Today at its Prime Video Presents Japan flagship event in Tokyo, Prime Video announced the green light for six original Japanese productions, revealed release dates, show titles, trailers and first looks, and announced new live sports rights for Japan.
At the press event, Takashi Kodama, Country Director of Prime Video Japan, and Takayuki Hayakawa, Head of Japanese Originals at Prime Video, provided an overview of the business and content strategy of Japan’s most popular video streaming service. Japan, and welcomed several high-calibre guests on stage. , including Takeshi Kitano, Asami Mizukawa, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Naoya Inoue and Shinya Ueda.
The announcements included a reboot of the iconic game show Takeshi Castle, a local adaptation of a hit romance anthology series modern loveYA romantic horror-comedy adventure series My Undead Yokai Girlfrienda film adaptation of Ryota Kosawa’s bestseller angel flightand the second seasons of hit shows The Masked Singer and The Bachelorette Japan, plus additional live boxing rights.
“We are focused on investing in top Japanese talent to deliver the highest quality content to our Prime Video customers in Japan,”
– noted Erika NorthOriginal Product Manager, Asia Pacific, Amazon Studios.
“We believe that spotlighting the best stories from Japanese creators will excite not only our Japanese viewers, but also audiences around the world.”
“We are committed to producing diverse Japanese programming for Prime members locally and around the world,”
said Takayuki Hayakawa, head of Japanese originals at Prime Video.
“Japan has amazing storytellers and we are thrilled to work with some of the best filmmakers, writers, directors, producers and actors in the business.
We have something for everyone: from big shows, to drama, to comedy, to live sports. We are thrilled to announce these amazingly varied new Japanese Originals from Amazon.
At the event, Takayuki Hayakawa, Head of Japanese Originals at Prime Video, made a series of announcements, including:
- Restarting Takeshi Castle (to be determined, creation date: 2023) – Prime Video Japan has announced the green light for a reboot of Takeshi Castle (Provisional title: Takeshi Castle Project), the iconic Japanese hit game show of the 80s. The all-new Japanese Amazon Original will premiere in 2023 exclusively for Prime members in over 240 countries and territories around the world. Starring legendary comedian Takeshi Kitano, the original Takeshi Castle was an unscripted adventure variety show that aired on the TBS terrestrial network from 1986 to 1989. As one of Japan’s biggest worldwide hits, Takeshi Castle has traveled to more than 150 countries and regions transcending language and cultural barriers, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain and other Western countries, as well as Asian countries , South Americans and Arabs.
- Modern love in Tokyo (Premiere Date: Fall 2022) – Modern love in Tokyo is the Japanese adaptation of Prime Video’s original romance anthology series modern love. modern love depicts various stories of the universal emotion of love in its many forms, and each episode is based on a beloved New York Times column. With the Japanese adaptation, five top Japanese directors will bring to life a collection of stories about various forms of love set in Tokyo. Modern love in Tokyo stars Asami Mizukawa, Hiromi Nagasaku, Yûsuke Santamaria, Sôsuke Ikematsu and Naomi Scott, with episodes directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (wife of a spy), Naoko Ogigami (Tight knit), Ryuichi Hiroki (ride or die), Nobuhiro Yamashita (Matsugane ransha jiken), and Atsuko Hirayanagi (Oh Lucia!), who also serves as showrunner. Modern love in Tokyo will stream this fall exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world.
- My Girlfriend Yokai Yokai (Date of creation: 2023) – My Lovely Girlfriend Yokai is a half-hour romance adventure series about a lonely college student who wants nothing more than to find a girlfriend, and a yōkai who accidentally bonds with him through a magic spell. As this eccentric love story quickly turns into an epic adventure saga following a mysterious series of murders, we follow our two outcasts who must reconcile their complicated love for each other with the mission of reckless revenge from a yokai. My Lovely Girlfriend Yokai is directed by Takahiro Miki (love me, don’t love me). It is created by Yalun Tu (NCIS: Hawaii, Grace) and Zach Hines (Grace). My Lovely Girlfriend Yokai will premiere in 2023 exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world.
- angel flight (Premiere date: In 2023) – angel flight is a drama about professionals who work as international hearse repatriation experts, a job that involves returning those who have died overseas to their home countries. The main character, Nami Izawa, overcomes a difficult situation with her extraordinary strength of conviction and energy in order to give a final farewell to the bereaved body and family. She is joined by new employee Rinkoko Takagi and other team members, who are embroiled in many ‘life and death’ stories as they deal with the secrets of the deceased’s death and the grief of the people. bereaved. The screenwriters are Ryota Kosawasawa (Aibo, trusted man JP) and Takafumi Kosaka (Doctor X).
- The Masked Singer Season 2 (Premiere Date: Summer 2022) – The Masked Singer, the Japanese edition of the internationally acclaimed hit celebrity pageant series, returns for season two this summer exclusively for Prime members. In The Masked Singer, a cast of celebrities dressed head-to-toe in flamboyant character costumes, sing live for an all-star jury who have the unenviable task of guessing: “Who’s behind the mask.” Along with the studio audience, the panel will attempt to guess the identities of the singers through a series of cryptic clues. Season two will return with just as much excitement, including even bigger performances, more shocking celebrity reveals, and the return of host Yô Ôizumi. The panel of star judges will be announced soon.
- The Bachelorette Japan Season 2 (Premiere Date: Summer in 2022) – Prime Video also announced the return of the dating show The Bachelorette Japan. The Bachelorette Japan is the reversed version of hit how The Bachelor Japan. The first season premiered in 2020 and became one of the most talked about episodes of the series. The first season generated sympathy for the bachelorette, as she seriously dealt with the unique male participants and the tactics, emotional conflicts, and friendships that unfolded on her journey. Season two was announced with a brand new trailer during the Prime Video Presents Japan showcase event. Through spotlighted scenes from the past five years, the show’s “journey to find true love” is brought to emotional life. The new season will launch this summer exclusively on Prime Video.
- Live Boxing: Naoya Inoue vs Nonito Donaire (Premiere Date: June 7, 2022) – Prime Video has announced that it will live stream the WBA, IBF and WBC world bantamweight title fight between WBA super bantamweight world champion and IBF world bantamweight champion Naoya Inoue, and world champion WBC Bantamweight World Nonito Donaire on June 7 from the Saitama Super Arena. Prime members in Japan will have access to Prime Video Presents Live Boxing at no additional cost to their membership. The first episode of Prime Video Presents Live Boxing will take place on April 9 with the WBA and IBF World Middleweight title unification bout between Ryōta Murata of Japan and Gennadiy Golovkin of Kazakhstan.
- Bake in Japan Season 1 (Premiere Date: April 22, 2022) – Prime Video has unveiled the trailer for the first season of Amazon Original Bake Off Japan, which will premiere on Friday, April 22. Bake Off Japan will see 10 amateur bakers compete as they bake sweets and bread in a series of challenges. The skills of the bakers will be judged by Toshihiko Yoroizuka, one of Japan’s top pastry chefs and owner of Toshi Yoroizuka Patisserie, and Yoshimi Ishikawa, an entrepreneur who trained as a baker in France and runs 29 bakery/pastry cafes in France and Japan. The hosts of the series are actress Maki Sakai and actor Asuka Kudo.