Sono Sion's TOKYO VAMPIRE HOTEL To Unleash Hell This Summer For Amazon Prime In Japan


Amazon Prime Video subscribers in Japan can set the date for June 16 when intriguing film favorite, Why Don't You Play In Hell? and Tokyo Tribe helmer Sono Sion's latest original serial offering, Tokyo Vampire Hotel is broadcast live with all nine episodes. The official trailer also went live on Sunday which you can view just above and with its virility, the reactions online thusfar seem to be greatly approving.

The series follows Sono's protégé, actress Tomite Ami in the role of Manami, a young woman targeted amid Earth's takeover of the evil Corvin vampire tribe on the eve of her 22nd birthday. Upon her rescue by a mysterious and extraordinary heroine named K (Kaho) and with mankind's destruction looming, the epic story continues with a ragtag grouping of young men and women, some on a dating retreat, now trapped inside the lush Hotel Requiem whose eerie management promise safe haven from outside as long as their newfound prisoners continue to procreate more humans to feed off of.

Per the official announcement: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with visionary director Sion Sono,“ commented James Farrell, Head of Asia Pacific Content, Amazon Prime Video. “Our focus is to work with the content creators to be innovative and deliver a content experience only available on Amazon. Right from the first episode customers will see something they haven't seen before that’s awesome and different. With his unique voice and baroque style, Sono puts his mark on any genre--whether it’s coming-of-age drama Love Exposure, crime story Cold Fish or Kabukicho gangster rumble Shinjuku Swan. We can’t wait to see how our members respond to his first-ever vampire drama series.”

“I had wanted to make an original vampire movie for a long time and now my wish has come true,” commented director Sion Sono. “Amazon offered me the chance to make an original drama, but I approached it as if making a movie. I am proud to say we’ve produced something that has never been done before either as TV drama or feature film. I hope you enjoy it.”

“Sono’s ideas kept changing on set, and every day was a desperate, confusing struggle to keep up,” commented lead actress Kaho. “It was a series of surprises, something I’ve never experienced before. The result is a shocking production, beyond movie or drama, something that has never been seen before. What on earth is going on inside Sono’s head? He completely amazes me!”

“Sion Sono and vampires. Who wouldn’t get excited by that combination,” commented lead actor Shinnosuke Mitsushima. “I hope you enjoy this Sono world, a world way beyond the imagination of any previous vampire movie.”

The series was reportedly film on three soundstages at Japan's Nikkatsu Studios in various locales throughout Transylvania, Romania to capture the full-on look needed for the show. The all-star cast rounds out with actor Mitsushima Shinnosuke and actresses Adachi Yumi and Sono's wife, actress Kagurazaka Megumi.

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