FX’s upcoming series ‘Shōgun’ is a captivating historical drama based on James Clavell’s best-selling novel. Set in feudal Japan in 1600, the show follows Lord Yoshii Toranaga as he fights for his life against his rivals in the Council of Regents. A marooned Englishman, John Blackthorne, arrives in Japan and brings news that could change the country’s relationship with Portuguese merchants.
A Deeper Dive into the Story
The show’s main character, Lord Yoshii Toranaga, faces a power struggle within the Council of Regents. He must assemble allies, including John Blackthorne and Toda Mariko, to maintain his power. While the characters and events in ‘Shōgun’ are fictional, they are loosely based on real-life events.
The Challenge of Authenticity
The creators of ‘Shōgun’ faced the challenge of telling the story in a way that would bring the Japanese partners closer to the production. They decided to film the show mostly in Japanese with English subtitles, a change from the 1980 miniseries that left the Japanese dialogue un-subtitled.
A Star-Studded Cast
‘Shōgun’ features a talented cast led by Hiroyuki Sanada as Lord Yoshii Toranaga. Sanada also serves as a producer on the show and strived to ensure authenticity in every aspect of the production. Joining Sanada are Cosmo Jarvis as John Blackthorne and Anna Sawai as Toda Mariko. The cast also includes Tadanobu Asano, Hiroto Kanai, Takehiro Hira, Moeka Hoshi, Tokuma Nishioka, Shinnosuke Abe, Yuki Kura, Yuka Kouri, and Fumi Nikaido.
Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks co-created ‘Shōgun’ and serve as producers alongside Michaela Clavell, Eriko Miyagawa, Edward L. McDonnell, and Michael De Luca.
‘Shōgun’ premieres on February 27th on Hulu and FX.