Shogun Reviews

  • Jan 18, 2016

    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.

    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.

  • Jun 15, 2015

    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

    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

  • Feb 12, 2015

    Would've liked to have seen a deeper ending, but there's plenty of character action and Samurai butt-kicking to satisfy.

    Would've liked to have seen a deeper ending, but there's plenty of character action and Samurai butt-kicking to satisfy.

  • Aug 06, 2014

    We watch this film series about every three years. It is the best, best written, best played series of all time.

    We watch this film series about every three years. It is the best, best written, best played series of all time.

  • Jul 23, 2014

    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.

    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.

  • May 18, 2014

    A true masterpiece and a mini series at that!.....writers take notes.

    A true masterpiece and a mini series at that!.....writers take notes.

  • Mar 31, 2014

    Was a great movie was hard to understand when characters was where speaking Japanese but overall I would recommends it

    Was a great movie was hard to understand when characters was where speaking Japanese but overall I would recommends it

  • Mar 13, 2014

    Epic miniseries which helped reintroduce Japanese film and culture to English speakers.

    Epic miniseries which helped reintroduce Japanese film and culture to English speakers.

  • Nov 26, 2012

    Rich and fulfilling, a great adaptation of Clavell's masterpiece--Worthy of its Claim as an Epic!!

    Rich and fulfilling, a great adaptation of Clavell's masterpiece--Worthy of its Claim as an Epic!!

  • Oct 07, 2012

    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.

    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.