Shogun (1980)

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Based on the epic novel by James Clavell, Shogun originated as an epic five-part television miniseries, filmed on location in Japan. Richard Chamberlain stars as John Blackthorne, a 17th century British sea pilot in charge of a Dutch vessel. Shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, Blackthorne is in danger of being executed by the suspicious, reclusive Japanese hierarchy, but before long he has been accepted into the local culture. Accordingly, he begins to think of himself as Japanese, adopting the nation's customs and, while wearing the robes of a Samurai warrior, helping to defend the land against its enemies. The arrival of Blackthorne unfortunately arouses the interest of European empire-builders, who hope to add Japan to their holdings. Toshiro Mifune costars as Toranaga, a warlord who befriends Blackthorne, and Yoko Shimada appears as Mariko, the interpreter who eventually falls in love with the Englishman. When it first aired in September of 1980, Shogun caused eyebrows to raise with its seemingly reckless disregard of certain TV taboos: for example, one man is beheaded in full view of the audience, while another relieves himself on the body of an enemy. Most of the early dialogue sequence are in Japanese, which resulted in complaints from many monolingual viewers. As a result, the 1983 rebroadcast of Shogun included English narration by Orson Welles. The 125-minute feature version of Shogun, prepared for home video, includes English subtitles--as well as several originally excised scenes of nudity and excessive violence. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Television
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Paramount Home Video

Cast

Nobuo Kaneko
as Lord Ishido
Richard Chamberlain
as Pilot-Major John Blackthorne/Anjin-san
Alan Badel
as Father Dell'Aqua
Vladek Sheybal
as Capt. Ferriera
Yôko Shimada
as Lady Toda Buntaro-Mariko
John Rhys-Davies
as Vasco Rodrigues
Toshiro Mifune
as Lord Toranaga
Michael Hordern
as Friar Domingo
Frankie Sakai
as Lord Yabu
Leon Lissek
as Father Sebastio
Damien Thomas
as Father Alvito
Masumi Okada
as Brother Michael
Lord Ishido
as Nobo Kaneko
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Critic Reviews for Shogun

All Critics (5)

This the kind of mini-series that the networks don't even ATTEMPT anymore!

Full Review… | March 21, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

One of the finest miniseries ever produced. An exciting and literate adaptation of James Clavell's masive novel that rivets you from beginning to end.

October 4, 2005
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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November 18, 2004
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April 16, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Shogun

½

Although it suffered from some hammy acting (Mostly by Chamberlain), It was well-written and very detailed. (to the point of being excessively slow). Toshiro Mifune was beyond reproach, as was most of the Japanese cast. John Rhys-Davies and Vladek Shebal also get major props.

Eric Jenkins
Eric Jenkins

Really impressive technically especially for a tv movie especially for the time. But the story is just ludicrous. I almost burst out laughing when the main character tried to explain the Treaty of Tordesillas to the shogun. Like he would ever understand him or accept his authority.

Jason Dennis
Jason Dennis

Purdy Dang Good, and not just because of nostalgia, while some of the ship FX were weak, the rest would stand up today, EXCEPT for those fake bald skullcaps

Charles Schletzbaum
Charles Schletzbaum

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