Originally Posted by TPWombat
I also highly recommend the TV Mini-series of Shogun
from around 1980.
IIRC it's about 9 or 10 hours long. Do not confuse it with the theatrical release which cuts the series down to 2.5 hours.
Total guilty pleasure. Watching Richard Chamberlain and Toshiro Mifune chew scenery was really a lot of fun. One of the funniest things I found about it, was that the acting was good enough on the Japanese side that I didn't need the subtitles to figure out what was going on. Really hard to believe that network t.v. used to put out dramatic works of such length, scope, and quality. Oh well, that's what we have HBO for now, I guess.
Another vote for King Rat, and I guess I need to go find a copy of Noble House and Tai-Pan.