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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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | 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

Jet Contrail Visible at very top of screen in opening shot. See more »

Quotes

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

Released theatrically in Japan at 159 minutes. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bruce Dern/Leon Redbone (1983) See more »

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Possibly the worst movie of all-time....
20 April 2003 | by teegzSee all my reviews

I haven't seen the original 10-part, 10-hour mini-series, but the 2 hour condensed version is appaling. How did they think they could chop 10 hours into 2? The plot is impossible to follow; nothing is explained, and all the main events have no discernable meaning. The most ridiculous representation of how this film was cut down, is a scene of the two main characters in bed together, when 5 minutes earlier she explained why they could never be together! The ending involves numerous battles in which the viewer has no idea who is fighting who. A flat-out horrible movie. It's like watching the chopped up version of Once Upon a Time in America but 100 times worse.


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