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The Man in the High Castle 

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In a dystopian America dominated by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, a young woman discovers a mysterious film that may hold the key to toppling the totalitarian regimes.


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Series cast summary:
Rufus Sewell ...  Obergruppenführer John Smith / ... 31 episodes, 2015-2018
Alexa Davalos ...  Juliana Crain 30 episodes, 2015-2018
DJ Qualls ...  Ed McCarthy 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Joel de la Fuente ...  Inspector Kido 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ...  Nobusuke Tagomi 30 episodes, 2015-2018
Rupert Evans ...  Frank Frink 27 episodes, 2015-2018
Luke Kleintank ...  Joe Blake 26 episodes, 2015-2018
Chelah Horsdal ...  Helen Smith 26 episodes, 2015-2018
Gracyn Shinyei ...  Amy Smith 25 episodes, 2015-2019
Brennan Brown ...  Robert Childan 24 episodes, 2015-2018
Genea Charpentier ...  Jennifer Smith 24 episodes, 2015-2019
Arnold Chun Arnold Chun ...  Kotomichi 22 episodes, 2015-2019
Quinn Lord ...  Thomas Smith 21 episodes, 2015-2019
Bella Heathcote ...  Nicole Dörmer 18 episodes, 2016-2018
Lee Shorten ...  Sergeant Yoshida / ... 18 episodes, 2015-2016
Rick Worthy ...  Lem Washington / ... 14 episodes, 2015-2018
Michael Gaston ...  Mark Sampson 13 episodes, 2015-2018
Kenneth Tigar ...  Himmler / ... 13 episodes, 2016-2018
Aaron Blakely ...  Erich Raeder / ... 13 episodes, 2015-2018


What would it be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States? Written by Amazon Studios

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Release Date:

15 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Monroe, Washington, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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In April 2015, filming took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the downtown area of West Georgia Street, along the promenade of the Coast Capital Savings building. In May and June 2015 filming also took place at the University of British Columbia. Exterior shots of Hohenwerfen Castle in Werfen, Austria, were filmed in September 2015 for the tenth episode of the first season. See more »


The Japanese sign in the aikido dojo says Habu Yakkyoku in Japanese which means Lance-Head Snake Pharmacy. See more »


Mark Sampson: I don't plan on dying, Frank. But you can't live your life in fear. I was back east at the end of the war, in Boston.
Frank Frink: Oh, Jesus.
Mark Sampson: Yeah. You had to see it to believe it, Frank. Overnight, lynch mobs were murdering Jews because suddenly we were less than human.
Frank Frink: And what did you do?
Mark Sampson: Well, those of us who came out in one piece. We buried service weapons underground, well wrapped in oil, and we vowed revenge. I got a life to lead, got kids to raise. And Hitler and the Nazis - I mean, I don't care how...
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The copyright warning at the end of every episode is written in German and Japanese as well as English. See more »


White Flag
Performed by Bishop Briggs
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Very interesting idea, inconsistent writing, bad acting by the lead actors but brilliant acting by the supporting cast
1 December 2015 | by sudiptomandalSee all my reviews

The plot is based on an alternate reality, which is a surprisingly untouched topic in mainstream television. The overarching question in the whole series is "What if" the Allies had lost the second world war. Based on Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name, "The Man in the High Castle" is an extensive exploration of this alternate history. The art production of the show is at par with anything else around today and every subtlety in realizing this alternate universe is well done. The central conflict here is between the officers of this authoritarian world and the revolutionaries. There are important characters on both sides of the fence to show the story from multiple perspectives and that works greatly in its favor. However, the show suffers from inconsistent writing and direction across different episodes. Plot points raised by directors in one episode are completely discarded in the next episode. In some cases,the story becomes too formulaic and the dialogue too cliché for a show which should be anything but. Despite the abundance of plot holes, TMITHC is worth a watch primarily because of the novelty of the idea. The first two episodes and the season finale were the standout episodes in terms of the writing and direction. No wonder Episode 2 and 10 have the same director (Daniel Percival) who was way better than the other directors.

What adversely affects the series is that the two supposedly lead characters (Joe & Juliana) are the most uninteresting ones too. It doesn't help that the actors who portray these characters do not show the range of emotions to captivate the audience and it's difficult to be sympathetic to them. The secondary cast of the show on the other hand is terrific. Rufus Sewell steals the show with his absolutely brilliant portrayal of German commander Smith and will surely remind you of his "Illusionist" days. Rupert Evans does justice to the role of Frank but suffers from poor writing. Joel de la Fuente's Inspector Kiddo is another character done absolutely correctly while Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa's Tagomi-San is the heart and soul of the whole series. Also worth mentioning is Carsten Norgaard's Rudolph Wegner and Ray Proscia's Heydrich.

I will definitely watch the season 2 primarily because of the brilliantly done finale episode with the multiple cliffhangers ending with a big twist.

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