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:
...  Anjin-san / ... 5 episodes, 1980
...  Lord Yoshi Toranaga 5 episodes, 1980
...  Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko 5 episodes, 1980
...  Yabu 5 episodes, 1980
...  Father Dell'Aqua 5 episodes, 1980
...  Father Alvito 5 episodes, 1980
...  Vasco Rodrigues 5 episodes, 1980
...  Captain Ferriera 5 episodes, 1980
...  Omi 5 episodes, 1980
Hideo Takamatsu ...  Lord Buntaro 5 episodes, 1980
...  Friar Domingo 5 episodes, 1980
Nobuo Kaneko ...  Ishido 5 episodes, 1980
Hiromi Senno ...  Fujiko 5 episodes, 1980
...  Vinck 5 episodes, 1980
...  Father Sebastio 5 episodes, 1980
...  Pieterzoon 5 episodes, 1980
...  Maetsukker 5 episodes, 1980
Steve Ubels ...  Roper 5 episodes, 1980
Stewart MacKenzie ...  Croocq 5 episodes, 1980
...  Gingel 5 episodes, 1980
Ian Jentle ...  Salamon 5 episodes, 1980
...  Spillbergen 5 episodes, 1980
...  Specz 5 episodes, 1980
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 ...  Jirobei 5 episodes, 1980
...  Kiri 5 episodes, 1980
Midori Takei ...  Sono 5 episodes, 1980
...  Rako 5 episodes, 1980
Yumiko Morishita ...  Asa 5 episodes, 1980
Hiroshi Hasegawa ...  Galley Captain 5 episodes, 1980
Akira Sera ...  Old Gardener 5 episodes, 1980
Rin'ichi Yamamoto ...  Yoshinaka 5 episodes, 1980
Yûko Kada ...  Sazuko 5 episodes, 1980
Masumi Okada ...  Brother Michael 5 episodes, 1980
Yôsuke Natsuki ...  Zataki 5 episodes, 1980
Takeshi Ôbayashi ...  Urano 5 episodes, 1980
Yoshie Kitsuda ...  Kyoko 5 episodes, 1980
Masashi Ebara ...  Suga 5 episodes, 1980
Setsuko Sekine ...  Genjiko 5 episodes, 1980
Atsuko Sano ...  Lady Ochiba 5 episodes, 1980
...  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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A nation of violence, Samurai warriors ... and forbidden love. See more »


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(10 episodes)

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According to the DVD documentary "The Making of Shogun", Sir Sean Connery, Sir Roger Moore, and Albert Finney were all considered for the role of Blackthorne. Connery was James Clavell's choice for the role, but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

In the opening shots of Anjin-sans ship you see the shadow of the helicopter (which was used to film the 'fly-by' shots of the ship). It casts a shadow onto the water and then the ship itself. See more »

Quotes

Vasco Rodrigues: Listen to me, you whore-gutted, pock-marked, motherless scum... I need a favor.
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BLACKTHORNE'S SHANTY
Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
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Cool introduction to Clavell
14 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of the most famous mini-series in television history, "James Clavell's Shogun" tells the epic tale of an English pilot who is washed up on the shores of Japan in the 17th century and becomes involved in the local political struggles. "Shogun" proves to be both an engrossing story, and a fascinating piece of television history.

Based on the life of the English navigator William Adams, "Shogun" is a complex story that explores both the political struggles of Feudal Japan, as well as analyzes the cultural differences of East vs. West. The story revolves around Pilot Major John Blackthorne, played by Richard Chamberlain. Coerced by Catholic Portuguese missionaries, with whom the English were at war, the Japanese authorities, or daimyos, throw the shipwrecked Blackthorne and his ailing crew into prison, and torture them as pirates. We soon learn that Lord Toranaga, the most powerful daimyo in Japan, is in the midst of a power struggle that could possibly lead him to be Shogun--the most powerful military ruler in Japan. In a final interview before his execution, Toranaga sees Blackthorne as valuable, and he spares the Englishman's life. Toranaga decides to employ him in training his troops in the Western methods of battle to help them prepare for the upcoming war against his rival, Ishido. Along the way, the audience is given a fascinating introduction to Feudal Japan through Blackthorne's eyes.

Shot entirely in Japan, director Jerry London took great care in using authentic costumes and believable sets. The casting is commendable, with Richard Chamberlain embodying the perfect Blackthorne (his performance garnered an Emmy nomination in 1980). Lord Toranaga is played masterfully by Toshiro Mifune, who also appeared in Akira Kurasawa classics such as Yojimbo and The Hidden Fortress.

Without a doubt, "James Clavell's Shogun" is worth a watch.


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