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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According to a DVD documentary "The Making of Shogun", Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Albert Finney were all considered for the role of Blackthorne. Connery was James Clavell's choice for the role, but turned it down. See more »

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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 »

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Father Alvito: You are a heretic Dutchman pirate! You're going to die.
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Probably the greatest mini-series of our time.
27 April 2005 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I won't waste your time on repeating what the others have said, but I will repeat that this is the best of the best when it comes to modern mini-series. What I would like to see instead of all the stupid reality shows that plague T.V., is a series based on the James Clavell books starting with Shogun A.D.1600, then Tai-Pan A.D. 1841, then move to King Rat A.D. 1945, Noble House A.D. 1963, and finish with Whirlwind A.D.1979. The dates are from WhirlWind, the fifth novel in the Asian Saga. Since this will probably never happen, pick-up Shogun, Tai-Pan, and King Rat as they are all available in either DVD or VHS. Richard Chamberlain and Yoko Shimada are truly terrific together. They play their parts so well, that you can't help but to be drawn into their lives. Having lived in Japan for three years, Shogun had special meaning to me, but anyone who loves action and a good romance will not be disappointed. Please check it out. No flaws in this one.


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