Described as the “Japanese Game of Thrones” Netflix’s latest historical drama-docuseries, Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan is coming to Netflix in February 2021. This exciting docuseries combines drama with documentary to bring the story of feudal Japan alive. You can find everything about Age of Samurai Battle for Japan here, including the trailer and release date on Netflix.
Age of Samurai is a new Netflix Original series-drama called Battle for Japan. Anyone who has seen The Last Csars or Medal of Honor, Roman Empire or Rise of Empires : Ottoman, will be familiar with what you can expect.
The Original will be available on Netflix in a very short time for subscribers. The first season of Age of Samurai Battle for Japan will be available on Netflix starting Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
Each episode will run approximately 45- 50 minutes long.
Yes, but More specifically the series will focus on the story of Date Masamune, one of Japan’s most legendary historical figures. The “One-Eyed Dragon” was one of four other warlords who set their ambitions on uniting the entire country of Japan under one banner. Masamune’s nickname was given after he had infamously ripped his own eye out after it became infected with smallpox. He was an ambitious, young general who fought and plotted his way to the top. His brother died to make sure his succession. At only 17 years of age, Masamune took over the leadership of his father’s clan and within a few short years conquered the neighboring clans to unite most of Northern Japan.
His influence and legend continue to be a part of the world's history. His famous armor, in particular, the design of his helmet was believed to be behind the inspiration of Darth Vader’s iconic design.
The feudal period is certainly the most well known and most romanticized era of Japan’s long history. This period spanned 1185-1868 and saw the rise in popularity of the samurai as well as the shoguns. Although the Japanese Emperor was always the head of the nation, feudal Japan saw the decline in the power of this emperor. This wasn’t helped by a civil war that broke out in the country in 1336 which effectively ended what power the leader had.
To fight in his place, the Emperor sent armies of samurai. They would win. To ensure that he did not lose power to these leaders, he gave them the title Shogun. The smaller territories in Japan were under the control of these Shogun. The Shogun would split the lands of the area, much like feudalism was in Medieval Europe. This would allow the peasants access to their land to grow and provide soldiers for his army.
Many wars would be fought between the Warlords of Japan as they looked to unite the land under their clan’s name.
We’ll see some of Japan’s greatest and most villainous figures from the feudal period on screen:
|Role||Cast Member||Where Have I Seen/Heard Them Before?|
|Narrator||Hiro Kanagawa||Limetown | Altered Carbon | The Man in the High Castle|
|Toyotomi Hideyoshi||Masami Kosaka||Twilight: Breaking Dawn | The Wolverine | War|
|Ieyasu Tokugawa||Hayate Masao||Danger Dolls | Lady Ninja: A Blue Shadow | Karate Kill|
|Nobunaga Oda||Masayoshi Haneda||47 Ronin | Edge of Tomorrow | The Last Samurai|
|Masamune Date||Hideaki Ito||Brave Hearts: Umizaru | Memoirs of a Murderer | Lesson of the Evil|
|Shibata Katsuie||Wilfred Lee||Salvage | Haebangchon: Chapter 1 | Kim’s: Convenience|
|Ishida Mitsunari||Seiji Hino||Clouds Over the Hill | Sapce Battleship Yamato | Sanadamaru|
|Lady Nene||Elina Miyake Jackson||Heroes Reborn | The People Garden | Flickers!|
You can find the full cast list on the Original’s official IMDb page.
Blue Ant Media will co-produce the series with Smithsonian Canada. Age of Samurai is presented in docu-drama, which will remind many of the storytelling style used in The Last of the Czars and Roman Empire.
The historical events of this period are frequently romanticized and portrayed as fiction. It’s the intention of Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Canada that history is told the correct way, this means any fictionalized moments during this era won’t be told, instead, the series will be both “educational and historically accurate.”
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