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

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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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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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Will Adams, the real-life English sea-captain and adventurer, who made it to Japan in the sixteenth century, has a street named after him in Japan: Anjin-Cho. See more »

Goofs

When Blackthorne is talking in the garden of Osaka Castle, the top of a telephone pole can be seen behind Lord Toranaga and Lady Mariko. See more »

Quotes

Father Alvito: You are a heretic Dutchman pirate! You're going to die.
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Spin-off James Clavell's Shogun (1988) See more »

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Both for people having read the book and for those who hasn't
29 December 2001 | by kbilstedSee all my reviews

This is absolutely a brilliant interpretation of the 1100 page book by James Clavell. Of course some details are left out, but I reckon only one time in the movie are you in doubt of whats going on (I am referring to the episode where Toranaga tries to escape the Ishido castle).

The movie is very close to the book, which for me, was a positive experience.

The story is well told and good acting is shown through the whole movie. The nature of the movie is, that when having watched an episode it is very hard not to see the following and the following and so on.

Are you into samurai stuff this is clearly a cool movie - note however, that there are not many battle scenes.


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