, become Shogun. Written by
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English actors were hired for the entire 6 months that production was going to take. It was not possible to do the same with the Japanese ones, specially 'Toshiro Mifune', so during filming there was a constant negotiation about his availability as shooting schedule depended on it. Apparently at some moments negotiations became very tight and tense See more »
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Both for people having read the book and for those who hasn't
This is absolutely a brilliant interpretation of the 1100 page book by James Clavell. Of course some details are left out, but I reckon only one time in the movie are you in doubt of whats going on (I am referring to the episode where Toranaga tries to escape the Ishido castle).
The movie is very close to the book, which for me, was a positive experience.
The story is well told and good acting is shown through the whole movie. The nature of the movie is, that when having watched an episode it is very hard not to see the following and the following and so on.
Are you into samurai stuff this is clearly a cool movie - note however, that there are not many battle scenes.
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