Shogun World is another world that’s been teased quite a bit since the conclusion of the first season of Westworld, but it’s only recently that the name has officially been confirmed. But how would they use them, and why would they do so?
In an interview with EW, show co-creator Jonathan Nolan discussed that with a concept of creating world-based theme parks, it’s important to reach a global audience. As such, they settled on Shogun World instead of something like Roman World or Medieval World. But that’s not the only reason.
Film geeks will know that Japanese cinema and western cinema (and I mean western as a genre, not as in Hollywood) have a lot in common.
“It comes down to being obsessed with Japanese cinema as a kid and earnestly wanting to make an homage to Akira Kurosawa and the other films I grew up watching. My older brothers and I watched Sergio Leone Westerns and Kurosawa’s classic samurai films and were fascinated to discover they had the same plot. You had this wonderful call and response between these two genres — with the gunslinger and the ronin. They have identical tropes but are set within different cultures. Frankly, this was just a great excuse to go and make a samurai movie with all the trimmings.”
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But don’t think that the aesthetic is the only thing they’ll be replicating. It’s all about truly being immersed in a world, and as such, that means there will be a lot of Japanese.
“We wanted to feel like our story dropped into a totally different world. Basically, we have a whole episode in Japanese.”
Are you excited to see a whole episode take place in Shogun World? How do you anticipate it will play into the entire plot? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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