Netflix has announced an upcoming Japanese drama series about the last remaining ninja family.
The show, titled “House of Ninjas,” is based on a story written by actor Kento Kaku, director Yoshiaki Murao and writer/actor Takafumi Imai, with a screenplay by Yamaura Masahiro, Oura Kota, Kimura Kanna and filmmaker Dave Boyle.
Set in present-day Japan, the show tells the story of the Tawara family, which had previously abandoned its ninja roots but now must “take on the greatest crisis in Japanese history, one that threatens to shake the nation to its core.”
Boyle, who is known for casting Asian and Asian American actors in his projects (“Big Dreams, Little Tokyo,” “White on Rice,” Surrogate Valentine” and “Man from Reno”), will also direct the series.
Kaku (“The Family, “Tokyo MER”) will star in the show alongside Yosuke Eguchi, Tae Kimura, Kengo Kora, Aju Makita and Nobuko Miyamoto. Kaku will also serve as the show’s co-executive producer.
“House of Ninjas,” which is set for a 2024 release, is just one of a number of projects Netflix has recently greenlit in an attempt to broaden its audience market in Japan.
Netflix also announced that it is producing the Japanese series “The Queen of Villains,” which tells the unknown story of female professional wrestler Dump Matsumoto, played by Yuriyan Retriever (“America’s Got Talent”).