Netflix has unveiled the first trailer for its latest live-action original series from Japan, Burn down the houselaunches globally on July 13.
A domestic revenge thriller, the show stars Mei Nagano (My love story!, Hanbun, Aoi) as Anzu Murata, a young woman whose childhood was torn apart when her family’s home burned down, leading her parents to divorce. Convinced that her ailing mother was wrongly accused of the fire, Anzu goes undercover to work as a housekeeper for the suspicious woman who married her father in the aftermath of the fire – confident she can gather evidence and uncover the truth of what actually happened.
The show is an adaptation of the popular manga Burn down the house (Mitarai-ke Enjō Suru), which ran in Japan from 2017 to 2021. Kodansha USA Publishing began releasing the manga in English in June 2022.
The main cast includes: Asuka Kudo, Taishi Nakagawa, Yuri Tsunematsu, Kie Kitano, Mari Hamada, Sakurako Konishi, Michiko Kichise, Mitsuhiro Oikawa and Kyoka Suzuki.
The series is directed by Yūichirō Hirakawa (cleared, Beginners, The Promised Neverland) and Koji Shintoku (Honey Lemon Soda, Hanii) from screenplays by Arisa Kaneko (Orange, Hell Skelter). It is executive produced by Netflix’s Shinichi Takahashi, with producers listed as Kei Haruna, Masahiro Uchiyama and Miho Kobayashi. Tokyo-based Office Crescendo produced the show in partnership with Netflix.
Netflix has ramped up its live-action schedule in Japan in recent months. Burn down the house follows the recent launch of popular Japanese series such as sanctuary (May 2023), First love (December 2022), Hirokazu Kore-edas The Makanai: Cooking in the Maiko House (January 2022) and the second season of Alice in Borderland (December 2022), the most-watched Japanese series ever on Netflix. Later this year, the streamer will release live-action adaptations of iconic mangas Yu Yu Hakusho And City Hunter.