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An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

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Jerry London

Writers:

James Clavell (novel), Eric Bercovici
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Chamberlain ... Pilot-Major John Blackthorne
Toshirô Mifune ... Lord Yoshi Toranaga
Yôko Shimada ... Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
Furankî Sakai ... Lord Yabu
Alan Badel ... Father Dell'Aqua
Damien Thomas ... Father Alvito
Michael Hordern ... Friar Domingo
Vladek Sheybal ... Captain Ferriera
Yûki Meguro ... Omi
Noburo Kaneko Noburo Kaneko ... Lord Ishido
George Innes ... Vinck
Leon Lissek ... Father Sebastio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tôru Abe Tôru Abe ... Hiromatsu
Anne Bancroft ... Narrator (voice)
John J. Carney ... Ginsel
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Storyline

In the seventeenth century, a Dutch ship sails the Pacific from the Americas in order to escape the Spanish. Pilot-Major John Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain) is the pilot of the ship and the first to realize the possibilities of Japan. Japan is a feudal society which has a strong presence of the Portugese. A struggle is in the final stages for who will be the Shogun, the leader who, under the Emperor, governs the land. Lord Yoshi Toranaga (Toshirô Mifune) sees in Blackthorn things he can use to at least survive the struggle to come, and if both play their hands correctly, become Shogun. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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All the Conflict, Adventure and Intrigue of Feudal Japan


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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Clavell's Shogun See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Glen Glenn Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This Shogun (1980) movie is a theatrical version of Shogun (1980), and was released outside of the U.S. as a two hour and five minute movie. See more »

Goofs

It is mentioned that the use of wheels is forbidden in Japan. When Father Alvito and his followers split off from Blackthorne and Mariko they take a road that clearly shows signs of wear by wheels. See more »

Quotes

Father Alvito: You are a heretic Dutchman pirate! You're going to die.
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Alternate Versions

Released theatrically in Japan at 159 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Bruce Dern/Leon Redbone (1983) See more »

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Not very good if you've seen the miniseries.
31 January 2001 | by pshukisSee all my reviews

Basically, trying to fit a Clavell epic into a 2-hour movie is like trying to fit the entire Sears catalog into a single 30-second ad. While the miniseries is a masterful adaptation, covering all of the essential plotlines and perhaps even adding to the understanding for Mariko's and Blackthorne's relationship, the 2-hour cut is piece-meal and poorly edited. in short, it doesn't make sense, and it doesn't do justice to Clavel's greatest epic.

It is also a great read, by the way.


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