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Netflix leases two Toho Studio soundstages for Japanese storytelling

Netflix is taking its commitment to Japanese storytelling to a new level with the leasing of two of Toho Studio’s international-standard soundstages for several years.

From April 2021, Netflix will have access to both Stage 7 and Stage 10, as well as several in-studio facilities all within Toho Studio in Tokyo.

“Two of our most ambitious upcoming projects, Yu Yu Hakusho and Sanctuary, will be the first to film at Toho Studio this year,” revealed Teiji Ozawa, Netflix Manager, Production Management, Live Action.

Mitsuru Shimada, President and CEO of Toho Studio, said: “Since opening doors in 1932, we’ve welcomed a wide variety of filmmakers, streaming projects, and commercial creators from around the world.

“We’re thrilled that Netflix is joining our roster of amazing talent at Toho Studio. We look forward to continue delivering inspiring entertainment to audiences around the world.”

According to Ozawa, Netflix has plans to release over 25 original live action and anime titles from Japan this year, including live action titles like Ride or Die, We Couldn’t Become Adults and Asakusa Kid.

“As huge fans of Japanese culture and storytelling, we’re thrilled to continue working closely with the local creative community to bring these stories to our members around the world,” he said.

Toho Studio occupies a legendary space in film-making. It was the where Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and the Godzilla film series were filmed.

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