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James Clavell's Shogun

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Plot

James Clavell's Shogun is set in the year 1600 A.D. An Englishman named John Blackthorne, who is Pilot-Major of the English ship Erasmus, is wrecked on the coast of Japan. He is rescued by Japanese locals and subsequently arrested by the fief's samurai, "Omi-san". Eventually he and his crew are released into the custody of the daimyo "Yabu-san", who in turn takes them to the senior warlord "Toranaga". Toranaga is curious about this foreigner and decides to use him to further his plans to unite Japan under his leadership.

Characters

Historical Equivalents of Characters

  • Akechi Jinsai - Akechi Mitsuhide
  • Father Martin Alvito - Joao Rodrigues, SJ
  • Beppu Genzaemon - Hojo Ujimasa
  • John Blackthorne - William Adams
  • Friar Braganza - St. Pedro Bautista OFM
  • (Toda) Buntaro - Hosokawa Tadaoki
  • Alban Caradoc - Nicholas Diggins
  • Chano-Tsubone - Saigo-No-Tsubone
  • (Yoshi) Chikitada - Matsudaira Kiyoyasu
  • Chimmoko - fictional
  • Father Carlo Dell’Aqua - Alessandro Valignano SJ
  • Friar Domingo - fictional
  • Elizabeth Blackthorne - Deliverance Adams
  • Felicity Blackthorne - Mary or Elizabeth Adams
  • Captain General Ferriera - Hoaratio Neretti
  • Fujiko - fictional
  • Fujimoto clan - Fujiwara
  • Lady Genjiko - Asai Ogo (Tokugawa Hidetada’s wife)
  • Go-Nijo - Go-Yozei
  • Goroda - Oda Nobunaga
  • Gyoko - fictional
  • Harima Tadao - Arima Harunobu
  • (Toda) Hiromatsu - Hosokawa Fujitaka
  • Ikawa Tadazuki - Imagawa Yoshimoto
  • Ishido Kazunari - Ishida Mitsunari
  • Ikawa Jikkyu - fictional
  • Kiku-fictional
  • Kiritsubo-noh-Toshiko - Acha-no-Tsubone
  • Kiyama - Konishi Yukinaga
  • (Toda) Mariko - Hosokawa Gracia
  • Brother Michael - Chijiwa Seizaemon
  • Minikui - fictional
  • Minowara clan - Minamoto clan
  • Mura - fictional
  • Yoshi Naga - Tokugawa Tadayoshi
  • Nakamura - Toyotomi Hideyoshi
  • Yoshi Noboru - Tokugawa Hideyasu
  • Yoshi Nobunaga - Tokugawa Nobuyasu
  • Lady Ochiba - Asai Chacha (Oichi’s daughter, Hideyoshi’s consort)
  • Kasigi Omi - fictional
  • Lord Onoshi - a composite of Konishi Yukinaga and Otani Yoshitsugu
  • Vasco Rodrigues - fictional
  • (Toda) Saruji - Hosokawa Tadatoshi
  • Lady Suzuko - O-Kane
  • Father Sebastio - unidentified ‘Portugall Iesuite’ who confronted Will Adams in Kyushu
  • Sen-no-Nakada - Sen-no-Rikyu
  • Paulus Spillbergen - Jacob Quaeckernaeck
  • Yoshi Sudara - Tokugawa Hidetada
  • Lord Sugiyama - Maeda Toshiie
  • Lady Tachibana - Lady Tsukiyama (Ieyasu’s first wife that he had put to death)
  • Yoshi Tadateru - Tokugawa Tadateru
  • Takashima clan - the Taira clan
  • Yoshi Toranaga - Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Tudor Blackthorne - never named son of William Adams
  • Uraga-noh-Tadamasa/Brother Joseph - Chijiwa Seizaemon (also the model for Brother Michael, as he was baptized Don Michael)
  • Usagi (Fujiko’s husband) - fictional
  • Kasigi Yabu - fictional (Possibly his personality was based on Saito Dosan)
  • Yaemon - Toyotomi Hideyori
  • Lady Yodoko - Toyotomi One
  • Captain Yoshinaka - fictional
  • Saigawa Zataki (Toranaga’s half brother)-fictional, although the daimyo of Zataki’s fief were historically the Satake

Miniseries

Cast

  • Richard Chamberlain - Pilot-Major John Blackthorne/Anjin-san
  • Toshirô Mifune - Lord Yoshi Toranaga
  • Yôko Shimada - Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
  • Frankie Sakai - Yabu
  • Alan Badel - Father Dell'Aqua
  • Damien Thomas - Father Alvito
  • John Rhys-Davies - Vasco Rodrigues
  • Vladek Sheybal - Captain Ferriera
  • Yuki Meguro - Omi
  • Hideo Takamatsu - Lord Buntaro
  • Nobuo Kaneko - Ishido
  • Hiromi Senno - Fujiko
  • Michael Hordern - Friar Domingo
  • George Innes - Vinck
  • Leon Lissek - Father Sebastio

Book Information

  • Clavell, James. Shogun Dell, 1986

Purchase Information

ISBN 0440178002


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