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Where to watch Shōgun in Australia


One of the biggest shows of 2024 is now streaming in Australia. Here are your viewing options.

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Make no mistake, Shōgun is tipped to be one of the biggest and most talked-about shows of the year.

Based on the best-selling novel by James Clavell, the story takes place in feudal Japan during the chaotic onset of the Edo period.

With epic battle scenes, political intrigue, expendable characters and lashings of sex and violence, it's basically Game of Thrones with samurai.

Where to watch Shōgun in Australia

Shōgun was produced by the American pay TV company FX.

In Australia, the series is being streamed on Disney+.

From March 5, a premium Disney+ subscription will cost $17.99 per month.

However, you can save $40 by signing up to an annual membership before the aforementioned date.

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Are there any other ways to watch Shōgun in Australia?

Shōgun is also available on the US video streaming service Hulu. While not yet available in Australia, it is technically possible to access Hulu via a VPN.

However, this isn't particularly cost effective once you factor in exchange rates and VPN costs. It is also against Hulu's terms of service, if you care about that sort of thing.

Shōgun episode schedule

Disney+ will be dropping new episodes of Shōgun each week following a double-episode launch.

Here is the schedule:

  • Episode 1: February 27, 2024
  • Episode 2: February 27, 2024
  • Episode 3: March 5, 2024
  • Episode 4: March 12, 2024
  • Episode 5: March 19, 2024
  • Episode 6: March 26, 2024
  • Episode 7: April 2, 2024
  • Episode 8: April 9, 2024
  • Episode 9: April 16, 2024
  • Episode 10: April 23, 2024

What is the cheapest way to watch Shōgun ?

Disney+ currently offers a free 14-day trial to new customers.

If you don't mind waiting until April 23, you could potentially binge the entire series over 14 days and pay nothing.

If you want to watch the show right now, the next cheapest option is signing up for a standard membership for 2 months. This will set you back $27.98.


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About Shōgun

Shōgun follows the intertwined destinies of three characters in 17th century Japan: John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis); a shipwrecked English sailor who washes ashore near a fishing village, Lord Toranaga (Hiroyuki Sanada); a powerful feudal lord with shadowy ambitions and Lady Mariko (Anna Sawai); a noblewoman caught in the crossfire of political machinations.

Based on the novel of the same name by James Clavell, the story takes place over 10 action-packed episodes against the backdrop of a century-defining civil war.

About the author

If you can't get enough of Shōgun, your next port of call is the novel of the same name by James Clavell.

Clavell was an interesting character whose real-life experiences during World War 2 helped to inform the book. (He was in a shipwreck and spent time as a Japanese captive.)

His main claims to fame are writing the screenplays for The Fly (1958) and The Great Escape (1963), two films that went on to become all-time classics of their respective genres.

He also wrote, produced and directed To Sir, with Love (1967) starring Sidney Poitier.

In addition to Shōgun, Clavell wrote 5 more books in the so-called Asian Saga series: Tai-Pan, Gai-Jin, King Rat, Noble House and Whirlwind.

With the exception of Gai-Jin, none of the other titles in the Asian Saga are connected to Shōgun, with each taking place in a different era and country.

You can grab the collected works on Amazon for $78.34, or the standalone Shōgun novel for $22.99.

Here are the links to buy:

Shōgun: 1
Shōgun: 1

After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen--Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom.

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The Complete Asian Saga Series by James Clavell
The Complete Asian Saga Series by James Clavell

Get the 6-book collection in one package: Shōgun Tai-Pan, Gai-Jin, King Rat, Noble House and Whirlwind.

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