Amazon Prime Video has doubled its investment in Japan with six greenlit local originals and an additional foray into live boxing.
At an event in Tokyo on Wednesday, Amazon revealed a reboot of “Takeshi’s Castle,” the iconic game show starring Kitano Takeshi that aired on the TBS terrestrial network from 1986 to 1989. The reboot, with the working title “Takeshi’s Castle ProjectModern Love Tokyo,” the Japanese adaptation of Prime Video’s original romance anthology series “Modern Love.” The series stars Asami Mizukawa, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yûsuke Santamaria, Sôsuke Ikematsu and Naomi Scott, with episodes directed by 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!”), who also serves as showrunner. In 2023, “My Lovely Yokai Girlfriend” is a half-hour young adult romantic horror-comedy adventure series about two outcasts directed by Takahiro Miki (“Love Me, Love Me Not”) and created by Yalun Tu (“NCIS: Hawaii, Grace”) and Zach Hines (“Grace”). A film adaptation of Ryota Kosawa’s bestseller “Angel Flight” is also in the works and is slated for release in 2023. The first season of “Bake Off Japan” is slated for April 22, and the second seasons of the Japanese edition of ” The Masked Singer” and “The Bachelorette Japan” are expected for the summer. Additionally, Prime Video will livestream the WBA, IBF and WBC world bantamweight title fight between WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion and IBF Bantamweight World Champion Naoya Inoue, and World Bantamweight Champion WBC bantamweight Nonito Donaire on June 7 from the Saitama Super Arena. This follows the deal Amazon has signed with boxing promotion companies Top Rank and Teiken Promotions to livestream several events. At the Tokyo event, Takashi Kodama, Country Director of Prime Video Japan, and Takayuki Hayakawa, Head of Japanese Originals at Prime Video, gave an overview of the streamer’s business and content strategy and welcomed several guests on stage. , including Kitano Takeshi, Asami Mizukawa, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Naoya Inoue and Shinya Ueda.