Commanding shoguns and fierce samurai warriors, distinctive geisha and delightful artisans – all had been part of a Japanese renaissance between the 16th and 19th centuries when Japan went from chaos and violence to a land of ritual refinement and peace.

Nevertheless stability obtained right here at a worth: for virtually 250 years, Japan was a land closed to the Western world, dominated by the shogun under his absolute power and administration. This documentary brings to life the unknown story of a mysterious empire, its relationship with the West, and the forging of a nation which may emerge as in all probability probably the most important nations on this planet.