New Japanese movies and series coming to Netflix in January 2022


2022 already? The start of the year is an exciting time for film and television, with the Golden Globes slated for early January, followed by the Oscars in March. It’s an equally special time for Netflix, as the streaming platform gears up for another big year of buzz-worthy original acquisitions and productions.

You’ve already gotten a glimpse of some of the most exciting projects in store for the coming months, but ahead of the release of “Love is Blind Japan” or Netflix’s collaborations with Hirokazu Kore-eda, we’ve got a lineup of new shows. and films scheduled for January. Here’s what to look out for to start your year off right (note: regional restrictions may apply).

The journalist

Synopsis: Anna Matsuda is a reporter for the Toto Newspaper, an agency renowned for covering controversial topics and hard-hitting news. When Anna learns of a political scandal, she decides to reveal shocking secrets that corrupt officials have kept secret. But with powerful enemies who would do anything to silence her, the journalist’s mission becomes increasingly dangerous as she draws closer to resolving the scandal.

Overview: The six-episode series is directed by Michihito Fuji, who is also the originator of the eponymous 2019 film adaptation. While the film has caused a stir among Japanese audiences for facing recent real political scandals in Japan, the series promises to present an entirely new plot, giving it the potential to outperform its predecessor. With the screenwriting contributions of Yoshitatsu Yamada and Kazuhisa Kotera, both of whom are credited as screenwriters for the hit series “The Naked Director”, there is good reason to be excited about the release of this original Netflix production in the world.

Available January 13.

Cornered Mouse Cheesy Dreams

Synopsis: Kyoichi Otomo is a married employee, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing a series of casual affairs behind his wife’s back. Kyoichi’s wife, Chikako, suspects that her husband is unfaithful to her and hires a man called Wataru Imagase to spy on Kyoichi and confirm his suspicions. Wataru, however, has known Kyoichi from college and even had a crush on him for years. When Wataru first meets Kyochi in several years, he makes an unexpected proposal to protect Kyoichi’s secrets from his wife.

Overview: Directed by Isao Yukisada, “The Cornered Mouse Dreams of Cheese” is a well-executed film adaptation of Setona Mizushiro’s BL (boys’ love) manga series. Starring Tadayoshi Okura as Kyoichi and Ryo Narita as Wataru, the story swings between a deep, painful desire and the immeasurable joy that comes with love.

Available January 11.

Orbital children

Synopsis: The year is 2045 and Japan has built its very first space station designed for children. As space travel has become a common feature of everyday life, disaster strikes when a group of children are left on the station with no way to get home and no adults to help them. With limited resources, the five children begin to think about how to survive.

Overview: Created by master animator Mitsuo Iso whose credits include “Ghost in the Shell” (1995) and “Kill Bill” (2003), “Orbital Children” is a two-part, six-part series that examines our society and how we live a space adventure in a futuristic dystopia. Netflix will release Part 1 of the series globally in January, with Part 2 to follow in February.

Available January 28.

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