'The Naked Director': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything else you need to know about the Japanese original series

'The Naked Director': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything else you need to know about the Japanese original series

When it comes to the porn industry, there are facts that are little known to those who aren't a part of the industry. Now, Netflix is trying to shed some light on the adult film industry focusing on Japan's foray into the field.

Wild and vibrant, Netflix has released the trailer for its Japanese original series titled 'The Naked Director', which is based on the Nobuhiro Motohashi’s book of reportage about Toru Muranishi’s life and career. Muranishi is Japan's controversial adult videos director. He is known in Japan as 'Emperor of Porn' and has been credited as one of the creators of the quasi-documentary style found in Japanese AVs, a genre which has remained popular throughout the history of the adult industry in Japan. In a 1992 article in 'Tokyo Journal', he was called "the dirtiest of the industry’s dirty old men".

Release date

'The Naked Director' will be streaming on Netflix on August 8, 2019, onwards. 


According to the official synopsis, 'The Naked Director profiles the unusual and dramatic life of Toro Murinaishi (Takayuki Yamada), the man who revolutionized the adult video industry in Japan. The 10-episode series will chronicle his rise to fame, filled with big ambitions as well as spectacular setbacks in his unflinching attempt to turn Japan’s porn industry on its head. It will also be a portrait of an ensemble of characters who experience success and failure in Japan’s “bubble” era of the 1980s, a time that gave rise to unprecedented splendor and excess.



Takayuki Yamada as Toru Muranishi

Actor Takayuki Yamada attends the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) Opening Ceremony at Roppongi Hills on October 22, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. (Getty Images)

Japanese actor, singer and producer Yamada is best known for his role as Sakutaro Matsumoto in TV drama 'Socrates in Love' and as Densha Otoko in 2005 film of the same name. He rose to fame internationally with his role of Tamao Serizawa in the 'Crows Zero' film series. The Japanese media is known to dub Yamada a chameleon owing to his wide acting spectrum.

We will update the list as the other names get confirmed. 


Masaharu Take will be directing the series. He is known for '100 Yen Love'. 





Revolving around Muranishi's career, 'The Naked Director' takes us on a ride focussing on Japan's adult industry during the country's economic boom throughout the 1980s. It stars Takayuki Yamada playing the role of a down on the luck Muranishi, the series is based on the notes in Nobuhiro Motohashi's book of reportage surrounding the porn director's life and career. 

Where to watch

The series will be available to stream on Netflix August 8, 2019, onwards.

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