Disney has announced that it is creating a brand new Japanese drama series, “Gannibal”, which will be released first exclusively on Disney+ in Japan, before coming to the rest of the world this winter.
The new Japanese drama “Gannibal” is based on the shocking suspense comic “Gannibal” by Masaaki Ninomiya.
The story is set in the fictional village “Okamura” in the mountains of Japan. Daigo Agawa, a resident police officer who has been assigned to the village, is warmly welcomed by the villagers at first, but with the death of an old woman, he gradually becomes aware of the anomaly of the village and begins to suspect that “The people in this village are eating people.”
Producers on the new series include Teruhisa Yamamoto, who just won the 94th Academy Award International Feature Film Award for “Drive My Car”, along with the “Bet Kegurui” series and “Ushijima the Loan Shark” series. Akihisa Yamamoto and Tatsuya Iwakura are producing the series. Takamasa Oe is writing the screenplay. And it will be directed by Shinzo Katayama, who previously directed “Siblings of the Cape”.
Akihisa Yamamoto, the producer of Walt Disney Japan Co., Ltd, said in a statement (translated),
“This terrifying and new amazing original manga will be visualized by director Shinzo Katayama as an original drama of Disney Plus. I’m simply excited about that. I would like to bring together the wonderful cast staff who should be the next generation of the Japanese video industry to create something that exceeds the expectations of original fans and viewers. ”
The main character, Daigo Agawa, will be played by Yuya Yagira, who won the 57th Cannes International Film Festival Actor Award in “Nobody Knows”. He will play a police officer who challenges the crazy, customary, and exclusive villagers who live in the mountains.
This is one of many Japanese originals currently in production for Disney+, including three live-action dramas and four animated series.