A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.
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Complete series cast summary:
Richard Chamberlain ...  Anjin-san / ... 5 episodes, 1980
Toshirô Mifune ...  Lord Yoshi Toranaga 5 episodes, 1980
Yôko Shimada ...  Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko 5 episodes, 1980
Furankî Sakai ...  Yabu 5 episodes, 1980
Alan Badel ...  Father Dell'Aqua 5 episodes, 1980
Damien Thomas ...  Father Alvito 5 episodes, 1980
John Rhys-Davies ...  Vasco Rodrigues 5 episodes, 1980
Vladek Sheybal ...  Captain Ferriera 5 episodes, 1980
Yûki Meguro ...  Omi 5 episodes, 1980
Hideo Takamatsu Hideo Takamatsu ...  Lord Buntaro 5 episodes, 1980
Michael Hordern ...  Friar Domingo 5 episodes, 1980
Nobuo Kaneko Nobuo Kaneko ...  Ishido 5 episodes, 1980
Hiromi Senno Hiromi Senno ...  Fujiko 5 episodes, 1980
George Innes ...  Vinck 5 episodes, 1980
Leon Lissek ...  Father Sebastio 5 episodes, 1980
Edward Peel ...  Pieterzoon 5 episodes, 1980
Eric Richard ...  Maetsukker 5 episodes, 1980
Steve Ubels Steve Ubels ...  Roper 5 episodes, 1980
Stewart MacKenzie Stewart MacKenzie ...  Croocq 5 episodes, 1980
John J. Carney ...  Gingel 5 episodes, 1980
Ian Jentle Ian Jentle ...  Salamon 5 episodes, 1980
Neil McCarthy ...  Spillbergen 5 episodes, 1980
William Morgan Sheppard ...  Specz 5 episodes, 1980
Mika Kitagawa Mika Kitagawa ...  Kiku 5 episodes, 1980
Seiji Miyaguchi Seiji Miyaguchi ...  Muraji 5 episodes, 1980
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe ...  Hiromatsu 5 episodes, 1980
Shin Takuma ...  Naga 5 episodes, 1980
Hyôe Enoki Hyôe Enoki ...  Jirobei 5 episodes, 1980
Miiko Taka ...  Kiri 5 episodes, 1980
Midori Takei Midori Takei ...  Sono 5 episodes, 1980
Ai Matsubara ...  Rako 5 episodes, 1980
Yumiko Morishita Yumiko Morishita ...  Asa 5 episodes, 1980
Hiroshi Hasegawa Hiroshi Hasegawa ...  Galley Captain 5 episodes, 1980
Akira Sera Akira Sera ...  Old Gardener 5 episodes, 1980
Rin'ichi Yamamoto Rin'ichi Yamamoto ...  Yoshinaka 5 episodes, 1980
Yûko Kada Yûko Kada ...  Sazuko 5 episodes, 1980
Masumi Okada Masumi Okada ...  Brother Michael 5 episodes, 1980
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki ...  Zataki 5 episodes, 1980
Takeshi Ôbayashi Takeshi Ôbayashi ...  Urano 5 episodes, 1980
Yoshie Kitsuda Yoshie Kitsuda ...  Kyoko 5 episodes, 1980
Masashi Ebara Masashi Ebara ...  Suga 5 episodes, 1980
Setsuko Sekine Setsuko Sekine ...  Genjiko 5 episodes, 1980
Atsuko Sano Atsuko Sano ...  Lady Ochiba 5 episodes, 1980
Orson Welles ...  Narrator 5 episodes, 1980
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John Blackthorne, an English ship pilot, whose vessel wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early 16th century is forced to deal with the two most powerful men in Japan in these days. He is thrown in the midst of a war between Toranaga and Ishido, who struggle for the title of Shogun which will give ultimate power to the one who possesses it. Written by Harald Mayr <marvin@bike.augusta.de>

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Clavell's Shogun See more »

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Runtime:

(10 episodes)

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Mono | Mono (Dolby Digital 5.1)| DTS (DTS HD MASTER AUDIO 5.1 Mix)| Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A year after the miniseries premiere on American television, Damien Thomas made a guest role in Blake's 7 (1978), season four, episode four, "Stardrive", as Atlan. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shot, when the last of the five remaining Dutch vessels sails the Pacific, it carries the Dutch flag, red stripe on top, white in the middle and bottom's blue. This is "in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and ninety-eight..." but at that time, the top stripe on the Prince's Flag was orange as it first appeared in the 1570s. It was changed to red in the mid-17th century but it took until 1796, almost a century after the series is supposed to be set, before red white and blue were officially announced to be the official colors. See more »

Quotes

Vasco Rodrigues: Listen to me, you whore-gutted, pock-marked, motherless scum... I need a favor.
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Alternate Versions

The 1987 UK CIC video featured the shorter edited version and was cut by 10 secs by the BBFC to remove footage of Japanese throwing stars, and the same edits were maintained for the 1994 box set video release. DVD releases are uncut and feature the full original version. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

BLACKTHORNE'S SHANTY
Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
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A forgotten Epic masterpiece
22 April 2004 | by paul-bissetteSee all my reviews

I read this book so many years ago I dread to think. I watched the series on TV when it first released here in the UK and was completely blown away by it. A few years later I noticed a video in the video library and hired it. I was disappointed in that because it had be condensed into a mere 125 it was almost unwatchable, but for fans there were a few changed sequences, not least a full frontal view of Lady Mariko Buntaro (Yoko Shimada) that didn't go amiss.

I bought this DVD when it was recently released and its as fresh today as it was then. A few things grate, the large TV type titles showing locations (OK it was made for TV), the fact that we cannot hope to learn Japanese in only 10 hours (although the major plot lines are narrated by Orson Welles) and so miss much of the political intrique set out in the book and of course Maurice Jarre's music now seems to be a little out of place in such an oriental setting.

Take it from me, these are small criticisms of a piece of work that has well stood the test of time. If you have 10 hours to spare, or chunks of it at a time, it is very much worth watching. You won't be disappointed. The only way it could have been better in the DVD version would be to combine some of the scenes from the 125min video version and to subtitle the Japanese. Mel Gibson has proven that we are adult enough to sit through a movie of subtitles if we are motivated enough and with this we would be.


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