Heroes and Villains: Season 1, Episode 6

Shogun (1 Apr. 2008)

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The tale of Samurai and their leaders Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida who were locked into a power struggle after the death of the Taiko, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Ieyasu's and Mistunari's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Mitsunari Ishida
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Hideaki Kobayakawa
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Naomasa Ii
Hiroshi Katsuno ...
Mototada Torii
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Ukita (as Henry Hayashi)
Koh Takeuchi ...
Hidetada Tokugawa
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Kohei Mima ...
Tadayoshi Matsudaira
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Kagaketsu
Takahiro Hotta ...
Nobuyasu
Yusuke Tochio ...
Hideyori Toyotomi
Hiroaki Watanabe ...
Hidetada's aide
Michihiro Kinoshita ...
Ieyasu general
Toshiyuki Sasaki ...
Ieyasu general
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The tale of Samurai and their leaders Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida who were locked into a power struggle after the death of the Taiko, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Ieyasu's and Mistunari's actions would develop into one of the biggest rivals in world history as Ieyasu increased his power over Japan, Mitsunari would secretly rally an army of rebels in hopes into overthrow Ieyasu, but it would be the Taiko's Nephew, Hideyaki and his forces who would not only escalate a civil war, but during the battle of Sekigahara the biggest samurai battle in Japanese history, would make a decision that would realize Ieyasu's power over Japan and create his Shogunate. Written by John Wiggins

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The kind of suicide that Nobuyasu performs is called Seppuku (or Harakiri), where the person takes a dagger, shoves it in his stomach and slices it across the stomach. See more »

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During the battle of Sekigahara, it was either partly cloudy or cloudy. According to Japanese records, on the day of the battle it was foggy and there was also some rain happening as well. See more »

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Tokugawa - Ieyasu: [after the battle of Sekigahara] See that he does it, make sure he acts like a true Samurai, like his brother did.
Naomasa: [Walks toward Hidetada and then walks back] You don't have to do this. After what happened now makes you the most powerful man in Japan. No one is making you do this.
Hidetada: [Seeing Ieyasu walk toward him] I'm sorry, father. I know my duty.
[Pulls out a Tanto and puts it against his neck]
Tokugawa - Ieyasu: 20 years ago, I had to prove my loyalty, and I lost a son. Now, my loyatly is to my family.
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A stellar representation of one of the greatest stories ever told
26 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

OK, so the 10 I rated it might be a tad overrated in most peoples' eyes, but this episode left me speechless and in awe. The intricate political intrigue takes viewers on a journey into the leading hearts and minds of medieval/renaissance Japan that will determine the fate of the nation for centuries to come. The acting is so convincing that I feel like I'm observing the actual events as they unfold.

BBC did a great job of keeping the tension high at the right points, the sound/music is inspiring, and all of the special effects look convincing. The Samurai Bushido code plays a major role here as Ieyasu Tokugawa and Ishida Mitsunari battle it out for the title of Shogun, climaxing with the Battle of Sekigahara that all centers around a young man's very heart and soul. Loyalty is the principle here: does one rely on family ties or bonds forged from a the blazing crucible of war? Find out in this episode of Heroes and Villains. It's worth your while.


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