Amazon Japan Checks Into Sono Sion’s ‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’

Amazon Japan Checks in to Sono
Courtesy of Amazon Prime Japan, (c) 2017 Nikkatsu

Maverick Japanese director, Sono Sion will make his Amazon Original series debut this summer with “Tokyo Vampire Hotel.” All 9 episodes will be available to binge watch on Amazon Prime Japan from June 16, 2017.

The series is Sono’s first based completely on an original screenplay, and tells the story of humanity battling against a vampire tribe. It stars actress Kaho, taking on her first full-scale action role; Shinnosuke Mitsushima; Ami Tomite, a young actress who is mentored by Sono; Yumi Adachi; and Megumi Kagurazaka, the director’s wife.

Production was in the Nikkatsu studios in Japan, and also various locations in Transylvania, Romania, including Dracula’s Castle and the Salina Turda salt mines.

The show was developed and produced with Nikkatsu Corporation, with the screenplay written by Jun Tsugita, Manabu Ikarimoto. Tomohiro Kubo, Daisuke Matsuo serve as directors and screenwriters of two episodes.

“Our focus is to work with the content creators to be innovative and deliver a content experience only available on Amazon. Right from the first episode customers will see something they haven’t seen before that’s awesome and different. With his unique voice and baroque style, Sono puts his mark on any genre,” said James Farrell, head of Asia Pacific content, Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon has announced several Japanese titles including the “Kamen Rider Amazons” series, “Hapimari” (“Happy Marriage”), “Businessmen vs Aliens,” Fukuyado Honpo (“Kyoto Love Story,” “Harumi’s Kitchen,” a “Crayon Shin-chan” spinoff series, “Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental series,” “Ultraman Orb The Origin Saga,” “Hidehiko Ishizuka’s Sake Tour,” and “ The Bachelor Japan.”

Sono is a prolific and unconventional filmmaker with an unflinching, over-the-top style. He has ranged from coming-of-age drama “Love Exposure,” to crime story “Cold Fish,” gangster actioner “Shinjuku Swan” and street musical “Tokyo Tribe.”

“I had wanted to make an original vampire movie for a long time. I approached it as if making a movie. I am proud to say we’ve produced something that has never been done before either as TV drama or feature film,” said Sono.

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