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Shogun is beautifully crafted and easily the most ambitious TV miniseries ever made. John Rhys-Davies and Toshiro Mifune are always a pleasure to watch. The series starts off stronger than it finishes, however. The series seems to be building up to an epic battle, which does take place, but we don't get to see (too expensive?). The love story between Blackthorne and Mariko was painful to watch, due to horribly trite writing and a one-note performance from Yoko Shimada, and should have ended up on the cutting-room floor. Overall, though, Shogun is an incredible experience.
Blopper. In the beginning in the aerial shot of the "Erasmus" you can see the filming helicopter's shadow as if flies over the ship
Would've liked to have seen a deeper ending, but there's plenty of character action and Samurai butt-kicking to satisfy.
We watch this film series about every three years. It is the best, best written, best played series of all time.
Incredible cast including Kurosawa veteran actor Toshiro Mifune. Without whom, Kurosawa would not be the iconic legend he is. Mifune was the scene stealing star of the series above the very captivating Chamberlain. I could only wish that it were filmed in today's more enlightened and liberal film industry.
A true masterpiece and a mini series at that!.....writers take notes.
Was a great movie was hard to understand when characters was where speaking Japanese but overall I would recommends it
Epic miniseries which helped reintroduce Japanese film and culture to English speakers.
Rich and fulfilling, a great adaptation of Clavell's masterpiece--Worthy of its Claim as an Epic!!
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.