An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

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Pilot-Major John Blackthorne
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Lord Yoshi Toranaga
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Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
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Lord Yabu
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Father Dell'Aqua
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Friar Domingo
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Captain Ferriera
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Omi
Noburo Kaneko ...
Lord Ishido
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Vinck
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Father Sebastio
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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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James Clavell based the character of John Blackthorne on Will Adams, a real-life English sea Captain and adventurer, whose experiences in late sixteenth century Japan are paralleled by Clavell's story. 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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Not very good if you've seen the miniseries.
31 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Basically, trying to fit a Clavell epic into a 2-hour movie is like trying to fit the entire Sears catalog into a single 30-second ad. While the miniseries is a masterful adaptation, covering all of the essential plotlines and perhaps even adding to the understanding for Mariko's and Blackthorne's relationship, the 2-hour cut is piece-meal and poorly edited. in short, it doesn't make sense, and it doesn't do justice to Clavel's greatest epic.

It is also a great read, by the way.


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