- By Nina Sventitsky
Shogun, a spectacular 10-part series, premieres on Hulu February 27. Based on the 1975 James Clavell novel, it’s the story of two men fighting for their political and physical lives against the backdrop of the Japanese feudal system that prevailed for 700 years. Look for spectacular scenery, messy battles, samurai sword fighting, sexual intrigue, jealous lovers, and a clash of cultures. The Shogun were military leaders who ran Japan and often had more power than the emperor. The year is 1600; our Shogun, Lord Toranaga, tries to hold on to his power amid never-ending challenges from other warlords. If you remember world history from middle school, this was also the time of global exploration, when countries (and armies) sailed around the world to conquer, colonize, and claim treasures. One such explorer is Englishman John Blackthorne, shipwrecked and thrown onto Japanese shores. Toranaga and Blackthorne collide iwith each other’s paths — are they enemies or can each help the other succeed and survive? The men are assisted by translator Lady Mariko, who befriends and falls for Blackthorne. The series promises to be a love story, history lesson, video game come to life, and the action saga we crave. The cast is mainly Japanese and includes ex-martial artist and award-winning actor Hiroyuki Sanada, Cosmo Jarvis, Anna Sawai, and Nestor Carbonell (The Morning Show). Adult themes and some violence.
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