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Michael Auslin Michael Auslin ...  Himself - Nikko Toshogu Shrine 3 episodes, 2004
Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey ...  Herself - Otsuma Women's University 3 episodes, 2004
Richard Chamberlain ...  Narrator 3 episodes, 2004
Michael Cooper Michael Cooper ...  Himself - Former editor, 'Monumenta Nipponica' 3 episodes, 2004
Ryonosuke Etoh Ryonosuke Etoh 3 episodes, 2004
Mariko Fujiwara Mariko Fujiwara 3 episodes, 2004
Daisuke Igakura Daisuke Igakura 3 episodes, 2004
James Kent James Kent 3 episodes, 2004
Isao Machii Isao Machii 3 episodes, 2004
Alexei Podtheko Alexei Podtheko 3 episodes, 2004
Luke S. Roberts Luke S. Roberts ...  Himself - UC Santa Barbara 3 episodes, 2004
Toshihiro Satô Toshihiro Satô 3 episodes, 2004
Shin Ya-nae Shin Ya-nae 3 episodes, 2004
Eiko Ikegami Eiko Ikegami ...  Herself - Otsuma Women's University 2 episodes, 2004
Cecilia Segawa Seigle Cecilia Segawa Seigle ...  Herself - University of Pennsylvania 2 episodes, 2004
Harutoshi Takafuji Harutoshi Takafuji ...  Himself - Nikko Toshogu Shrine 2 episodes, 2004
Hirofumi Yamamoto Hirofumi Yamamoto ...  Himself - University of Tokyo 2 episodes, 2004
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26 May 2004 (USA) See more »

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3 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Memoirs of a Secret Empire" is a PBS mini-series about Japan from just before the beginning of the Tokugawa Shogunate until the end of this regime. This spans, roughly, from the end of the 16th century to just after the US Civil War. An interesting choice was having Richard Chamberlain narrate, as he was the star of the American mini-series, "Shogun"--which was a fictionalize account of the early days of the Tokugawa Shoguns.

Everything about this series screams 'Quality'. The many interviewees are quite good (though they could have used captions), the use of paintings and pictures typical of a PBS series and the overall package very nice. Plus, this is one of the most important and formative periods in Japanese history--and SHOULD be known and understood by everyone. Well worth seeing and quite interesting. Well done!


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