Netflix Announces Samurai Version Of ‘Game Of Thrones’

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Netflix, TV
Published 18.06.19

Netflix is releasing a Game Of Thrones-style docu-drama called Age of Samurai: Battle For Japan which will focus on the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan.

By now the dust has settled on what was a disappointing conclusion to the Game Of Thrones saga, and as I sit here at my desk, all reflective and rather hungry, the good that went down over the course of eight seasons far outweighed the bad.

Yes the final season was rushed, yes many of the characters didn’t get the ending they deserved, and yes they did Jon dirty, but all things considered I’m thankful for everything it did get right in the first seven seasons.

However, chances are there’s a GoT shaped void in your lives which needs filling with conflict, power-hungry warlords and warring kingdoms.

Step forward: Age of Samurai: Battle For Japan.

The new Netflix ‘docu-drama’ is about feudal Japan and is being promoted as “a real-life Game Of Thrones.” Age Of Samurai: Battle For Japan will be about “the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan when several powerful warlords fought to become absolute ruler”.

Deadline also reports that it will ‘bring to life a cast of characters in an epic struggle through stylized drama that will pay homage to the noir of graphic novels and Japanese art.’

The series will have a particular focus on the story of Date Masamune—a “notorious samurai known as the ‘One-Eyed Dragon’” – which is very Thrones-esque – who stabbed out his own eye after it became infected by smallpox when he was a child.

He also apparently murdered his younger brother to ensure his line of succession, succeeded his father when he was 17 and soon after conquered neighboring clans to unite most of northern Japan under his control.

He’s basically a real-life version of Joffrey then – an utter sh*t.

Oh, and he’s also thought to have been the inspiration for the design of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet.

Age Of Samurai is a co-production with Smithsonian Canada, commissioned from Canadian producer Cream Productions and with Simon George, David Brady, Kate Harrison and Matthew Booi as executive producers.

I can’t say I have much knowledge of either feudal Japan or samurais, but I do absolutely love Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai – which James Cameron ripped off with Avatar – so if it’s anything like that I’ll be a happy boy.

Filming in Japan, Canada and the U.S., the show will arrive on Netflix later this year and now I’m off to eat some breakfast.

Speak soon.

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