“House of Ninjas”: Japanese series for Netflix

Netflix announces the production of the next Japanese series “House of Ninjas”, which is scheduled for release in 2024.

Ninjas are the legendary Japanese heroes of the shadows, known for their ambush attacks and fierce fighting style. But they remain figures of mythology or, at least, of the past.

Set in modern Japan, “House of Ninjas”, tells the story of the Tawara family, the last ninja clan. She had abandoned her roots after an incident in the past, but now the family must face the greatest crisis in Japanese history, one that threatens to shake the nation to its core.

The series will star Kaku Kento (“The Family” from Disney+, “Tokyo SEA”), who will also serve as co-executive producer. Other cast members include Eguchi Yosuke, Kimura Tae, Kora Kengo, Makita Aju, and Miyamoto Nobuko.

“Dave Boyle will direct this unique series, fusing spy elements of ninjas taking on top secret missions with family drama about a colorful cast of family members,” Netflix said in a statement.

The show is based on a story by Kaku, Murao Yoshiaki, and Imai Takafumi, with a script by Boyle, Yamaura Masahiro, Oura Kota, and Kimura Kanna.

Production is handled by Toho Studio for Netflix. The streamer’s Sato Yoshihiro is named executive producer, while Kanbe Akira serves as producer.

Netflix was launched in Japan in 2015 and grew slowly, allowing Amazon’s Prime Video to become the market leader. The territory now represents the largest Netflix consumer base in Asia and over the past two years, has committed an increasing amount of investment in Japanese content.

Netflix has announced other initiatives that delve deeper into its roots in Japan. In March, he announced that he had signed a long-term lease on a studio in Tokyo to be used for local productions. Last September, it set up a creators’ fair, embellished with artists in residence, intended to further anchor it in animation. And in October 2021, it unveiled content pacts with Tokyo Broadcasting System and Nippon TV, owner of Hulu Japan.

Marie A. Evans