Samurai Warriors Meet European Pirates in FX’s 'Shogun'
Jack Blackthorne is taken prisoner after he washes ashore a Japanese fishing village in the 1600s. Expect to see samurai blades crossing with muskets in this new epic saga, which is set to premiere in early 2024.
Katanas and Muskets
Cosmo Jarvis portrays Jack Blackthorne in this new teaser for the 10-episode limited series Shogun, set to premiere on Hulu and FX networks in February 2024. The show stars Hiroyuki Sanada (John Wick: Chapter 4, The Last Samurai), Cosmo Jarvis (Nocturnal), and Anna Sawai (Monarch: Legacy of Monsters).
Shogun is set in 1600s feudal Japan during its civil war and follows Lord Yoshii Toranaga (Sanada) as he wages war against his enemies when European fisherman Jack Blackthorne (Jarvis) appears at a nearby fishing village.
The series was created for television by writers Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo, and also stars Tadanobu Asano, Yûki Kedôin, Eushin Lee, Tommy Bastow, Hiroto Kanai, Emi Kamito, Hiromoto Ida, Kengo Hashimoto, Sen Mars, Toshi Toda, and Mako Fujimoto.
A full trailer for the series was released recently, showing off the action-packed storyline. Shogun is adapted from James Clavell’s best-selling novel of the same name. It is also one in a six-book saga of deeply researched novels, where Clavell tells standalone stories that are supported by his deep research and understanding of Asian warrior culture during the 1600s.
“When a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village, its English pilot, John Blackthorne (Jarvis), comes bearing secrets that could help Toranaga tip the scales of power and devastate the formidable influence of Blackthorne’s own enemies — the Jesuit priests and Portuguese merchants,” the series’ synopsis reads. “Toranaga’s and Blackthorne’s fates become inextricably tied to their translator, Toda Mariko (Anna Sawai), a mysterious Christian noblewoman and the last of a disgraced line. While serving her lord amidst this fraught political landscape, Mariko must reconcile her newfound companionship with Blackthorne, her commitment to the faith that saved her, and her duty to her late father.”
The brand-new teaser for Shogun features everything that viewers can expect — a heartfelt and thrilling plot.
Official Shogun Trailer