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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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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

Furankî Sakai (Yabu) was a well-known stand-up comedian in Japan, and he had none or little experience in dramatic roles. 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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Alternate Versions

The mini-series version is slightly toned down in terms of violence and sex, with a less gruesome beheading scene and no full nudity. See more »

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A fantastic and heady miniseries
18 January 2003 | by khoag3-1See all my reviews

Based on the life of William Adams, I have used this movie in my teaching so that my students can get an image of what they are reading and hearing about. The photography is fantastic and the performances are excellent. John Rhys-Davies is stellar and I cannot picture Blackthorne in any other way other than Chamberlain. The information is historically accurate and follows the book very closely, as expected with the author as exec. producer. The movie leaves you with a good feel of the beginning of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the political intrigues of Feudal Japan as well as the Catholic church. You will leave this series feeling satisfied and educated.


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