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Japan blossomed into its Renaissance at approximately the same time as Europe. Unlike the West, it flourished not through conquest and exploration, but by fierce and defiant isolation. And the man at the heart of this empire was Tokugawa Ieyasu, a warlord who ruled with absolute control. This period is explored through myriad voices-- the Shogun, the Samurai, the Geisha, the poet, the peasant and the Westerner who glimpsed into this secret world.

  1. Lyn Goldfarb

    Director, Writer

  2. Deborah DeSnoo

    Director, Writer

  3. Joan Meyerson


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  1. Michael Auslin

    Himself - Nikko Toshogu Shrine

  2. Beatrice M. Bodart-Bailey

    Herself - Otsuma Women's University

  3. Richard Chamberlain

    Richard Chamberlain


  4. Michael Cooper

    Himself - Former Editor, 'Monumenta Nipponica'

  5. Luke S. Roberts

    Himself - UC Santa Barbera

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Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire


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  • May 26, 2004


    No rating information.

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 45m

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