Netflix is expanding its reach into Asia, particularly the nation of Japan with the announcement it will host “Netflix Festival Japan 2021” in November 2021. The event will take place in Tokyo and will be streamed on the native platform as well as on Netflix’s Japan and Anime YouTube channels.
The event is said to highlight animation and live-action movies, TV shows, and shorts from a “variety” of Japanese celebrities and voice actors for their current and upcoming content.
According to Netflix, “In the six years since Netflix became available in Japan, Netflix has streamed a wide array of titles to domestic audiences. We have bolstered our lineup including international live action titles like Stranger Things, Money Heist, and Crash Landing on You, Japanese live-action titles such as The Naked Director and Alice in Borderland that drew attention both in locally and overseas, and anime titles from various genres, including DEVILMAN crybaby, Baki, and Rilakkuma and Kaoru. This two-day event will introduce fans to a wide genre of upcoming titles, star-studded titles from all across the world, Japanese live-action and anime titles, films, series, unscripted shows, documentaries and more.”
The event will be broken into two parts with the first day showcasing their anime content.
Netflix explained they “will introduce titles released between October and December 2021, just in time for the holiday season, including The Way of the Househusband Season 1 Part 2, Super Crooks, and Season 4 of Aggretsuko, as well as titles with long-awaited new seasons, including ULTRAMAN, Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045, Record of Ragnarok, and Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure. Netflix will also provide new updates on films and series that will be released in 2022, including Spriggan, Thermae Romae Novae, and Drifting Home. Fans tuning in will be the first to see new series, art, and trailers. We will also be joined by creators and industry partners behind all of the magic.”
The second part will take place on the following day and will highlight their live-action content from Japanese filmmakers.
“Netflix will introduce upcoming Netlflix films We Couldn’t Become Adults (which starts streaming November 2021) and Asakusa Kid (premiering on December 9), as well as titles set for release in 2022, including the Netflix series The Journalist, Fishbowl Wives, He’s Expecting, and First Love, and the Netflix film Love Like the Falling Petals,” they said.
The streaming service continued, “In the genre of non-fiction series, Netflix will introduce Love is Blind: Japan, the Japanese version of the global hit reality show, as well as Flip a Coin -ONE OK ROCK Documentary-, which takes a closer look at the excitement of ONE OK ROCK concert. Best-in-class Directors and talents of the upcoming titles will also appear for talk sessions. International stars including Dwayne Johnson from the much anticipated action blockbuster Red Notice, director Rawson Marshall Thurber, Halle Berry, who makes her directorial debut with Bruised, Lily Collins from Emily in Paris, Song Kang from Nevertheless, Matthias Schweighöfer from Army of Thieves, and Asa Butterfield from Sex Education will also be joined through special clips.”
Netflix will host the event on November 9-10.
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