Netflix Reveals Trailer for Japanese Sumo Series ‘Sanctuary’ – The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix is giving global fans a sneak peak in its upcoming Japanese original series Sanctuary, a YA film set in the reclusive world of Japanese professional sumo wrestling. (See the first trailer and art from the show below.)
Set to premiere on Netflix on May 4, the series follows a young delinquent who becomes a sumo apprentice — and quickly finds himself in a clash with a mute wrestler carrying a secret. .
Netflix describes the show as offering “an insight into the underworld of professional sumo, a world full of young men with ambitions for money, women, fame, and power.”
“This is the story of the sumo ring,” the streamer added, “where some people can find a sanctuary with more than 1,500 years of history in traditional Japanese culture and as a religious ritual. .”
The series is written by Tomoki Kanazawa (who recently penned the TBS medical drama Prepare!) and directed by Kan Eguchi (fables). The show’s large cast includes Wataru Ichinose, Shota Sometani, Shioli Kutsuna, Tomorowo Taguchi, and Kitarou Katsuya, among others.
Netflix will launch a sizable Japanese original series in 2023 as it looks to grow subscribers in what remains the world’s third-largest economy. Regional consulting firm Media Partners Asia estimates that Netflix had about 7.2 million subscribers in Japan at the end of the first quarter of 2023, representing about 15% of the country’s premium subscription video market.
Sanctuary following the recent launch of series like First loveHirokazu Kore-eda’s The Makanai: Cooking in the Maiko and season two of Alice in the Borderland, which quickly became the most watched Japanese show on Netflix. Upcoming Japanese releases include live action versions of classic manga Yu Yu Hakusho And City Hunteras well as upcoming movies like Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead And In Love & Deep Water.