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‘Shōgun’ Season 2: Everything We Know

‘Shōgun’ Season 2: Everything We Know

[ad_1] Spoilers for Shōgun season 1 ahead. Since the electrifying conclusion of FX’s hit limited series Shōgun, questions about a potential second season have lingered—and now intensified—with a new report that star and producer Hiroyuki Sanada has signed on to reprise his role as Lord Yoshii Toranaga. According to Deadline, Sanada has agreed to return to the show, in which his character battles to become a military dictator in 17th-century Japan. But sources tell the publication that “other elements are still being worked out and deals are being finalized” in an effort to extend Shōgun, which was only meant to last a single season. Making such a move would throw a compelling wrench into this year’s Emmys race, with the show potentially competing as a drama rather than a limited series. Vanity Fair has reached out to reps for FX for comment. Adapted from the 1975 James Clavell novel by co-creators Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo, Shōgun has been a runaway hit since its February debut. “Ultimately, the audience gets to decide whether it’s something …

‘Shōgun’ writers on saying goodbye to Mariko in ‘devastating’ episode 9

‘Shōgun’ writers on saying goodbye to Mariko in ‘devastating’ episode 9

[ad_1] Can’t get Shōgun‘s heartbreaking ninth episode, “Crimson Sky,” out of your head? Imagine living with it for five years. That’s the case for Rachel Kondo and Caillin Puente, the two writers of the episode. (Kondo is also a co-creator and executive producer on the show; Puente is a story editor and associate producer.) The pair had the responsibility of bringing the most pivotal sequence of James Clavell’s original novel to life, in which Toda Mariko (Anna Sawai) attempts to leave Osaka. SEE ALSO: ‘Shōgun’ co-creators break down the finale: ‘It’s a story about death’ Over the course of the episode, Mariko engineers a diplomatic crisis, undermines Ishido Kazunari (Takehiro Hira), and threatens to commit seppuku, despite pleas not to from both John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) and Ochiba no Kata (Fumi Nikaido). After facing constant peril, Mariko is finally permitted to return to Ajiro, only to sacrifice herself in a fatal explosion that same night. It’s a wrenching, tragic send-off for one of Shōgun‘s central characters, and after years of discussing it together, Kondo and …

‘Shogun’ Star Hiroyuki Sanada Reveals Finale’s Deeper Message

‘Shogun’ Star Hiroyuki Sanada Reveals Finale’s Deeper Message

[ad_1] [This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of FX’s Shōgun.] It’s easy to picture Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada gazing toward the horizon with a beatific sense of satisfaction over everything he has achieved with FX’s smash-hit miniseries Shōgun. His character, Lord Yoshii Toranaga, enjoys several such moments in the show’s 10th and last episode, A Dream of a Dream, as his patient, masterful strategizing finally yields precisely the outcome he desires: absolute power for himself and peace for all of Japan.  Sanada’s moment of career triumph is not dissimilar in its decade-spanning tirelessness (at least, in entertainment industry terms). He began performing nearly 60 years ago as a child in Japan, apprenticing under the legendary actor Sonny Chiba on the way to becoming a major local star, before breaking into Hollywood with roles in projects like The Last Samurai, Lost, The Wolverine, Avengers: Endgame, Bullet Train, John Wick: Chapter 4 and many others. But now, he is the star of what many analysts believe to be Disney‘s most-watched streaming series to date, a show …

‘Shōgun’ Ends, ‘Baby Reindeer’ Takes Off, and a Thrilling Emmy Race Begins

‘Shōgun’ Ends, ‘Baby Reindeer’ Takes Off, and a Thrilling Emmy Race Begins

[ad_1] This year marks the 10th anniversary of Fargo and True Detective making their debuts at the Emmys, a watershed moment in the evolution of the prestige limited series. These two pricey, star-driven, anthology-structured shows won over both critics and viewers before going their own ways when it came to vying for awards recognition: Fargo did well in what was then known as the “miniseries” categories (the name changed to “limited series” in 2015), while True Detective competed as a drama, only to be squashed nearly across the board by the final season of Breaking Bad. It’d submit, less successfully, as a limited series from then on. How fitting that both have come back around this cycle, improbably revitalized amid a completely transformed television landscape. These two juggernauts anchored a decade of limited-series phenomena, from The People v. O.J. Simpson to Big Little Lies to The White Lotus, which saw networks matching A-list talent with rich material and reaping gold rewards. But following a tumultuous year of industry strikes and cutbacks, and as Hollywood continues …

Cosmo Jarvis Goes Deep on the ‘Shōgun’ Finale and Blackthorne’s Ending

Cosmo Jarvis Goes Deep on the ‘Shōgun’ Finale and Blackthorne’s Ending

[ad_1] The finale opens with him having these visions of a future filled with regret, looking back. You’re in very elaborate old-age makeup. How were these sequences presented to you? Well, the makeup was astounding. Six hours, seven hours, something like that—it took a very long time. I looked like my grandfather. It’s difficult for me to talk about, because not all of that scene made it into the cut. There were parts of that scene that were not included in the final episode. Some of those omissions nailed down the nature of Blackthorne’s character and motivations, as I’ve previously described—they nailed down the extent of them, but it was a difficult scene to play. It’s so theoretical that the purpose of that is to depict the man as he was, succeeding in the way he initially hoped to succeed, and the ramifications of that on his soul. Was that level of physical transformation new to you? Oh, yes, it was. I mean, they got rid of most of the scene, but to play an …

Will ‘Shōgun’ Get a Season Two?

Will ‘Shōgun’ Get a Season Two?

[ad_1] Like many limited series before it, Shōgun, FX’s epic series set in 17th-century Japan, was originally intended to be just a single season. But as Shōgun’s 10th and final episode, “A Dream of a Dream,” streams on FX, fans are wondering whether there’s any hope for the buzzy series starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Anna Sawai, and Cosmo Jarvis to return for another season. Extending Shōgun might be a tricky prospect. Based on the 1975 novel of the same name by James Clavell, Shōgun tells the tale of English sailor John Blackthorne (Jarvis) who winds up shipwrecked in feudal Japan as fictional Lord Yoshii Toranaga (Sanada) is at war with dangerous political rivals. In a February interview with The Direct, coshowrunner Justin Marks said that Shōgun season one ends “exactly where the book ends” and that he and coshowruner Rachel Kondo “tell the complete story of the book” with the season. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last month, Marks also noted the “long tail of postproduction” on the series, revealing that the first season …

Shogun: I travelled to the real Japanese locations that inspired the show

Shogun: I travelled to the real Japanese locations that inspired the show

[ad_1] For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Rule number one of bathing in a Japanese onsen: no clothes allowed. Not even if you’re shy, and not even if you think you’ve eaten too much sushi to feel body confident – no excuse will get you out of stripping completely bare for the full thermal bath experience. I’ll be honest: getting nude with strangers in a public place has never been high on my list of life goals. But with the promise of the natural spring water healing your every ache and pain, it seems too good an opportunity to miss. And this is how I find myself in an outdoor pool, completely naked with the Pacific Ocean to my left and a silent elderly woman to my right, nothing but the full moon rippling in the water between us. I should add that this is all Shōgun’s fault. Since its launch in February, the …

She knows her own destiny”: Anna Sawai is her own savior in “Shōgun

She knows her own destiny”: Anna Sawai is her own savior in “Shōgun

[ad_1] At some point last year, Anna Sawai struggled through an existential crisis. Proving that such paroxysms can descend on anyone at any time and anywhere, the 31-year-old recalls being in Hawaii when it hit her.   Regardless of how well her career was going, she says she couldn’t help wondering: “Why? What am I doing? I was away from my family and all alone in Hawaii, and I was like, if I’m not spending time with the people that I love, no matter how beautiful this view is or the good the food is like, it’s nothing.” Such a malaise is natural for anyone, but Sawai may have been still letting go of Mariko, her doomed noblewoman and the heart and soul of FX’s “Shōgun.” “It was hard to separate from her at times,” Sawai recalled during a chat that took place in Pasadena before the series premiered. “Even on weekends, I would feel the weight of her . . . It was not always easy. “ In the 1980 adaptation of James Clavell’s novel …

Inside Mariko’s Jaw-Dropping ‘Shōgun’ Decision: “It’s What She Wants”

Inside Mariko’s Jaw-Dropping ‘Shōgun’ Decision: “It’s What She Wants”

[ad_1] This article contains spoilers about the ninth episode of Shōgun, “Crimson Sky.” When Anna Sawai first read the script for the ninth episode of Shōgun, “Crimson Sky,” she didn’t feel especially emotional. “I already knew the story, so it was more like, ‘Okay, how are we going to shoot this?’” she recalls. “I was just distancing myself and thinking about the technical stuff. That’s how I had to do it, because otherwise I would have to carry those emotions for way too long.” Indeed, for the actor behind Shōgun’s tragic hero, Lady Mariko, everything came to a head only when cameras started rolling. Even more than a year after wrapping the series, the emotions didn’t fall away: “I’d remember how I felt playing certain scenes, and I would just cry.” Mariko dies at the end of “Crimson Sky” in an act of ultimate sacrifice. She puts herself on the front lines in Osaka, as part of her Lord Toranaga’s grand plan to seize power and expose the deception of his rival, Ishido (Takehiro Hira). …

Shōgun: why the English samurai’s life and legacy still grip Japan 400 years on | Japan

Shōgun: why the English samurai’s life and legacy still grip Japan 400 years on | Japan

[ad_1] On a backstreet in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo, between a seafood wholesaler and a jewellery shop, stands a simple monument. It marks the former site, the inscription reads, of the home of William Adams, the first English person to reach Japan, and the inspiration for one of the standout TV series of this year. Though it says Adams rendered “valuable services in foreign affairs”, the memorial is a strangely inconspicuous tribute to a man who, more than 400 years after his death, remains an unbreakable thread running through Anglo-Japanese relations, and whose on-screen portrayal continues to trigger debate. The release this month of the Disney+ series Shōgun has reignited interest in the navigator from Kent whose talents were endless: shipbuilding, gunnery, mathematics, geography, trade negotiation and diplomacy, and, most notable of all, personal skills that saw him become friend and trusted adviser to the feudal warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu. Born in Gillingham in 1564, Adams was the sole Englishman aboard Dutch merchant ship De Liefde when it drifted into Usuki Bay in south-west Japan …