Netflix’s unscripted TV and movie slate from Japan is getting a boost.
The company unveiled five new upcoming Japanese titles – including a romantic reality series and true-crime documentaries, a J-pop star and the art of Kabuki theater – which join 10 previous unscripted projects that the streamer was already in development. The company said it plans to release seven unscripted Japanese shows this year alone.
“Japan’s love affair with unscripted content dates back to the 1950s and remains one of the country’s most dominant forms of entertainment,” said Netflix Japan’s two live-action creative executives, Mitsuko. Koyabashi and Taro Goto, in a joint statement. “From comedy shows to competition shows, Japanese variety shows provide the kind of heartwarming entertainment people expect from television, while reality shows tap into great enthusiasm for living vicariously through real-world adventures. of on-screen personalities.”
They added, “The new slate includes a rich variety of unscripted genres, from comedy, reality TV to documentaries.”
Titles include: village of love, a reality series in which young Japanese singles settle in a house in the mountains to see if love can transpire in an idyllic setting; a second season of the Japanese version of Netflix’s dating format Love is blind; documentary LiSA Another great dayan inside look at the life of the Japanese music star; Sing, dance, play: Kabuki, a documentary that follows former teen idol and actor Toma Ikuta as he tries to enter the harsh and rarefied world of Japanese Kabuki theater; and Tokyo Crime Squad: The Lucie Blackman Casea documentary that tells the inside story of the turbulent and complex investigation into the murder of British tourist Lucie Blackman, told through never-before-seen interviews with the Japanese detectives who carried out the case.
The new titles join previously announced unscripted projects in development at Netflix Japan, such as the upcoming reboot of the acclaimed iron boss cooking competition franchise and a feature film exploring the meteoric rise and fall of former automotive executive Carlos Ghosn.
Netflix scored some of its biggest early hits in Japan via the unscripted category, with reality shows like Ainori and terrace house burst both locally and abroad.
“Our recent success with unscripted shows proves that this appetite continues to grow,” Koyabashi and Goto said.
Netflix’s Recently Launched Unscripted Japanese Comedy Series The last one standing is currently ranked first on the Top 10 list of most-watched streamers in the country.