Netflix is set to launch the stylized docu-drama series “Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan” which will deal with the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan.
Smithsonian Canada and Cream Productions will co-produce the multi-part project which will pay homage to the noir of graphic novels and Japanese art. It follows 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.
Masamune plucked out his own eye, murdered his younger brother, and conquered neighboring clans to unite most of northern Japan under his control. He is thought to have been the inspiration for the design of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet.
The series is a co-production with Blue Ant Media-run Smithsonian Canada and will be executive produced by Simon George. Shooting is now underway in Japan, the U.S. and Canada and is expected to air later this year.