The wait for the Shogun series on Hulu is finally over, as the makers have finally announced the release date for the much-anticipated series. Shogun, based in 17th century Japan, chronicles the life and many transformations of British sailor John Blackthorne into a samurai. It has been adapted from the novel written by James Clavell in 1975 and has been brought to life by creators Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks.
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When and Where Can I Watch Shogun?
The eagerly awaited historical piece is all set to grace your screens on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, on Hulu. Grab your phone and save the date if you don’t want spoilers. If you live in Latin America or elsewhere, the series will also be available on Star+ and Disney+.
- Cosmo Jarvis as Pilot Major John Blackthorne
- Hiroyuki Sanada as Lord Yoshii Toranaga
- Anna Sawai as Toda Mariko
- Tadanobu Asano as Kashigi Yabushige
- Fumi Nikaido as Ochiba No Kata
- Tokuma Nishioka as Toda Hiromatsu
- Takehiro Hira as Ishido Kazunari
- Ako as Daiyoin Lady Iyo
- Shinnosuke Abe as Toda Buntaro
- Yasunari Takeshima as Muraji
- Hiroto Kanai as Kashigi Omi
- Toshi Toda as Sugiyama
- Hiro Kanagawa as Igurashi
The series showcases the story of two men ambitious in nature, coming from different places, and a skilled female samurai in Japan. The protagonist, John Blackthorne, a British sailor, finds himself in Japan after a shipwreck. There’s also a mysterious woman in the story by the name of Lady Mariko who has unique abilities. Moreover, she also has secrets to hide (cough! family trauma). On the other hand, there is Lord Toranaga, who uses John for his selfish reasons. Behind the scenes, executive producers Edward L. McDonnell, Justin Marks, Rachel Kondo, Michael De Luca, and Michaela Clavell ensure the series is well-made. Get ready for a drama-filled journey to 17th-century Japan.
Meanwhile, Anna Sawai has taken on the role of Today Mariko, who plays a translator for Toranaga. What is her motive, you may ask? Her motivations are driven by an intense desire to search for justice and avenge her father’s death. As her journey unfolds throughout the series, she meets Blackthorne, and their fates intertwine. The series promises a fresh approach, and that is thought to be its distinguishing factor from the adaption that happened in 1980. Additionally, the narration digs deeper into the history of the time, its political landscape, and its traditions to understand how society functions. Therefore, the audiences can expect a more wholesome and immersive experience that goes beyond the character arc and individuality to give insight into the broader context of the time in history.