How much do we really know about the porn industry? Unless directly involved with the industry, for most of us it is a nebulous space where we are somewhat aware of what happens, but choose not to dwell on it too much apart from when it comes to the end products.’The Naked Director’, the new Netflix show, tries to change that by shining a light on the Japanese adult film industry.
The show has been created by Masaharu Take and is based on the novel ‘Zenra Kantoku Muranishi Toru Den’ by Nobuhiro Motohashi. The plot of the period drama follows the unusual and dramatic life of Toru Muranishi, who always had big ambitions but also suffered spectacular setbacks when he attempted to turn Japan’s porn industry on its head. Set during the economic boom of Japan in the 80s, the 10 episode series not only seeks to delve into the beginning of Japan’s modern-day porn industry but also the pushback that Muranishi faced at the hands of the governement. Since Japan was one of the first non-English regions that Netflix expanded to, it is refreshing to see a show that explores a part of Japanese culture.
The Naked Director Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘The Naked Director’ is led by Takayuki Yamada who plays the part of Toru Muranishi. Yamada has appeared in everything, from commercial action movies to arthouse dramas, though he might be more familiar to Western audiences for the role he plays in the Wes Anderson movie, ‘Isle of Dogs‘. When asked about the role in the show, Yamada told Variety “For years people have been asking me if I’d like to direct, but my reply was always ‘only if I find the right project. Now I’ve found a nicer answer: ‘Yamada will be a porn director’.” Other cast members include Shinnosuke Mitsushima of ‘The Big White Tower’ fame, and Tetsuji Tamayama, known for ‘The Vulture’.
All the major cast members are expected to return for season 2.
The Naked Director Plot: What is it about?
‘The Naked Director’ is set in 1980s Japan and revolves around Toru Muranishi, who turns every crushing setback into opportunity and revolutionizes the porn industry. The series chronicles his rise to fame, ambitions, and awkward setbacks. All the while, Muranishi’s story plays out against the excess that existed during Japan’s “bubble” era, which was a time for unprecedented splendor and access.
Muranishi is considered to be something of a ‘scapegrace hero’ and is a seven-time convicted criminal who considers himself the king of porn. However, he had to start somewhere and began after he got fired from his regular job and caught his wife with another man. When the door-to-door salesman catches her in a passionate moment with another man, Muranishi is shocked and enraged. He beats up the other person, only to be stopped by his wife yelling at him about how he could not please her. Down on his luck, he decides to turn it all around and becomes a porn director in a restrictive Japanese society. Although he has several brushes with the law in the course of his career as a porn director, he refuses to back down once he gets a taste of success. Muranishi goes about revolutionizing Japan’s porn industry with utmost passion, while breaking several laws and challenging society’s stigmas in the process.
For those unaware, a pink film or a ‘Pinku eiga’ is the Japanese softcore subgenre of porn films. It has played a long and significant part in Japanese cinema as a whole. Having existed for over forty years, the genre has seen many ebbs and flows. Muranishi was one of the directors who existed during the heyday of pink films.
Season 2 will go deeper into how Muranishi revolutionized the Japanese porn industry and helped establish its current state.
The Naked Director Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘The Naked Director’ season 1 premiered on August 8, 2019 on Netflix. All the 10 episodes were made available for viewing at once. There’s an aspect of making porn that’s funny — two or more people having sex in front of dozens of crew members with countless retakes is a recipe of funny moments — and that’s what ‘The Naked Director’ so funnily explores.
The show is sure to gain a fan following over next few months and that’s when Netflix will have to decide whether to commission another season of the show. If you analyze season 1, and the history of porn industry in Japan, you will realize that there’s so much left to be covered. Season 2 can further go into different kind of porn films that have evolved in Japan over the years.
The good news for the fans is that on August 17, 2019, Netflix Japan confirmed the renewal of the show. While no release date was announced, we expect ‘The Naked Director’ season 2 to premiere sometime in August, 2020.
The Naked Director Trailer:
While we wait for season 2, check out the season 1 trailer below. If you are interested to know about Japanese culture and how the porn industry fits within the conservativeness of the same, then you should definitely watch ‘The Naked Director’.
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