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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15 September 1980 (USA)  »

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James Clavell's Shogun  »

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(10 episodes)

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Furankî Sakai (Yabu) was a well-known stand-up comedian in Japan and had little, if any, experience in dramatic roles. See more »

Goofs

During the earthquake scene, when two of the "crevasses" open up to drop samurai into them, you can see the wooden planks used to loosely cover the crevasses so people could walk on them until their supports were blown, hidden by a thick layer of dirt. See more »

Quotes

[after Blackthorne's guard prevented an assassination attempt by Rodrigues]
Pilot-Major John Blackthorne: Captain Yoshinaka was right to search him. Was that your idea?
Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko: Please excuse me, but I was afraid for you.
Pilot-Major John Blackthorne: Sad, isn't it? Not being able to trust anyone.
Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko: It is not sad, Anjin-san. It is just one of life's most important rules.
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BLACKTHORNE'S SHANTY
Words and Music by Eric Bercovici
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Excellent, well worth owning to watch over and over!
26 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Richard Chamberlain gives an excellent performance as well as all the Japanese actors in this well-made adaptation of Clavell's novel. It sticks fairly well to the plot of the book.

Super-rich in history with one of the most interesting characters, Anjin-san (Japanese for Mr. Pilot). Anjin-san is marooned in feudal Japan and makes a decision to change his Western thinking and fit in to the totally foreign but alluring Japanese society.

He is drawn into a forbidden love with a Japanese noblewoman, while battling jealous Japanese nobles and fanatical Jesuits. He earns the trust of Lord Torenaga who is a wise tactician in the art of waging war and diplomacy. Can Anjin-san survive the constant perils he is put into and win the hand of the woman he loves? Many scenes are in Japanese, but if you had no problem with The Last Samauri, it should pose no problem here.


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