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Here's the cast of 'Shōgun' and who they play

Here's the cast of 'Shōgun' and who they play
  • "Shōgun" is a new FX series set in 1600s Japan, and an adaptation of James Clavell's novel.

  • Its cast is primarily composed of Japanese actors, and its story mirrors real historical events.

  • Here's the cast of "Shōgun," who they're playing, and what they look like in real life.

FX's "Shōgun" is a new series that takes viewers into 1600s Edo-era Japan, adapting James Clavell's novel and drawing on real-life history.

The show stars Hiroyuki Sanada (also a producer) as Lord Yoshii Toranaga, a figure akin to the real-life shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu. When Englishman John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) washes ashore, he becomes an important figure in Toranaga's power struggle. Toda Mariko (Anna Sawai), a noblewoman, serves as their translator.

The series, created by Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks, features a cast composed primarily of Japanese actors. Here's the show's main cast and who they're playing.

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Hiroyuki Sanada plays Yoshii Toranaga

left: lord yoshii toranaga, an imposing man clad in edo-era Japanese armor; right: hiroyuki sanada, wearing a brown suit, glasses, and smiling
Hiroyuki Sanada plays Yoshii Toranaga in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX; John Lamparski/Getty Images

Prior acting credits: "The Twilight Samurai," "John Wick: Chapter 4," "Sunshine"

FX character summary: "A powerful bushō from a feared lineage, Toranaga is lord of the expansive Kanto Region."

Anna Sawai plays Toda Mariko

left: toda mariko, a serious looking woman with long hair and a cross necklace around her neck; right: anna sawai smiling, wearing a dark grey dress and with her hair styled with one strand over her forehead
Anna Sawai plays Toda Mariko in "Shōgun."Katie Yu/FX; Emma McIntyre/WireImage

Prior acting credits: "Pachinko," "F9: The Fast Saga," "Giri/Haji"

FX character summary: "A poised and mysterious highborn woman, Mariko is deeply faithful and darkly determined."

Cosmo Jarvis plays John Blackthorne

left: john blackthorne wearing japanese clothing, his hair trimmed and bruises on his face; right: cosmo jarvis in a black suit with his facial hair trimmed
Cosmo Jarvis plays John Blackthorne in "Shōgun."Katie Yu/FX; Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic

Prior acting credits: "Calm with Horses," "Persuasion," "Lady Macbeth"

FX character summary: "A restless English pilot, Blackthorne finds more than he bargained for when his ship washes ashore in Japan."

Tadanobu Asano plays Kashigi Yabushige

left: kashigi yabushige wearing edo-era japanese robes and an eboshi hat, looking serious with well trimmed facial hair; right: tadanobu asno at a film premiere wearing thick glasses and a bowtie, smiling
Tadanobu Asano plays Kashigi Yabushige in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX; Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Prior acting credits: "Electric Dragon 80.000 V," "Silence," "Thor"

FX character summary: "Charismatic, brilliant and brutal, Yabushige is Lord of Izu within the Kanto Region."

Hiroto Kanai plays Kashigi Omi

hiroto kanai as kashigi omi, a young main with two katana swords strapped to his waist, and a head shaven on the top with neat facial hair
Hiroto Kanai plays Kashigi Omi in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX

Prior acting credits: "Shômonai bokura no renai-ron," "Labyrinth of Cinema," "Sanzen-en no tsukaikata"

FX character summary: "Smart, political, and brimming with potential, Omi is the young lord of Ajiro."

Takehiro Hira plays Ishido Kazunari

left: ishido kazunari, wearing ornate edo-era robes, a eboshi headpiece, and looking stern and serious; right: takehiro hira in a navy suit and black shirt, his facial hair trimmed
Takehiro Hira plays Ishido Kazunari in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX; Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic

Prior acting credits: "Giri/Haji," "Gran Turismo," "Monarch: Legacy of Monsters"

FX character summary: "Ishido raised himself to become an all-powerful bushō and the Protector of Osaka Castle."

Moeka Hoshi plays Usami Fuji

moeka hoshi as usami fuji, a young woman with short cut bangs, long straight hair, and golden robes
Moeka Hoshi plays Usami Fuji in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX

Prior acting credits: "Why Didn't I Tell You a Million Times?," "Towako Omameda and Her Three Ex-husbands," "Unsung Cinderella."

FX character summary: "Marked by terrible tragedy, Fuji is the granddaughter of Hiromatsu."

Shinnosuke Abe plays Buntaro

left: buntaro in dark robes, with a top knot and shaved top of his head; right: shinnosuke abe in a green suit and blue shirt, standing and holding a microphone
Shinnosuke Abe plays Buntaro in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX; Visual China Group via Getty Images

Prior acting credits: "Kamen Rider 555," "Chouseishin Gransazer," "13 Assassins"

FX character summary: "A brooding, stoic samurai, Buntaro's strength is matched only by his skill for war."

Tokuma Nishioka plays Toda Hiromatsu

left: toda hiromatsu, a sterm looking man with a shaved top of his head and top knot, with a short beard and mustache and green robes; right: tokuma nishioka in a pinstripe suit, blue scarf, and purple tie, smiling
Tokuma Nishioka plays Toda Hiromatsu in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX; Frazer Harrison/FilmMagic

Prior acting credits: "Sedai Wars," "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah," "Green Grass"

FX character summary: "Hiromatsu is Toranaga's hardened general, conscience, and better half."

Yasunari Takeshima plays Muraji

yasunari takeshima as muraji, a man wearing plain blue clothing and with short grey hair and facial hair.
Yasunari Takeshima plays Muraji in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX

Prior acting credits: "Godzilla: Final Wars," "The Last Recipe: Memory of Giraffe's Tongue," "Mozart in the Jungle"

FX character summary: "With a mysterious and well-guarded past, Muraji is devoted to his lord, Toranaga, and his village."

Yuki Kura plays Yoshii Nagakado

yuki kura as yoshii nagakado, a young main with two katana strapped to his waist and with black hair drawn back. he's wearing brown and green clothing
Yuki Kura plays Yoshii Nagakado in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX

Prior acting credits: "Followers," "Out," "Ichiko"

FX character summary: "The brash son of Toranaga, Naagkado has a blinding adoration for his father and a strong desire to prove himself."

Fumi Nikaido plays Ochiba no Kata

fumi nikaido as ochiba no kata, a woman wearing ornatedeep purple robes and looking up towards a patch of sun
Fumi Nikaido plays Ochiba no Kata in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX

Prior acting credits: "Himizu," "My Man," "Why Don't You Play in Hell?"

FX character summary: "Lady Ochiba is the feared and admired mother of Yaechiyo, the Heir."

Tommy Bastow plays Father Martin Alvito

left: father martin alvito, a man in priest clothing with a beard and mustache, and the top of his head shaved; right: tommy bastow in an orange jacket and white shirt, his hair touseled and his facial hair trimmed neatly
Tommy Bastow plays Father Martin Alvito in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX; Michael Tran/AFP via Getty Images

Prior acting credits: "The Window," "Never Back Down: Revolt," "The Crossing"

FX character summary: "Alvito is a skilled translator and a uniquely empathetic presence in a harsh world."

Yuka Kouri plays Kiku

yuka kouri as kiku, ayoung woman wearing ornate red robes, her hair styled eleganty, and playing a shamisen, a lute with three strings and a square body
Yuka Kouri plays Kiku in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX

Prior acting credits: "Laid-Back Camp," "September 1923," "Aibou: Tokyo Detective Duo"

FX character summary: "Kiku is accomplished and skilled in ways known to the select few men who can afford her."

Yoriko Dōguchi plays Kiri no Kata

yoriko dōguchi as kiri no kata, wearing beautiful golden robes and with her hair worn long and straight. she has a stern expression on her face
Yoriko Dōguchi plays Kiri no Kata in "Shōgun."Kurt Iswarienko/FX

Prior acting credits: "Silence," "Love Exposure," "Tampopo"

FX character summary: "Consort wife to Toranaga, Kiri is a steadfast partner to the great warlord."

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