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The story of Louis XIV of France and his attempts to keep his identical twin brother Philippe imprisoned away from sight and knowledge of the public, and Philippe's rescue by the aging ... See full summary »
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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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The ship used to play the Erasmus was called The Golden Hinde. It was hired in London and it sailed to Yokohama via San Francisco. This is the same ship used for the Black Ship, so it has to be modified to look different. See more »
When Blackthorne is talking in the garden of Osaka Castle, the top of a telephone pole can be seen behind Lord Toranaga and Lady Mariko. See more »
I haven't seen the original 10-part, 10-hour mini-series, but the 2 hour condensed version is appaling. How did they think they could chop 10 hours into 2? The plot is impossible to follow; nothing is explained, and all the main events have no discernable meaning. The most ridiculous representation of how this film was cut down, is a scene of the two main characters in bed together, when 5 minutes earlier she explained why they could never be together! The ending involves numerous battles in which the viewer has no idea who is fighting who. A flat-out horrible movie. It's like watching the chopped up version of Once Upon a Time in America but 100 times worse.
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