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The Burden of Steel: Yasuke, An African Warrior in Japan

A 16th Century Poet/Warrior/ ventures from East Africa to the Inner Circle of a Japanese Warlord

Overview

Genre
Adventure, History, Culture, Foreign Worlds, and Docu-Drama
Synopsis

Yasufe, an African warrior from a fallen East African Empire three cultures in the maritime world of the 16th century. As a warrior-mercenary, he is chosen to be a bodyguard to Asia's top Jesuit official, Alessandro Valigniano. Visiting Japan with the Jesuit, this imposing figure soon becomes an integral part of the inner circle and samurai retainer to one of Japan's greatest historical figures, Oda Nobunaga, a powerful warlord of Japan in the late 16th century who attempted to unify Japan during the late Sengoku period. in this docudrama, we examine the world of Medieval East Africa, it's warring Stone Town City States, the presence of African mercenaries in India, the Jesuit incursion into the declining Spice Trade dominated by Islamics and the Sengoku Period of Japan.

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
in development
Running time
90 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Plug-In Productions, Tokyko - e22.Creative, Chicago
Country
Japan
Years of Production
2022
Locations
Zanzibar/Mozambique, EAst Africa, Mumbai, India, Kyoto, Japan
Prod. Partners
Plug-In Productions, Tokyko - e22.Creative, Chicago

Distribution Details

Release year
2023
Language
Swahili, Lingala, Hindi, Portugese, Japanese

Photos

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