The tale of Samurai and their leaders Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida who were locked into a power struggle after the death of the Taiko, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Ieyasu's and Mistunari's ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Saito ... Ieyasu Tokugawa
Hiro Kanagawa ... Mitsunari Ishida
Louis Ozawa Changchien ... Hideaki Kobayakawa
Yuji Okumoto ... Naomasa Ii
Hiroshi Katsuno Hiroshi Katsuno ... Mototada Torii
Eidan Hanzei Eidan Hanzei ... Hideie Ukita (as Henry Hayashi)
Koh Takeuchi Koh Takeuchi ... Hidetada Tokugawa
Togo Igawa ... Hideyoshi Toyotomi
Kohei Mima Kohei Mima ... Tadayoshi Matsudaira
Eugene Nomura ... Kagekatsu Uesugi
Takahiro Hotta Takahiro Hotta ... Nobuyasu Matsudaira
Yusuke Tochio Yusuke Tochio ... Hideyori Toyotomi
Hiroaki Watanabe Hiroaki Watanabe ... Hidetada's aide
Michihiro Kinoshita Michihiro Kinoshita ... Ieyasu general
Toshiyuki Sasaki Toshiyuki Sasaki ... Ieyasu general


The tale of Samurai and their leaders Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida who were locked into a power struggle after the death of the Taiko, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Ieyasu's and Mistunari's actions would develop into one of the biggest rivals in world history as Ieyasu increased his power over Japan, Mitsunari would secretly rally an army of rebels in hopes into overthrow Ieyasu, but it would be the Taiko's Nephew, Hideyaki and his forces who would not only escalate a civil war, but during the battle of Sekigahara the biggest samurai battle in Japanese history, would make a decision that would realize Ieyasu's power over Japan and create his Shogunate. Written by John Wiggins

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Documentary | Drama




UK | Greece



Release Date:

1 April 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu See more »

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The castle mostly seen is Himeiji Castle, possibly the most famous castle in Japan. See more »


The castle that is mostly seen is not Fushimi Castle, it is Himeiji Castle. See more »


[last lines]
Narrator: [Scene goes to Mitsunari] Mitsunari was hunted down for months, and after parading through Osaka in chains, he was beheaded.
[the Scene goes to Hideyaki]
Narrator: 2 years after the battle of Sekigahara, and unable to live with the coices he has made, Hideyaki lost his mind, and died.
[the scene goes to Ieyasu and Hideyori]
Narrator: The Taiko's son, Hideyori led a rebellion against Ieyasu, it failed, and he taken his own life. This is when Ieyasu has gained the title of, the Shogun. He would create a ...
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well made doc
26 September 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 16th century war-torn Japan. Tokugawa Ieyasu would win great daring battles and ruthless politics to become the Shogun. His dynasty would last 250 years. In 1598, a six year old is the heir after his dying ruler Taiko father. Ieyasu and his rival Ishida Mitsunari are sworn to protect the boy until he's old enough to rule. Tokugawa quickly plots using the boy and starts on his ruthless journey to rule the country himself. His own son Hidetada is eager and often acts rashly. A rebel lord rises in the east. Ieyasu needs the boy King's support and convinces his cousin guardian Hideaki. Ishida Mitsunari makes his move killing Mototada who served Ieyasu. This sets the two rivals on a final war path towards the Battle of Sekigahara. Ieyasu is outnumbered after his son Hidetada misuses half of the troops. Mitsunari expects support from Hideaki who commands the high ground. When all seems to be lost for Ieyasu, he deliberately fires on the indecisive Hideaki who he needs for help. Hideaki surprises Mitsunari by attacking him repaying a debt to Ieyasu. This is a well-made TV documentary program. It can be a little confusing with all the Japanese names. After watching it twice, it becomes crystal clear. The acting is superb. This is very informative and the story is compelling.

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