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Netflix announces upcoming Japanese films “Drawing Closer” and “City Hunter” among the 2024 slate

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Netflix has revealed that its Japanese slate for the year ahead includes three films and a seven new and returning series.

The features include Drawing Closer by Takahiro Miki, a director well-known for romantic dramas such as Love Me, Love Me Not and Your Eyes Tell. The story follows a young boy with a terminal disease who falls in love with a woman living on borrowed time. It is produced by Nikkatsu and Django Film and will be released in 2024, but no exact date has been set. Produced by Nikkatsu and Django Film, it will be released in 2024 but no exact date has been set.

The streamer also highlighted two previously announced features, The Parades and

City Hunter.The Parades will be released on February 29 and centres on the ghost of a recently deceased woman, who meets with an eclectic group of fellow spirits, who participate in a monthly gathering where they attempt to reconnect with the living.It is directed by Michihito Fujii, known for 2019 box office hit

The Journalist, which won best film at Japan’s Academy Awards the following year and was spun-off into a Netflix series of the same name, also directed by Fujii.

City Hunter is set for release on April 25 and is an anticipated live-action adaptation of an iconic manga that sold more than 50 million copies. Directed by Yuichi Sato and scripted by Tatsuro Mishima, it stars Ryohei Suzuki as a gun-for-hire in Tokyo, who navigates the gritty underbelly of the city.Speaking to

Screen last year about taking on the role of Ryo Saeba, Suzuki said: “It’s going to be closer to the original manga than the animation. We’re trying something more authentic. The atmosphere will be a little darker… But it’s going to be very enjoyable.”

Netflix launched in Japan nearly nine years ago and has collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers including Hirokazu Kore-eda on The Makanai: Cooking For The Maiko House and Yuji Sakamoto on

In Love And Deep Water. Last year, Japanese-language content became the third most-viewed non-English content on the streaming platform, behind Korean and Spanish.Upcoming series heading to Netflix this year include House Of Ninjas, starring Kento Kaku, which explores what would happen if ninjas were still a part of Japanese society today; crime drama

Tokyo Swindlers, based on Ko Shinjo’s novel about a high-stakes game of real estate deception; and The Queen Of Villains, depicting the untold story of Dump Matsumoto, the charismatic figure behind a boom in women’s professional wrestling during the 1980s.Netflix has been showcasing its upcoming slate over the past week, which has included upcoming slates from the US, South Korea and Southeast Asia.WME Independent boards Thai drama ‘How To Make Millions Before Grandma Dies’ (exclusive)

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