Netflix is set to release ‘Game of Thrones’ like docu-drama ‘Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan’

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Netflix is all set to launch a multi-episode docu-drama dealing with the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan titled Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, according to Deadline. The show is being described as a real-life version of Game of Thrones. The show will be co-produced by Blue Ant Media-run Smithsonian Canada and Cream Productions.

The story will be a “stylized drama” telling the story of Date Masamune, a “notorious samurai known as the ‘One-Eyed Dragon” as he had plucked out one of his eyes after it became infected with smallpox. In fact, Darth Vader’s iconic helmet may have been inspired by Masamune’s armour. The show will portray feudal Japan and its several warring kingdoms led by powerful warlords vying for supremacy. Masamune’s influence and contribution to Japan’s unification will be highlighted as he fought alongside the three founding fathers of the country. However, Masamune’s rise to the top was turbulent as he murdered his younger brother to ensure succession and succeeded his father at the tender age of 17. Despite his age, he was soon able to conquer most of the neighbouring clans and united most of northern Japan.

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Though a docu-drama, the show will be a stylized portrayal honouring the tradition of “the noir of graphic novels and Japanese art.” The project will be executive produced by Simon George, who has executive produced shows like Origins: The Journey of Humankind hosted by Jason Silva, History’s Barbarians Rising and Showtime documentary Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston. Other executive producers include Cream CEO and co-founder David Brady, president Kate Harrison and senior production executive Matthew Booi.

Although there is no official date of release yet, it is expected to air sometime later this year. Shooting is currently underway at Japan, the U.S. and Canada.

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