Netflix will be adapting Sakyo Komatsu’s Japan Sinks again, this time as a live-action series starring Godzilla vs. Kong’s Shun Oguri.
Netflix will soon start streaming more Japanese TV shows internationally, an initiative that will include the latest TV adaptation of Japan Washbasins.
As the Japanese entertainment site Eiga Natalie reports, Netflix has partnered with the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS, not to be confused with the American cable channel with the same initials) to locate and broadcast several of their titles internationally. One of those shows will be the new live-action TV series Japan sinks: people of hope, which will be the final adaptation of Sakyo Komatsu’s 1973 disaster / science fiction novel of the same name. The new series will feature Shun Oguri, a popular Japanese actor who Western audiences can recognize through his supporting role in 2021. Godzilla vs. Kong. Fans of manga and Shojo anime may also recognize the actor by his portrayal of Rui Hanizawa in the live-action Japanese adaptation of Yoko Kamio’s film. Boys above the flowers, while players will know him from his starring role in Sega Yakuza 6. The new series is slated to premiere in Japan on October 10, and Netflix will air the series internationally shortly thereafter.
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Japan Washbasins has been adapted for film, television, and manga on several occasions. The novel was originally adapted into a manga series by Golgo 13 creator Takao Saito, and was also made into a 2006 live-action film, which was directed by co-founder of Gainax and Neon Genesis Evangelion and Macross More screenwriter Shinji Higuchi. Netflix co-produced the previous most recent adaptation of the novel, Japan sinks in 2020. This series is an anime from Science SARU, the animation studio that produced the critically acclaimed film The night is short, walk on Girl and the next one Heike’s story, as well as two of the short films presented in the Star Wars Visions anthology series. Japan sinks in 2020 was directed by Masaki Yuasa, the director of acclaimed animated series such as The Tatami Galaxy, Kaiba, Devilman crybaby and Hands off Eizouken!
While major American studios such as Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros. have started to keep their productions on their own competing streaming services, Netflix has started looking abroad for new content for its streaming service. In recent years, Netflix has invested heavily in a number of original anime productions, including hits such as BEASTS and the highly anticipated next season of Jojo’s bizarre adventure. The company has also recently seen huge success with Squid game, a South Korean drama about a sadistic game of chance that quickly became one of the most-streamed titles of all time on Netflix.
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