[“Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman will produce and topline the samurai story “Yasuke,” set in 16th century Japan.
“Narcos” co-creator Doug Miro is writing the script, which centers on an African man who arrived in Japan in 1579 in the service of an Italian Jesuit and served under the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga. He was captured in a battle in 1582. According to legend, Yasuke is the only person of non-Asian origin to become a Samurai. variety.com/2019/film/news/black-panther-chadwick-boseman-samurai-yasuke-1203207699/] Looking fwd to this, but variety got it wrong there was an English man who became one about two decades later, William Adams who provided the inspiration for the movie Shōgun (1980 miniseries).
Hmm interesting concept. I wonder how they will play it. I think Bozeman would be able to pull it off as far as 16th century setting. His dignified, deliberate style of speaking that we saw in Black Panther, and sober demeanor with humor thrown in at the right moments, plus his athletic moves should make a go of it.
The "Black Samurai" thing in popular media hit a chord with many as in the "Afro-Samurai" anime series, blending samurai lore with a hip hop sensibility, and even starring voice over by Samuel L Jackson. It was a fresh take on the well worn samurai genre.
Another good twist on the genre was Forest Whitaker in Ghostdog: Way of the Samurai, -only set in the modern era- a black urban samurai-style hitman of all things, doing jobs for the Mafia, with classic samurai loyalty. RZA of Wu Tang made a cameo appearance in the "street stare down" scene towards the end- good film.
youtu.be/MFbL9pf08ec Checkout this vid interview it covered at a lot and answered the question of whether he was a slave while in the service of the Portuguese, where he ultimately came from , this is going on my books to buy list.
Fascinating story. He gained his freedom, hooked up with a Jesuit as a bodyguard, toured CHina and India learning multiple languages, then got over to Japan and became a samurai in the court of top warlord Nobugama. He is not a legendary pr mythical figure, but a real guy.
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Yes,there are plenty of these individuals and loner pioneers adventurers often in the services of Eurasian power centers, and off course we here tend to focus on entire African dominated societies because it's needed, but we shouldn't ignore these Individual efforts either..stories need telling also.