“Shogun” tells an enthralling story of political intrigue and war during Feudal Japan of the 1600s. At the center of this drama is Jonathan Blackthorne, an English sailor who finds himself in the service of Yoshi Toranaga, a daimyo (lord) embroiled in a tense conflict with his enemies. The series traces the relationship between Blackthorne and Toranaga as these conflicts progress.
According to THR, “Shogun” pays special attention to story arcs and the perspectives of characters other than Blackthorne, although he retains his critical role as the protagonist. This approach is largely a response to the portrayal of Japanese characters in the original 1980 miniseries, which undermines their roles in Blackthorne’s favor.
“When we looked at the Looper material, we realized that this was a very researched and richly written, very compelling and accurate representation of feudal Japan, ”said FX CEO John Landgraf. Hollywood journalist. “There are a lot of points of view that were left out of the original series because it was thought at the time that American audiences wouldn’t want to see the story from the Japanese point of view. And now I think you must tell the story from the Japanese and Western point of view. “