Only two episodes in and Shogun is already one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time.

An adaptation of James Clavell’s best-selling novel, it’s rich, meaty, measured, with a lush production design and first-rate scripts and direction,

It tells the tale of John Blackthorne, an English sailor who rolls up in feudal Japan on a secret mission and instantly plunges into the culture clash between East and West.

The political chicanery and treachery are interspersed with astonishing set pieces that have you on the edge of your seat.

And the acting by a predominantly Japanese cast is excellent. Disney obviously spent a lot of money on this and it shows.

Lots of good lines, but I enjoyed: “Two baths in one week? Do you want me to catch the flux?”

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