On Wednesday, Netflix added yet another title to its ever-growing library of live-action originals in Japan with the announcement of the romantic drama series Beyond Goodbye. Written by renowned screenwriter Yoshikazu Okada (of BL Metamorphosis and The Last 10 Years) the series is an original story featuring unique characters and compelling romance.
‘Beyond Goodbye’: Plot & People Behind The Screen
An original story by renowned Japanese screenwriter Yoshikazu Okada, the project co-stars Kasumi Arimura, known for her role in the Japanese blockbuster We Made a Beautiful Bouquet and the Netflix feature Call Me Chihiro. alongside Kentaro Sakaguchi, who is a regular in TV dramas and recently starred in The Last 10 Years, which was a box-office hit. Beyond Goodbye is helmed by Hiroshi Kurosaki who is known for his work in Gift of Fire and Hiyokko, and is a seasoned series director. Kosuke Yamada (Shin Godzilla) shot it in breathtaking settings across Japan.
The romantic TV series Beyond Goodbye tells the tragic story of Saeko, who suddenly loses her fiance Yusuke to a tragic traffic accident. As she tries to cope with grief, she meets Naruse, a man who reminds her of Yusuke. However, little does she know that Naruse has received Yusuke’s heart, which is still filled with love and memories of their relationship.
What are some other recent films that were added to Netflix’s Japanese slate?
Last One Standing (2023), Light House (2023), Burn the House Down (2023), Sanctuary (2023), Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Makanai: Cooking in the Maiko House (2023), and the second season of Alice in Borderland (2022), which quickly became the most-watched Japanese show ever on Netflix, are all part of the streamers latest efforts to become involved in the worlds third-largest economy. This year’s Netflix releases in Japan also include live-action adaptations of legendary mangas Yu Yu Hakusho and City Hunter, as well as the feature film In Love & Deep Water, written by Yuji Sakamoto.