Japanese Game of Thrones Anyone? Netflix Says Yes to Age of Samurai

Age of Samurai : Battle for Japan is a new docs-drama that focuses on the warring kingdoms during feudal Japan. It is being described as a real-life Game of Thrones. Netflix is taking on the project with Blue Ant Media who is associated with the Smithsonian Canada.

Cream Productions has been commissioned to assist in the production for Age of Samurai which is a multi-part series. They are the same company behind such works as PBS’ The Dictator’s Playbook and ID series BTK: A Killer Among Us and Fear Thy Neighbor.

According to Deadline:

The show will explore the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan when several powerful warlords fought to become an absolute ruler. It brings to life a cast of characters in an epic struggle through the stylized drama that will pay homage to the noir of graphic novels and Japanese art.

It will tell the story of Date Masamune, a notorious samurai known as the ‘One-Eyed Dragon’ who fought alongside the three founding fathers of Japan – warlords who led fierce armies of samurai against each other to unite the nation 400 years ago. His is thought to have been the inspiration for the design of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet. As a child, he infamously plucked out his own eye when it became infected with smallpox, murdered his younger brother to ensure his line of succession, succeeded his father when he was 17 and soon after conquered neighboring clans to unite most of northern Japan under his control.

The series is exec produced by Simon George, who has exec-ed Nat Geo’s Jason Silva-fronted Origins: The Journey of Humankind, History’s Barbarians Rising and Showtime doc Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston. George will exec produce alongside Cream CEO and co-founder David Brady, President Kate Harrison and senior production executive Matthew Booi.

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The series is currently filming in Japan and will film in the U.S. and Canada later this year. There is no definitive date yet for release.

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