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John Blackthorne, an English ship pilot, whose vessel wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early 17th century is forced to deal with the two most powerful men in Japan in these days. He is thrown in the midst of a war between Toranaga and Ishido, who struggle for the title of Shogun which will give ultimate power to the one who possesses it.
What better way to escape from the onslaught of so-called reality television than to sail away with Richard Chamberlain to "the Japans" for a little samurai action and some discreet "pillowing"? From the golden age of the miniseries comes this television benchmark, the 10-hour, Golden Globe-winning saga based on James Clavell's bestselling epic. In his award-winning performance, Chamberlain stars as John Blackthorne, the 17th-century English navigator on a Dutch trading ship. A storm runs the ship aground off the coast of Japan, a "torn and cruelly divided country" locked in a power struggle between Toranaga (the venerable Toshiro Mifune) and Ishido, two warlords who would be Shogun. Blackthorne gets over his initial culture shock ("I piss on you and your country," he defiantly proclaims to his samurai captors, which to his humiliation turns out to be an unfortunate choice of words) to become a trusted ally of Toranaga and the lover of the beautiful interpreter Lady Mariko (YokoShimada). Their forbidden, ill-fated romance--and Blackthorne's total assimilation into Japanese culture--is set against political intrigue as Toranaga prepares for the inevitable showdown with Ishido, and Blackthorne's growing influence threatens the local Jesuits who had built up a lucrative trade monopoly. Shogun was a production blessed with good karma, and it remains an awesome achievement from a bygone era when the miniseries was king. --Donald Liebenson
I loved the book but this is one of those rare times I believe the mini series was better even after reading the book first. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Israel Santiago
we were blessed to be able to buy Shogun on dvd. our video of ot broke! a wonderfully rich saga.Published 20 days ago by susan
It was as I remember it ... a true trip down memory lane and still an enjoyable miniseries ... and cudos to the supplier ... a job well done.Published 1 month ago by David P. Stephens
This is not Dubbed. All Japanese words are still in Japanese! It has complete english subtitles. But all the Japanese Language is dubbed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Douglas l Wardle
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|No Japanese translation and actual running time||
I think that Clavell intended it be this way. In the novel he often uses Japanese without much translation or says something to the effect of "he couldn't understand." The story is from the point of view of Blackthorne and they've tried to put you into his shoes. As an earlier poster... Read More
Aug 25, 2007 by Christian Hartwig | See all 21 posts
|Doesn't Age Well||
The fault dear Tor, is not in our stars but ourselves. You are 3 decades older. There is a saying when you watch something more than once, you get something different out of it. Most of us do not see movies or miniseries today the way did 30 years ago. The book is more complete. If every... Read More
Jan 2, 2010 by Eric Pregosin | See all 7 posts
|Regarding the use of thou/thy/thee in the film...||
Well said, my friend. By the same token you should mention that the book implies that when they spoke "normally" (non wuvvy duvvy) they were speaking Portuguese.
Jul 7, 2007 by Eric Pregosin | See all 3 posts
|Appropriate for young adults?||
I recall watching the mini-series (taped--yes, VHS--off of TV) in history class back in High School. It really stuck in my head and was quite interesting. While I don't recall any sex scenes, I DO recall a peasant getting his head chopped off and that "image" has stuck with me since... Read More
Dec 20, 2007 by Skirge | See all 4 posts
|Shogun Amazon Video on Demand (VOD)?||
Shogun Amazon Video on Demand?!?!
I second Jorge's recommendation. Amazon's Video on Demand library would greatly benefit from licensing older titles like this one. It's a wonderful series and I'd buy it On Demand in a heartbeat.
Sep 25, 2012 by M. Schenker | See all 2 posts
|Currently showing on ATT Uverse On Demand and some of the Encore channels||Be the first to reply|