5 new Japanese movies and series are coming to Netflix in November 2022

There’s something for everyone on Netflix Japan in November. We’ve got a chilling anime that’s way darker than expected, a nostalgic love story for hopelessly romantic millennials, and an uplifting 2021 take on 4°C studio on a mother-daughter duo in a small fishing village.

As for those of you who can’t get enough of reality shows, don’t miss the 2022 revival of “Run for the Money” – a silly and stressful Japanese reality show where contestants must escape a horde of men in black to win prize money. (Note that regional restrictions may apply.)

First love

Synopsis: As teenagers, Yae Noguchi and Harumichi Namiki eagerly talked to each other about their dreams and plans for the future. Fast forward a few years and these bright-eyed, bushy-tailed ’90s kids have grown into full-fledged adults whose lives are a little different than they imagined they would be.

Yae’s plans for a career as a jet set flight attendant are turned upside down after she suffers an accident and Harumichi, who grew up wanting to be a pilot, ends up quitting her job at the Japan Air Self. -Defense Force to follow a different path. As Yae and Harumichi ponder their next step in life, they can’t help but reflect back on their first relationship with each other when they were young, naive, and full of aspirations.

Insight: We’re used to seeing new shows and movies from popular books or manga, but this upcoming Netflix series is unique in that it’s inspired by two songs – “First Love” and “Hatsukoi”. – by Japanese pop icon Hikaru Utada. Like the two hit singles, released in 1999 and 2018 respectively, this love story starring Hikari Mitsushima and Takeru Satoh will be a melancholic and heartbreaking saga spanning three decades, from the late 90s to today. .

Available November 24

Daylight saving time rendering

Synopsis: Upon learning of his adoptive sister Ushio’s tragic drowning, Shinpei Ajiro returns to the island he grew up on for the first time in two years to attend her funeral. Although he was groomed for his return to be mournful, Shinpei feels uneasy that the truth of Ushio’s sudden passing is more sinister than he had been led to believe at first. origin. When he sets out to investigate, Shinpei uncovers a series of dark and dangerous secrets surrounding the island – one where supernatural forces come into play.

Insight: Released earlier this year, “Summer Time Render” is an anime based on a popular manga series by Yasuki Tanaka. Don’t let the sleepy seaside images fool you – it’s a sight full of terrifying twists that will make your heart race out of your chest. The very violent content makes it inappropriate for viewers under the age of 17, but those who enjoy a terrifying thriller will be up all night gorging on these episodes.

Available November 15

run for the money

Synopsis: A group of celebrities must test their level of endurance by outmaneuvering a crowd of men in suits for a cash prize. It’s an intense game of cat and mouse, as tight-fitting tuxedos don’t seem to stop the manhunters from running at superhuman speed.

Insight: While it’s not exactly “Squid Game”, there is something terrifying about the idea of ​​dozens of men chasing you as if you were the government’s most wanted fugitive (see also: Carlos Ghosn documentary). For this revival of a popular Japanese reality show that first aired in 2004, Netflix upped the ante by outfitting bounty hunters with hoverboards and parachutes as they follow Japanese TV personalities through international cities like Amsterdam.

Available November 5

Fortune favors Lady Nikuko

Synopsis: Based on the eponymous 2014 novel written by Kanako Nishi, “Gyokou no Nikuko-chan” (“Nikuko of the Fishing Port”) revolves around a mother-daughter duo with totally different personalities. Kikuko is an elementary school student whose mother – nicknamed “Nikuko-chan” – uproots the couple to a different town whenever a romantic relationship falls apart.

When Nikuko-chan gets a job in a fishing village and the couple settle into their new lives on a small houseboat, Kikuko secretly hopes she can grow up in her new home without looking too much like her mother.

Insight: This animated film is directed by Ayumu Watanabe, with characters designed by Kenichi Konishi, who joined Studio Ghibli as an intern in 1989 and worked on productions such as “Spirited Away” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

Available November 10


Synopsis: After having a baby at 17, Rina leaves her hometown and becomes an aimless wanderer with no particular plans for the future. Two years later, she meets a woman called Ema who runs a business specializing in plastination, which is the chemical preservation of bodies for display, and becomes her apprentice for the next few years. All the while, Ema’s scientist brother, Amane, searches for a way to live forever and despite his sister’s protests, he finally passes a trial on Rina, who becomes the first woman to achieve immortality at age 30.

Insight: Adapted from the award-winning short story of the same name by Ken Liu, this 2021 sci-fi film is directed by Kei Ishikawa and stars Kyoko Yoshine as Rina. An eerie, cerebral drama that explores notions of life and longevity, Arc is an allegorical tale that will leave you with more questions than answers.

Available November 1

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