By Eiji Yoshikawa
Within the tempestuous ultimate a long time of the 16th century, the Empire of Japan writhes in chaos because the shogunate crumbles and rival warlords conflict for supremacy. Warrior clergymen of their armed citadels block the line to the capital; castles are destroyed, villages plundered, fields positioned to the torch.
Amid this devastation, 3 males dream of uniting the country. At one severe is the charismatic yet brutal Nobunaga, whose ruthless ambition crushes all sooner than him. on the contrary pole is the chilly, planned Ieyasu, clever in tips, courageous in conflict, mature past his years. however the keystone of this triumvirate is the main memorable of all, Hideyoshi, who rises from the menial submit of sandal bearer to develop into Taiko-absolute ruler of Japan within the Emperor's identify.
When Nobunaga emerges from obscurity via destroying a military ten instances the scale of his personal, he allies himself with Ieyasu, whose province is susceptible, yet whose canniness and loyalty make him valuable. but it's the scrawny, monkey-faced Hideyoshi-brash, impulsive, and totally fearless-who turns into the not likely savior of this ravaged land. Born the son of a farmer, he is taking at the global with not anything yet his naked fingers and his wits, turning doubters into dependable servants, competitors into devoted neighbors, and enemies into allies. In all this he makes use of a piercing perception into human nature that unlocks fort gates, opens men's minds, and captures women's hearts. For Hideyoshi's passions are usually not constrained to struggle and intrigue-his devoted spouse, Nene, holds his love expensive, even if she needs to proportion it; the chaste Oyu, sister of Hideyoshi's leader strategist, falls prey to his wants; and the seductive Chacha, whom he rescues from the fiery destruction of her father's fortress, tempts his weak point.
As mentioned through Eiji Yoshikawa, writer of the overseas best-seller Musashi, Taiko tells many tales: of the fury of Nobunaga and the deadly vanity of the black-toothed Yoshimoto; of the pathetic downfall of the home of Takeda; how the scorned Mitsuhide betrayed his grasp; how as soon as impregnable ramparts fell as their defenders died gloriously. so much of all, even though, Taiko is the tale of ways one guy remodeled a kingdom throughout the strength of his will and the intensity of his humanity. full of scenes of pageantry and violence, acts of treachery and self-sacrifice, tenderness and savagery, Taiko combines the panoramic spectacle of a Kurosawa epic with a vibrant evocation of feudal Japan.