Heroes and Villains (2007–2008)
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The tale of Samurai and their leaders Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida who were locked into a power struggle after the death of the Taiko, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Ieyasu's and Mistunari's ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Saito ... Ieyasu Tokugawa
Hiro Kanagawa ... Mitsunari Ishida
Louis Ozawa Changchien ... Hideaki Kobayakawa
Yuji Okumoto ... Naomasa Ii
Hiroshi Katsuno Hiroshi Katsuno ... Mototada Torii
Eidan Hanzei Eidan Hanzei ... Hideie Ukita (as Henry Hayashi)
Koh Takeuchi Koh Takeuchi ... Hidetada Tokugawa
Togo Igawa ... Hideyoshi Toyotomi
Kohei Mima Kohei Mima ... Tadayoshi Matsudaira
Eugene Nomura ... Kagekatsu Uesugi
Takahiro Hotta Takahiro Hotta ... Nobuyasu Matsudaira
Yusuke Tochio Yusuke Tochio ... Hideyori Toyotomi
Hiroaki Watanabe Hiroaki Watanabe ... Hidetada's aide
Michihiro Kinoshita Michihiro Kinoshita ... Ieyasu general
Toshiyuki Sasaki Toshiyuki Sasaki ... Ieyasu general


The tale of Samurai and their leaders Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida who were locked into a power struggle after the death of the Taiko, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Ieyasu's and Mistunari's actions would develop into one of the biggest rivals in world history as Ieyasu increased his power over Japan, Mitsunari would secretly rally an army of rebels in hopes into overthrow Ieyasu, but it would be the Taiko's Nephew, Hideyaki and his forces who would not only escalate a civil war, but during the battle of Sekigahara the biggest samurai battle in Japanese history, would make a decision that would realize Ieyasu's power over Japan and create his Shogunate. Written by John Wiggins

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Documentary | Drama




UK | Greece



Release Date:

1 April 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu See more »

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Did You Know?


The castle mostly seen is Himeiji Castle, possibly the most famous castle in Japan. See more »


The castle that is mostly seen is not Fushimi Castle, it is Himeiji Castle. See more »


Tokugawa - Ieyasu: So, I finally get my own bed back.
Hidetada: [Coming in and being pinned down by Mototada] It's me.
Tokugawa - Ieyasu: We can see.
Hidetada: Who was that?
Tokugawa - Ieyasu: Mitsunari's men.
Hidetada: Mitsunari? I'll kill him.
Tokugawa - Ieyasu: You'll do nothing, understand? Leave Mitsunari to me. You will do nothing.
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A stellar representation of one of the greatest stories ever told
26 March 2011 | by philjmooreSee all my reviews

OK, so the 10 I rated it might be a tad overrated in most peoples' eyes, but this episode left me speechless and in awe. The intricate political intrigue takes viewers on a journey into the leading hearts and minds of medieval/renaissance Japan that will determine the fate of the nation for centuries to come. The acting is so convincing that I feel like I'm observing the actual events as they unfold.

BBC did a great job of keeping the tension high at the right points, the sound/music is inspiring, and all of the special effects look convincing. The Samurai Bushido code plays a major role here as Ieyasu Tokugawa and Ishida Mitsunari battle it out for the title of Shogun, climaxing with the Battle of Sekigahara that all centers around a young man's very heart and soul. Loyalty is the principle here: does one rely on family ties or bonds forged from a the blazing crucible of war? Find out in this episode of Heroes and Villains. It's worth your while.

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