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Shogun (1980)

TV Movie  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  15 September 1980 (USA)
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An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

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Furankî Sakai ...
Lord Yabu
Alan Badel ...
Damien Thomas ...
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Friar Domingo
Vladek Sheybal ...
Yûki Meguro ...
Omi
Noburo Kaneko ...
Lord Ishido
George Innes ...
Vinck
Leon Lissek ...
Father Sebastio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tôru Abe ...
Hiromatsu
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John J. Carney ...
Ginsel
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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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

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All shots said to be of Osaka Castle are in real life of Himeji Castle. See more »

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Father Alvito: You are a heretic Dutchman pirate! You're going to die.
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Easy to lose yourself in the Series.
2 April 2003 | by (Surprise, AZ) – See all my reviews

What an excellent Mini-Series! After reading the book then seeing it come to life on TV, you can lose yourself in the Series. The Casting, Cinematography, Sets, Costumes and Acting were nothing less than Perfect.

You can actually learn some basic Japanese words and phrases from closely reading the book. James Clevell blended the Language lessons into Pilot's training and familiarization so well, you felt like you learned and felt with him. The Series did it almost as well but you were distracted by seeing living, breathing characters. The life and times were hard. The Barbarian world with the Unhealthy and downright odd beliefs and superstitions. Then the Ancient Culture of Japan, Brutal but with much beauty and creativity. Both full of Scheming, Evil, Honorable, Likeable, and Hateful characters.

I consider this the all-time #1 made for TV movie events. Too bad the voting scale only goes to 10.


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