Embark on a journey through the characters of the epic miniseries ‘Shogun’

HIROYUKI Sanaga (left) and John Blackthorne. | photographs courtesy of disney+

FX’s acclaimed miniseries, Shogun, boasts of compelling characters and complex plot twists set in Feudal Japan. In a tumultuous saga of power, betrayal and redemption, each of these characters will take center stage as they navigate treacherous political waters, forge unlikely alliances and confront the demons of their past. 

Now streaming on Disney+, watch Shogun to witness how these characters will develop, their pivotal roles in shaping the course of history and their deeply personal journeys of self-discovery. 

It is an adaptation of James Clavell’s bestselling novel set in Japan in the year 1600 at the dawn of a century-defining civil war. Producer Hiroyuki Sanada stars as Lord Yoshii Toranaga, who fights for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him.  

When a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village, its English pilot, John Blackthorne (Cosmo 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. 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.