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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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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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The garden where Lord Toranaga with a little boy meets Blackthorn is Genkyu-en Garden in Hikone. So the castle at the backdrop of the garden is Hikone Castle. See more »

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Father Alvito: You are a heretic Dutchman pirate! You're going to die.
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This movie rocks
24 October 2004 | by (Now here is Nowhere) – See all my reviews

This movie should not be compressed into 2 hours. The 80 dollar DVD box set that I bought is totally worth it. 9 hours, on five discs, its a great film, and you should watch it all at once. The narrator does a great job of, well, narrating, but the voice is perfect for the setting, and so is the music. The film is very convincing of the surroundings and of the times. I am very pleased with the balance of fiction and historical accuracy portrayed in this film. The book should also be read, if you've the time or patience. The film "The Last Samurai" is reminiscent of James Clavell's work, I suggest you see that movie also. The portrayal of a Dutch crew and their captain first reaching Japan, while fiction, the reactions and manner in which Blackthorne is received could be torn from the pages of history.


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