Classic Watched it as a kid when it first aired and still love it . Love the book and lived in Japan when I was an adult all because of this movie I fell in love with a Japanese girl
Read the book & surprised hero was blond.
However, mini-series pretty much hewed to book.
Yes, the nudity & violence was surprising on then three network TV, pre-PPV & pre-internet.
This series is so dreamy and romantic that it keeps one enthralled and wanting more. Strong performances by everyone. Another classic that has not been tarnished by age.
To truly enjoy this wonderful set of DVDs one must read the epic novel first so that you have the patience to appreciate the brilliance of this master story teller. This 1980 made-for-television film starring Richard Chamberlain was originally shown over 5-evenings for 2 hours each, commercials included. Richard Chamberlain, the 1970s to 1990s undisputed king of made-for-TV films, was at his best in this series. I have read 'SHOGUN' the book twice and will read it again someday. It is one of my all time favourite books, well worth the time and effort. This made-for-TV roughly 8-hour film has: intrigue, a look into Japan’s history and culture, conspiracy, the history and philosophy of the Samurai, deception, great martial arts fighting, and romance; something for everyone. James Clavell is a master story teller; he spends an entire book setting the reader up and does a number on you in the last paragraph. The DVD cannot and does not quite have the same impact in the last minute of the film but it is by no means disappointing. Other than that small shortfall, the DVD set is well worth seeing. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.
My husband has long been infatuated with this series. I am not a person who likes blood or gore, but this movie caught my interest. Wierd, how none of the story actually pertains to the Shogun. Odd.
Too long and boring.
8 hrs long, good film.
discs are badly scratched
Beheading & lots of sword fights.
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