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Netflix Expands its appeal to Japanese filmmakers, Says Sakamoto Kaata (EXCLUSIVE) Say

Netflix Expands its appeal to Japanese filmmakers, Says Sakamoto Kaata (EXCLUSIVE) Say

Netflix aims to attract Japanese filmmakers as it tries to increase its appeal to Japanese film makers a lot as the streaming giant architectes ties to local production and feature films in particular. The use of Theatrical releases of Japanese films, among the options, is likewise possible.

The companys initiative was highlighted this week by the signing of the iconic Shoplifters director Kore-eda Hirokazu to direct a big budget feature for the streamer and he'll direct his own series, and the title of which Korer-Edla will be showrunner and co-director.

The Netflix Japan Festival, which lasts for two days, has already announced Kore-eda. At the moment, but we are already developing great stuff, such as great creators, legendary filmmakers and young filmmaker. It's very diverse, Kaata told Variety. He spoke on the sidelines of the two-day Netflix Tokyo Festival in 2021, where the company released updates, releases and introduces new shows covering 50 projects.

We span the series, the films, and the unscripted TV. But, it's important that the masses of audience love to watch films, said Sakamoto. He believes that Japan is a crucial part of the companys Japanese film strategy, which is to keep presenting films to the leading U.S.-based names, such as Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, in line with production and distribution.

The analysis firm Media Partners Asia said that new and library anime titles drive almost half of Netflixs current consumption in Japan.

Japanese theatrical release of non-animation titles can take many months of build-up and yet still be limited.

Films going to festivals and finally go into theaters are traditional ways, Sakamoto said. We have many schemes. Some may be co-productions. Others we will own as originals; that depends on the project and story.

The Netflix service will not be allowed to rule out theatrical releases. Netflix has been a controversial topic in other countries, including France, and the United States. Theatrical releases are possible for some projects. We will do day-and-date, but our main focus is on our Netflix.

The Japanese films on the current slate include: We Couldn't Become Adults, directed by Mori Yoshihiro who is immediately available and the previously announced Asakusa Kid about Beat Takeshi (aka Takeashi Kitano), which uploads from Dec. 9 to 2021.

The film is adapted from the best-selling romance novel Sakura no you na boku no koibito by Keisuke Uyama, which caught fire on TikTok.

The film is based on a Korean hit movie, Architecture 101 and is expected to be made with mixed Japanese and Korean cast. To date the only one that has been disclosed is Yamashita Tomohisa.

The film Once Upon a Crime is based on the novel Akazukin, Tabi no Tochu Tocha to Deau by Aito Aoyagi. In which Little Red Riding Hood becomes dubbed sleeve, it's directed by Fukada Yuichi with the production credits going to Credus Inc. and he-a-sheel production committee.

Netflix announced the live-action feature film of Sunrises Gundam earlier this year, with Legendary Entertainment directing, Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island) starring and Brian K. Vaughan penning the script.