Netflix leases two sound stages from Japan's iconic Toho Studio

The streaming giant is expanding its production presence in Asia

By Chris Evans 18 Mar 2021

Netflix leases two sound stages from Japan's iconic Toho Studio
Toho Studio's Main Gate. Credit Toho Co. Ltd

Streaming giant Netflix has leased two sound stages from leading Japanese studio Toho, located in Setagaya Ward in the Tokyo suburbs, for a multi-year period.

From April 2021, Netflix will have access to both Stage 7 and Stage 10, as well as several in-studio facilities. The first two Netflix projects to film at the studios will be Yu Yu Hakusho and Sanctuary

“Since opening doors in 1932, we’ve welcomed a wide variety of filmmakers, streaming projects, and commercial creators from around the world. We’re thrilled that Netflix is joining our roster of amazing talent at Toho Studio. We look forward to continue delivering inspiring entertainment to audiences around the world,” Mitsuru Shimada, President and CEO of Toho Studio, said.

Netflix plans to release over 25 original live action and anime titles from Japan this year. The slate includes titles like Ride or DieWe Couldn’t Become Adults and Asakusa Kid, along with season two of The Naked Director season 2, and unscripted Creator’s File: Gold.

This is a further sign of Netflix’s plans to expand its presence in India, having earlier this year signed leases for a total of nine stages across two new production facilities just outside Seoul in South Korea.

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