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28th Jun '16 1:01:23 PM BoredMe
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* ArtisticLicense-History: Evidently, when Blackthorne was horrified and enraged by a Dutch shipmate being boiled alive, no one bothered to tell him that it had been a legal death sentence back home in Tudor England for over 50 years.
24th Jun '16 8:57:54 AM Andrew
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* InfoDump: One of the primary storytelling strategies in ''Shogun'' involves characters behaving in bizarre, illogical ways, then explaining why at great length a few pages later. The most flagrant example comes at the very end of the book, in which Toranaga takes several pages to finally lay out all of his plans and motivations.
7th May '16 3:17:36 PM althesmith
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Also, Rodriques, the Portuguese navigator in Shogun, is said to have them- justifiably, as he is not only married to a Japanese woman (who would have emphasised hygiene) but being Southern European, likely had a far better diet in vitamins growing up (more fresh fruit)- not to mention that forms of dental hygiene had been practiced in the Mediterranean countries since the Romans.
11th Mar '16 7:39:58 PM GrammarNavi
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''Shogun'', ''Tai-Pan'', ''King Rat'' and ''Noble House'' have been adapted for film and television (with the ''Shogun'' miniseries/film starring ToshiroMifune being the best known adaptation), and ''Shogun'' was also adapted as an Creator/{{Infocom}} computer game and a Broadway musical. Also there was a strategy game based on ''Tai-Pan'' for many platforms, including ZX Spectrum.

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''Shogun'', ''Tai-Pan'', ''King Rat'' and ''Noble House'' have been adapted for film and television (with the ''Shogun'' miniseries/film starring ToshiroMifune Creator/ToshiroMifune being the best known adaptation), and ''Shogun'' was also adapted as an Creator/{{Infocom}} computer game and a Broadway musical. Also there was a strategy game based on ''Tai-Pan'' for many platforms, including ZX Spectrum.
23rd Oct '15 10:47:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: Toranaga and Dirk Struan both have a lot of this, which is why they are the resident {{Magnificent Bastard}}s of their books.
** Actually, quite a lot of characters have some level of this, which is to be expected since they are mostly reasonably intelligent people who have been doing their jobs for a long time. One of the few exceptions to this is William Longstaff from ''Tai-Pan'', who is an UpperClassTwit who has been trained for European politics and is totally out of his depth in the fledgling Hong Kong.



* TheStarscream: Yabu is determined right from the start to betray Toranaga and take his position. [[GenreSavvy Toranaga is fully aware of this,]] and plays him expertly to keep him loyal, [[spoiler: at least until he doesn't need him any more and is provided with a convenient reason to get rid of him...]]

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* TheStarscream: Yabu is determined right from the start to betray Toranaga and take his position. [[GenreSavvy Toranaga is fully aware of this,]] this, and plays him expertly to keep him loyal, [[spoiler: at least until he doesn't need him any more and is provided with a convenient reason to get rid of him...]]
18th Aug '15 12:59:34 PM shawnmstewart
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* MortonsFork: The Catholic hierarchy faces one of these in ''Shogun'' - they're being pressured by both Ishido's faction and Toranaga's faction for support, with it being made clear that failure to commit or backing the losing side will result in the loss of their power and influence. Since Ishido openly dislikes them and will restrict them anyway if he wins, they decide to back Toranaga - [[spoiler: who secretly dislikes them and will restrict them anyway if he wins.]]
29th Jul '15 10:20:57 AM JonShannow
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* CorruptCop: Large portions of the Hong Kong police, especially Donald C.C Smyth: head of the East Aberdeen precinct and the Dragons: a group of Chinese Police officers who run a large portion of the illegal gambling in Hong Kong.


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* FullNameBasis: In the text The Snake, Donald C.C Smyth is often referred to in full rather than just his fore or surname like all the other characters


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* TheMole: Several in Noble House. John Chen is one in Struan's for Linc. Sevrin is a soviet network of moles in the Hong Kong police and business and [[spoiler: Brian Kwok]] is one for the PRC.
14th May '15 3:39:11 PM Miriam
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* TranslationByVolume: In the ''Shogun'' miniseries, Blackthorne's first interactions with the Japanese all involve him speaking very loudly and very slowly.
4th May '15 9:02:45 AM AgProv
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* EternallyPearlyWhiteTeeth: the hero of ''Literature/Tai-Pan'' is the only European to have them. Proof of his moral degeneracy, as he learnt tooth care from the Chinese, who consider European teeth to be disgusting and evidence of un-necessary neglect. Most Europeans live for the day they can have the whole lot pulled out and replaced with false dentures; one rival dies when stoically ignoring an abscess, which develops into blood poisoning.
19th Sep '14 2:24:05 PM mzytryck01
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: The series was allegedly supposed to continue, but Clavell died in 1993, not long after ''Gai-Jin'' was published.



* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In ''Shogun'', Ishido (Ishida Mitsunari's {{Expy}}) is buried up to the neck in mud, and random passers-by are invited to take turns sawing away at his neck with a bamboo saw. It took days for him to stop screaming and finally die.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: In ''Shogun'', [[spoiler: Ishido (Ishida Mitsunari's {{Expy}}) {{Expy}})]] is buried up to the neck in mud, and random passers-by are invited to take turns sawing away at his neck with a bamboo saw. It took days for him to stop screaming and finally die.
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