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An Evening with FX’s Shōgun Featuring Hiroyuki Sanada

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us for an exclusive screening of the first episode of FX’s Shōgun, followed by a conversation with Hiroyuki Sanada and a networking reception at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles.
Program

*Subject to change

  • 6:00 PM | Opening Remarks
  • 6:15 PM | Screening of FX’s Shōgun (ep. 1)
  • 7:30 PM | Conversation with Hiroyuki Sanada
  • 8:00 PM | Reception

FX’s Shōgun, an original adaptation of James Clavell’s bestselling novel, is 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 is fighting 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.

The 10-episode limited series features an acclaimed Japanese cast, unprecedented for an American production, including Tadanobu Asano as “Kashigi Yabushige,” a notorious backstabber and close ally of Toranaga; Hiroto Kanai as “Kashigi Omi,” the young leader of the fishing village where Blackthorne’s ship was found; Takehiro Hira as “Ishido Kazunari,” a powerful bureaucrat who is Toranaga’s chief rival; Moeka Hoshi as “Usami Fuji,” a widow who must find new purpose amidst her lord’s fight; Tokuma Nishioka as “Toda Hiromatsu,” Toranaga’s trusted general and closest friend; Shinnosuke Abe as “Buntaro” (“Toda Hirokatsu”), Mariko’s jealous husband; Yuki Kura as “Yoshii Nagakado,” the brash son of Toranaga with a strong desire to prove himself; Yuka Kouri as “Kiku,” a courtesan renowned for her artistry throughout Japan; and Fumi Nikaido as “Ochiba no Kata,” the revered mother of the heir who will stop at nothing to put an end to Toranaga and his threat to her son’s power.

Shōgun is created for television by Rachel Kondo & Justin Marks, with Marks serving as showrunner and executive producer alongside Michaela Clavell, Edward L. McDonnell, Michael De Luca and Kondo. The series is produced by FX Productions.

About the Speaker

Hiroyuki Sanada
“Yoshii Toranaga” / Producer

Hiroyuki Sanada is an international star, award-winning actor and one of Japan’s most distinguished and celebrated actors of his generation. He has starred in more than 50 films and earned (the equivalent of) a Japanese Academy Award® for his role in The Twilight Samurai. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. …  Read more.

This event is free, but guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

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Japan House Los Angeles
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles,90028United States
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