An English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.
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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ...  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 ...  Muraji 5 episodes, 1980
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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Pilot-Major John Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain), an English ship pilot, whose vessel wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early seventeenth 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 Lord Yoshi Toranaga (Toshirô Mifune) and Ishido (Nobuo Kaneko), 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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The epic adventure of feudal Japan, its magnificent warriors and a love it would not allow. See more »


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Nagashima, the filming location for Anjiro, was so remote it was hard to find accommodations for the whole crew. Due to a misunderstanding, the crew lost their bookings on September 1st, not the 15th as planned. Changes had to happen to finish by September 1st, but they managed to do it. On the day filming ended, a typhoon destroyed the set. See more »

Goofs

Mariko professes to be a Christian yet she is given a Buddisf funeral and cremation instead of Christian funeral and burial. 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 DVD release represents the original broadcast version, except that only part 1 has opening credits and only part 4 has closing credits (presumably removed to avoid repetition). See more »

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Spin-off James Clavell's Shogun (1986) See more »

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BLACKTHORNE'S SHANTY
Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
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" In the far East, you will find the Japans, Karma and your Destiny "
9 March 2013 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

The extraordinary six-part novel " SHOGUN " was written by noted author James Clavel, superbly directed by Jerry London and came to American audiences in the 1980s. From the first chapter to the last, the cast which included Richard Chamberlain who plays Anjin-san (Pilot), Toshirô Mifune as Lord Yoshi Toranaga and Yôko Shimada and Lady Mariko, captivated American's attention for Japanese culture during the entire length of the series. Indeed, the romantic love story between two two principals prompted a loyal viewing audience and a million letters to the network. Clavel set his story of John Blackthorne in the 16th century Japan where he lands. During his stay, he is soon adopted into the civilization where he meets Lady Toda Buntaro (Yôko Shimada) as his Interpretator and later as his love interest. Further, he is also acquainted with both his friends and enemies which include the ever spreading European explorers and Christian Church. The series itself is an interesting blend and exchange of culture, idea and beliefs, mixed with romance and political intrigue. Many audiences are treated to the incredible cast which include the likes of Alan Badel, Damien Thomas and John Rhys-Davies. In addition, there is the beautiful and spacious landscapes which include the impressive customs, Japanese gardens and surrounding Architecture. All in all a great Mini-series. Highly recommended****


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USA | Japan

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Release Date:

15 September 1980 (USA) See more »

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James Clavell's Shogun See more »

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| (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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