his week we are joined by Dr Jonathan Wroot, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Greenwich, to discuss Samurai in Cinema. Oliver and Jonathan take a look at the many faces of samurai in Japanese cinema and their global influence on film producers. Jonathan also focusses on Zatoichi, the lone blind swordsman that has graced film and TV in Japan and elsewhere for over 50 years.
421 years ago, an Englishman by the name of William Adams became the first to reach Japan. Initially detained by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, he became an invaluable source of innovation regarding shipbuilding and establishing English and Dutch trading factories in Hirado, Nagasaki. Recognised as one of the most influential foreigners in Japan during this period,Continue reading “Remains of the first English samurai William Adams identified?”