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Introduction: Warriors: Shogun (01:46)


In Japan the 16th century was a time of brutal civil war. The country was torn apart as clans fought each other for supremacy, each warlord backed by his own private army of samurai. Tokugawa Ieyasu was the greatest samurai general of all.

Taiko's Deathbed (03:38)

On Sept. 18, 1598, the eyes of Japan were on the 6-year-old heir of dying leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Present were Tokugawa Ieyasu, a powerful warlord, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s loyal minister, Ishida Mitsunari. The rivalry between these two men would shape the future or Japan.

Conflicting Loyalties (03:01)

Tokugawa Hidetada secretly plotted against Toyotomi Hideyoshi's heir. His loyalty had been tested 20 years earlier when his own eldest son was unjustly accused of disloyalty and ordered to commit ritual suicide. Tokugawa Ieyasu’s heir was Tokugawa Hidetada, a young man who was impatient for power.

Assassination Attempt (03:42)

Tokugawa Ieyasu made his first move after several months of careful planning. He sent young Toyotomi Hideyori away from Fushimi and the intrigues of court, a move that was meant to provoke a reaction from Ishida Mitsunari and the ruling council. His response was an assassination attempt.

Secret Deal (04:27)

Tokugawa Ieyasu was in no hurry to deal with Ishida Mitsunari, a predictable enemy that he knew he could defeat. He coerced his rival into exile as his son, Tokugawa Hidetada, planned to kill him in retaliation for the assassination attempt.

Tokugawa Consolidates Power (04:16)

Tokugawa Ieyasu began tightening his grip on power, ousting two members of the ruling council. He also married his daughters to powerful warlords, turning potential rivals into allies. Rebel forces gathered in protest, and Tokugawa Ieyasu sought the blessing of Kobayakawa Hideaki before striking.

Tokugawa Suffers Setback (03:56)

Tokugawa Ieyasu had left loyal retainer Torii Mototada and a few hundred men to guard his rear as he went off to battle rebel forces. Torii Mototada was outnumbered and, facing defeat, he committed suicide rather than facing the shame of losing Fushimi Castle.

Civil War Breaks Out (05:13)

Civil war engulfed Japan. Tokugawa Ieyasu tried to pick off Ishida Mitsunari’s allies in a series of battles. Ishida Mitsunari and his allies approached from the west, aiming to attack Tokugawa Ieyasu’s power base. Forces led by Tokugawa Hidetada were delayed as opposing armies gathered.

Battle of Sekigahara (13:27)

Ishida Mitsunari’s army left Ogaki, marching towards Sekigahara, on Oct. 20, 1600. Kobayakawa Hideaki promised to defect and join Tokugawa Ieyasu’s side in battle but wavered, prompting an extraordinary gamble. Tokugawa Ieyasu prevailed after forcing his ally to pick a side.

Becoming the Shogun (05:13)

Tokugawa Ieyasu’s son arrived the day after the Battle of Sekigahara. He was required to commit suicide for shaming his family, but Tokugawa Ieyasu spared his life. Ishida Mitsunari was hunted down and beheaded. Toyotomi Hideyori later led a failed rebellion against Tokugawa Ieyasu and committed suicide.

Credits: Warriors: Shogun (01:13)

Credits: Warriors: Shogun

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Tokugawa Ieyasu is Japan's most famous warrior leader, the greatest Samurai general of them all. A rebel, usurper and a unifier, his achievements would match those of Julius Caesar or Napoleon Bonaparte. He was as cunning as he was brave, founding a dynasty that would rule Japan for 250 years. His ruthless philosophy of loyalty and sacrifice would shape his country until our modern age.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL185531

ISBN: 978-1-64623-999-3

Copyright date: ©2007

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