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James Clavell’s Shogun

June 6, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Product Description
Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 09/23/2003 Starring: Richard Chamberlain Damien Thomas Run time: 600 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Jerry essential video
What better way to escape from the onslaught of so-called reality television than to sail away with Richard Chamberlain to “the Japans” for a little samurai action and some discreet “pillowing”? From the golden age of the miniseries comes this television benchmark, the 10-hour, Golden Globe-winning saga based on James Clavell’s bestselling epic. In his award-winning performance, Chamberlain stars as John Blackthorne, the 17th-century English navigator on a Dutch trading ship. A storm runs the ship aground off the coast … More >>

James Clavell’s Shogun


5 Responses to “James Clavell’s Shogun”
  1. Marisa James says:

    I don’t know what’s wrong with me, because most people seem to like this miniseries. I love miniseries, but I found this one really boring. Maybe it’s because I’m a girl, and there are hardly any women in this series. Also, the first 4 hours were interminable because everyone was speaking Japanese, and there are no subtitles! I guess that’s supposed to show you how scary and unsettling it is to be in a foreign land, but it seemed overdone to me. In general, the plot moved way too slowly to keep my attention.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. but I did not like this movie. It’s so slow, and there’s a lot of Japanese with no subtitles. And a lot of very slow walking. I just couldn’t get into it.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. berean_bmoon says:

    I remember reading the book a couple of years back but can’t seem to recall the actual ending …was there a great battle
    between TORANAGA and ISHIDO’s forces leading to the climactic finale of TORANAGA being SHOGUN ?

    If you are to see this film for the first time , then surely you’d be at the edge of your seat ( in anticipation of a huge and climactic battle) . The first 3 discs , yes ! But as soon as you see the fourth disc winding down to the last few minutes of the last chapter , I would not be surprised if you end up asking yourself …”Is that it ?” , “What happened ?” “Where’s the rest of the stuff , damn , I think I got ripped off by ‘em DVD store”. Probably , I got used to watching all those big WAR films , I kinda expected too much from this one.

    The makers of the film intended to tell the story from Blackthorne’s view (thus the lack of english subtitle for those japanese dialogues). This I find confusing really , the fact that they focused to much on Blackthorne’s character rather than the actual story of the book which really is about the imminent war between the ruling warlords of Japan during that time ,and an eventual winnner ,thus the title SHOGUN. Blackthorne’s character ( I believe) ,was more of a coincidental witness to that eventful era in Ancient Japan. His character should have been more of a storyteller , rather than his character ,being the
    beginning and the ending story. This should have allowed the film makers to come up with a complete film. You get this feeling
    that there really was no ending .

    Nevertheless, the historical value of the film cannot be discounted .The film was successfull in conveying Japan’s
    regard for honor and dignity. This film was a window to an ancient past , and we are a lucky generation to have been a witness to such a classic film.

    Overall, I would give it a 3 star rating . This is one film that deserves a remake , one that should be shown in the
    big screen. This should give the (overrated) Lord of the Rings a run for it’s money.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. I first saw Shogun when it aired on TV, back when I was a kid. I loved it at the time. I recently saw it again, and was very disappointed. First, the lack of subtitles is annoying in the extreme. For a story involving court politics, Jesuit schemes, pirate treasure, and forbidden love, one really needs to be able to follow what is said. For the first four hours or so, forget about it (unless you speak Japanese). If you don’t, you’ll know some basic phrases by the end.

    So on my mini-series scale, with North and South a 5, and something truly terrible a 1 (I suppose if WWF made a mini-series, this would be it), Shogun is a 3. Not terrible, but not good either.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. Regtasi says:

    It is pretty sad, when you tell someone something, and they do nt believe you, even to the point of making you feel like they think u lied!

    ALL of the shogun DVD’s 4th one, are messed up, I still have not seen the ending. When I tell u whatthe problem is, no one wants to resolve it, just pass the buck. Why doesn’t someone take the time to review the 4th dvd and see for them selves that they are messed up, and if someone watches the 4th one all the way through, and it is good, plz send it to me, i will pay shipping and handling..!!!!!!!!! I have wanted this movie for soooo long, even though the stupid people who cut out parts, could have forgone the last dvd and put in all the parts of the movie instead of cutting them out. Thanks gina
    Rating: 1 / 5

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