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Details Inside. Shogun Makers To Correct All Of Hollywood’s Mistakes In Representing Japan

<p>The second big TV adaptation of James Clavell’s iconic book, Shogun, is coming soon to FX, and it promises to be a wild ride. FX’s rendition is deeply anchored in the Japanese viewpoint, in contrast to its other adaptations, which mostly highlighted the perspective of white people in Japan. Co-creators of the series Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo said in a ComicBook.com interview that one of the main enhancements in the 2024 version was providing executive producer credit to actor Hiroyuki Sanada.</p>
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<p>Sanada provided priceless insight into how Japanese culture has been misunderstood in Hollywood. He is well-known for his parts in Western movies like The Wolverine and Avengers: Endgame in addition to his significant work in Japanese cinema.</p>
<p>Marks clarified that Sanada’s 25 years of Hollywood expertise enabled him to see and correct many errors the business made while portraying Japanese culture.</p>
<p>“I have seen all of Hollywood’s errors in representing my culture. So let’s get started. You can just provide us with the laundry list, and while we produce this program, we can go through it and attempt to avoid it every day. I am the one you should employ. This individual is someone I know. He said, “I know that person.”</p>
<p>The choice of Japanese producer Eriko Miyagawa and other important members of the team, such as consultants for props, art, language, translation, and history, was greatly influenced by Sanada. Additionally, he convinced them to work in Vancouver for almost a year by emphasizing the value of authenticity and correctness.</p>
<p>Sanada’s commitment to the project was emphasized by Kondo, who also pointed out that he wasn’t driven by money but rather by a desire to guide the younger actors. According to the site, Sanada wanted to make sure that next performers had a better career in the business.</p>
<p>In the 1600s Japanese civil war drama Shogun, Sanada’s character, Lord Yoshi Toranaga, is followed as he negotiates political intrigue and conflicts with formidable foes. The tale is further complicated by the appearance of an English pilot named John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) and a mystery Christian noblewoman named Toda Mariko (Anna Sawai), which results in unexpected alliances and betrayals.</p>
<p>Tadanobu Asano, Hiroto Kanai, Takehiro Hira, Moeka Hoshi, Tokuma Nishioka, Shinnosuke Abe, Yuki Kura, Yuka Kouri, and Fumi Nikaido are among the series’ skilled cast members. On February 27, FX’s Shogun will debut its first two episodes on Hulu and FX. The show promises to be a new interpretation of the book by author Jacki Wessel with an emphasis on authenticity and cultural representation.</p>