The streaming wars are heating up in Japan, the world’s third largest financial system and a rising driver of subscribers.
After a gentle drip of native content material bulletins from Netflix and Disney+ over latest months, Amazon unveiled its personal uptick in manufacturing of Japanese originals at a showcase occasion held in central Tokyo on Wednesday. With a set of A-list Japanese stars available to advertise the event — Takeshi Kitano, Asami Mizukawa, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Naoya Inoue, and Shinya Ueda — Prime Video’s native government group unveiled plans for six new Japan originals, in addition to further dwell boxing rights for the nation.
The slate features a reboot of Kitano’s iconic recreation present Takeshi’s Castle, a neighborhood adaptation of romantic anthology sequence hit Modern Love, YA romantic horror adventure-comedy sequence My Undead Yokai Girlfriend, a film adaptation of Ryota Kosawa’s bestseller Angel Flight, and second seasons of hit reveals The Masked Singer and The Bachelorette Japan.
“Japan has incredible storytellers and we are delighted to be working with some of the best filmmakers, writers, directors, producers and actors in the business,” mentioned Takayuki Hayakawa, head of Japanese Originals at Prime Video. “We have something for everyone: from big shows, to drama, to comedy, to live sports. We’re excited to be announcing these incredibly varied new Japanese Amazon Originals.”
The reboot of Takeshi’s Castle, which aired on terrestrial community TBS from 1986 to 1989 and have become one of the crucial profitable Japanese recreation reveals ever, will premiere solely on Prime Video in 2023.
“This iconic Japanese series has continued to fascinate people all around the world, transcending languages and cultural barriers,” mentioned Hayakawa. “We hope clients of all ages will get pleasure from this program, with many new methods on a grander scale
Modern Love Tokyo, a neighborhood adaptation of the favored Prime Video anthology sequence primarily based on the New York Times romance column, will function 5 main Japanese movie administrators bringing to life a set of tales set in Japan’s capital. Modern Love Tokyo stars Asami Mizukawa, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yûsuke Santamaria, Sôsuke Ikematsu, and Naomi Scott, with episodes directed by veteran filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Wife of a Spy), Naoko Ogigami (Close-Knit), Ryuichi Hiroki (Ride or Die), Nobuhiro Yamashita (Matsugane ransha jiken), and Atsuko Hirayanagi (Oh Lucy!), the latter additionally serving as showrunner. The sequence will premiere this fall.
“With Modern Love Tokyo, we are thrilled to bring a uniquely Japanese dimension to the franchise, a true love letter to the city,” mentioned Erika North, head of APAC Originals at Prime Video. “Proudly, our production was underpinned by gender equality both in front of and behind the camera, featuring a balance of female and male directors and writers, and some of the strongest and multi-dimensional female characters that we have yet seen on Japanese television.”
Set for premiere in 2023, My Lovely Yokai Girlfriend is a half-hour, YA romantic horror adventure-comedy sequence a few lonely school pupil who desires nothing greater than to discover a girlfriend, and a yōkai who by accident turns into bonded to him by means of a magical hex. The quirky love story morphs into an journey saga following a mysterious set of murders, as the 2 outcasts reconcile their sophisticated love for one another with a yokai’s mission of reckless vengeance. The sequence is directed by Takahiro Miki (Love Me, Love Me Not), and created by Yalun Tu (NCIS: Hawaii, Grace) and Zach Hines (Grace).
The function drama Angel Flight, additionally launching in 2023, follows a bunch of pros who work as worldwide hearse repatriation consultants, a job that entails sending individuals who have died overseas again to their homeland. Featuring transferring tales of life and dying, the movie is being scripted by Ryota Kosawasawa (Aibo, Confidenceman JP) and Takafumi Kosaka (Doctor X).
In the dwell sports activities enviornment, Prime Video introduced a number of pick-ups of common boxing rights for Japan. Prime members in Japan may have entry to Prime Video Presents Live Boxing at no further value to their membership, the corporate mentioned. The first installment of dwell boxing supply will happen on April 9 with the WBA and IBF World Middleweight title unification battle between Ryōta Murata from Japan and Gennadiy Golovkin from Kazakhstan. Later, the service will livestream the WBA, IBF, and WBC World Bantamweight title battle between WBA World Bantamweight Super Champion and IBF Bantamweight World Champion Naoya Inoue, and WBC World Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire on June 7 from Japan’s Saitama Super Arena.