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An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

Director:

Jerry London

Writers:

James Clavell (novel), Eric Bercovici
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Chamberlain ... Pilot-Major John Blackthorne
Toshirô Mifune ... Lord Yoshi Toranaga
Yôko Shimada ... Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
Furankî Sakai ... Lord Yabu
Alan Badel ... Father Dell'Aqua
Damien Thomas ... Father Alvito
Michael Hordern ... Friar Domingo
Vladek Sheybal ... Captain Ferriera
Yûki Meguro ... Omi
Noburo Kaneko Noburo Kaneko ... Lord Ishido
George Innes ... Vinck
Leon Lissek ... Father Sebastio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe ... Hiromatsu
Anne Bancroft ... Narrator (voice)
John J. Carney ... Ginsel
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Storyline

In the 16th Century, a Dutch ship sails the Pacific from the Americas in order to escape the Spanish. Blackthorn is the pilot of the ship and the first to realize the possibilities of Japan. Japan is a feudal society which has a strong presence of the Portugese. A struggle is in the final stages for who will be the Shogun, the leader who, under the emperor, governs the land. Toranaga sees in Blackthorn things he can use to at least survive the struggle to come, and if both play their hands correctly, become Shogun. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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All the Conflict, Adventure and Intrigue of Feudal Japan


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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Clavell's Shogun See more »

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Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Japanese galley was built as a replica of the ancient real Japanese galleys. It was really heavy, and very difficult to move. Director Jerry London and the Producers regretted not installing a small engine on it. See more »

Goofs

Helicopter shadow on the water in the opening scenes. See more »

Quotes

Father Alvito: You are a heretic Dutchman pirate! You're going to die.
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Alternate Versions

This two-hour feature was edited down from the original 10-hour miniseries (see separate IMDB entry). See more »

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Spin-off James Clavell's Shogun (1988) See more »

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The first GREAT Mini
17 December 2002 | by EdouardBMesertSee all my reviews

This is the one, that showed everyone else how to really tell a book in a mini-series. No body had every really got it right before. Very few have gotten it right since. This is for people that love books, told on film. Not a butchered hatchet job.

A Classic.


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