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English actors were hired for the entire six months that production was going to take. It was not possible to do the same with the Japanese actors, especially Toshirô Mifune, so during filming there was a constant negotiation about his availability when necessary to meet the shooting schedule. Apparently, at some points, negotiations became very tight and tense.
Listen to me, you whore-gutted, pock-marked, motherless scum... I need a favor.
During the earthquake scene, when two of the "crevasses" open up to drop samurai into them, you can see the wooden planks used to loosely cover the crevasses so people could walk on them until their supports were blown, hidden by a thick layer of dirt.
Originally a ten-hour TV miniseries narrated by Orson Welles, it was later reissued for television in a somewhat shortened version with narration by Anne Bancroft. Shogun was re-edited into a 125-minutes movie for USA network TV with the addition of a new voice over narrated by Orson Welles