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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mitsunari Ishida
Hideaki Kobayakawa
Naomasa Ii
Hiroshi Katsuno ...
Mototada Torii
Ukita (as Henry Hayashi)
Koh Takeuchi ...
Hidetada Tokugawa
Kohei Mima ...
Tadayoshi Matsudaira
Takahiro Hotta ...
Yusuke Tochio ...
Hideyori Toyotomi
Hiroaki Watanabe ...
Hidetada's aide
Michihiro Kinoshita ...
Ieyasu general
Toshiyuki Sasaki ...
Ieyasu general


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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Did You Know?


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 »


The narrator made numerous errors at the end of the show. First he stated that Ieyasu earned the title of the Shogun after he defeated Hideyori, the Tokugawa Shogunate was established in 1603, and the Seige of Osaka Castle was in 1614, 11 years after the Shogunate was established. Second he stated that the Shogunate would rule unchallenged for the next 250 years, again false. In 1638, Japanese Christians rose up in revolt against the Shogunate in Shimabara, sparking the Shumabara Rebellion. See more »


Tokugawa - Ieyasu: See that he does it, make sure he acts like a true samurai, like his brother did.
Naomasa: [Walking towards Hidetada, and then back inside with Tokugawa] You don't have to do this, your victory will make you the most powerful man in Japan. No one is making you do this.
[Tokuogawa walks towards Hidetada]
Hidetada: I'm sorry, father. I know my duty.
[Takes a dagger out of its holster and puts it against his neck]
Tokugawa - Ieyasu: 20 years ago, I had to prove my loyalty, and I lost a son. Now, my loyalty 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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