'Warigami': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and everything else about CW's Japanese martial arts drama
The short form Samurai drama follows Wendy Ohata, who needs the help of her twin brother who doesn't know that she exists, to defeat enemies to fulfill an ancient prophecy.
'Warigami' is what you get when you mix martial arts with origami, and as unbelievable a sell as it may sound, The CW has bought it from Canada's CBC. The short-form samurai drama starring Emily Piggford of 'The Girlfriend Experience’ fame, consists of ten-minute episodes that narrate a contemporary samurai saga. The series is targetted for young adults between the ages of 13 and 24, and seems to be making quite the buzz among viewers of that demographic.
Having been released on CBC on April 10, 2019, for the Canadian audience, 'Warigami' is currently available for viewing as a two-hour feature film on The CW Seed, after its premiere on The CW at 8.00 pm (EST) on September 16.
'Warigami' follows Wendy Ohata, who needs the help of her twin brother who doesn't know that she exists, to defeat enemies to fulfill an ancient prophecy. She also happens to be the descendant of warriors who protected a poor Japanese village and were blessed with the power of turning paper into the weapon of their choice.T his weapon is in jeopardy as a group of bandits called Akuma are trying to steal it from them.
The official synopsis for the series reads: "Wendy Ohata has just made three startling realizations: One, she has a twin brother; two, she’s a kami-jin, a descendant of ancient Japanese people who can turn paper into deadly weapons; and three, there’s a kami-jin warrior hunting her down for reasons she doesn’t understand."
The novel series stars Emily Piggford as the titular Wendy, who was orphaned at a young age and got adopted into a wealthy family to live a life of loneliness and privilege. Because of her determination to find out the truth about her past, she learns that not only does she have a twin brother, but that the members of her biological family are guardians of an ancient and powerful object, that gives them the ability to create any powerful weapon from paper.
Wendy's twin brother is played by Kai Bradbury, who started his career playing a Kempeitai officer during the American occupation in Amazon’s 'The Man in High Castle'. He also had roles in shows such as Lifetime’s 'Menendez: Blood Brothers' and Amazon’s 'The Boys.' In the series we see his character struggling to take Wendy seriously, and resisting every information that she gives him, but he does come through for her when it counts.
Created by writer Eddie Kim, the conception of the show dates back to 2015. It was directed by Jason Lapeyre, who is best known for his work as a cinematographer. He has also directed the TV movie 'Who Killed JonBenet?' and the documentary 'Faceless.'
Where to watch
The series is currently available for viewing on The CW Seed and CBC.com.
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