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Meet Three Next-Generation Creators From Japan whose Netflix Projects are Bringing Them to the World Stage

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Meet Three Next-Generation Creators From Japan whose Netflix Projects are Bringing Them to the World Stage

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25 September 2022

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Netflix collaborates with creative talents all over the world to showcase their stories. As part of our global fan event, Tudum, Netflix Japan is shining a spotlight on the creators behind three productions that will be released from late 2022 to 2023.

They are: Yuri Kanchiku, director of the series First Love (starring Hikari Mitsushima and Takeru Satoh); Rikiya Imaizumi, director of the film Call Me Chihiro (starring Kasumi Arimura); and Yusuke Ishida, director of the film Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (starring Eiji Akaso).

These three creators are from the same generation, and have worked across various genres, such as music videos and independent films, primarily in Japan. Their upcoming productions mark the first time they are teaming up with Netflix to create entertainment for a global audience. Find out more about their journeys, and their unique creative gifts as described by a few of their previous collaborators and friends.

Yuri Kanchiku, director of First LoveStudying under director Shunji Iwai in a screenwriting course in the Department of Cinema at the Nihon University College of Art, Kanchiku made her screenwriting debut in 2004 with the radio program Lasse Hallstr m ga Umaku Ienai.

In 2009, she directed her first full-length film My Rainy Days, which was also Nozomi Sasaki's first leading role in a film. Since then, she has been active in a wide variety of fields, including films, TV drama series and music videos.

Musician Miu Sakamoto, who has a close friendship with her, explains: Yuri is the person who I like to be with. Being with someone is facing each other. There are different factors that make us feel close to others, but being with someone requires more than affinity. Being vulnerable and getting to know others is an incredible hassle and wonderfully interesting. I can't explain why, but Yuri was someone I wanted to spend the time getting to know right from the start. I had a feeling that she would be more captivating the more I knew her, and she would also be more human. The two first met at a concert in the mountains of Yamanashi. I remember talking to her as we warmed ourselves by a fire on a chilly evening, Sakamoto recalls. She wasn't like other people. At first she seemed as if social situations weren't her forte, yet she opened up so easily. A visit to Kanchiku's cozy home also revealed an eclectic aesthetic - featuring everything from bulky books to plums she had pickled herself - that reflected her creative vibe. She offered me not just ice-cream, but also rum and even asked if I wanted to make it rum raisin. Everything in her house seemed disconnected from one another, but her life was one big tapestry. It must have been in that place where the idea for this series came about. Theres something sweet about imagining her alone there, working intently on the script. About First Love

The series tells a spectacular love story that spans over 20 years, inspired by songs written and composed by J-Pop sensation Hikaru Utada, starring Hikari Mitsushima and Takeru Satoh. This original love story follows a young couple in the late 1990s, who grow up in the 2000s, and discover what made their relationship unforgettable over 20 years later. First Love will be released globally on Netflix on November 24, 2022.



Rikiya Imaizumi, director of Call Me ChihiroBorn in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture in 1981, Imaizumi has worked on many hit titles, including Just Only Love, his, and Little Nights, Little Love. In recent years, he has released new titles including In Those Days and Over the Town. His newest film Madobe nite starring Goro Inagaki will be released on November 4. He also worked on the WOWOW drama Kasumi Arimura's Filming Break with Kasumi Arimura, who is also the star of Call Me Chihiro.

Actor Ryo Narita worked with this director in Just Only Love. Ryo recalls Imaizumi writing the word Enjoy in his script. Here's how he describesImaizumi Since he so gently and effortlessly describes the absurdity, the messy beauty and weakness, and human nature in life, I wonder just how many loves he has experienced and witnessed. I can remember the smell of the set that feels like a battlefield. Its painfully vibrant, and it makes me laugh so hard. I envy myself in the past for being in that situation. I want to be back there. I want to be inside the head of Rikiya Imaizumi. About Call Me Chihiro

Based on the manga Chihiro-san, published in the manga magazine Elegance Eve from 2013 to 2018, starring Kasumi Arimura, Call Me Chihiro tells the story of a former sex worker named Chihiro who works at a small bento shop in a seaside town. There, she interacts with people whose mental scars and struggles leave them unable to live happily, and her words and actions influence each person's way of living. Call Me Chihiro will be released globally on Netflix and in selected theaters in Japan on February 23, 2023.



Yusuke Ishida, director Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead Ishida produced the musical scenes in the film Love Strikes! starring Mirai Moriyama, edited the Attack on Titan live-action film, served as third-unit director on the film Shin Godzilla, and has worked on many other movies and series, including the WOWOW drama Afro Tanaka. Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead is his feature-length directorial debut.

Director Shinji Higuchi has worked with Ishida on several projects, including Attack on Titan and Shin Godzilla. Their first encounter was when Higuchi asked him to edit a promotion video for a pop idol group. When I gave him the materials, he said he was going to t
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