Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan Documentary Series Overview


The kingdoms of feudal Japan are at war when several powerful warlords fight to become absolute ruler.


Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan, is a docu-drama about the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan that is described as a real-life Game of Thrones. The series is a co-production with Blue Ant Media-run Smithsonian Canada.

The SVOD service has commissioned the multi-part series from Canadian producer Cream Productions, the company behind PBS’ The Dictator’s Playbook and ID series BTK: A Killer Among Us and Fear Thy Neighbor.

The show explores the warring kingdoms of feudal Japan when several powerful warlords fought to become absolute ruler. It brings to life a cast of characters in an epic struggle through stylised drama that will pay homage to the noir of graphic novels and Japanese art.

It tells the story of Date Masamune, a notorious samurai known as the ‘One-Eyed Dragon’ who fought alongside the three founding fathers of Japan – warlords who led fierce armies of samurai against each other to unite the nation 400 years ago. His is thought to have been the inspiration for the design of Darth Vader’s iconic helmet. As a child he infamously plucked out his own eye when it became infected with smallpox, murdered his younger brother to ensure his line of succession, succeeded his father when he was 17 and soon after conquered neighbouring clans to unite most of northern Japan under his control.


Filming was conducted in Japan, the US, and Canada.

Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan Series

Episode titles are not finalised and subject change once aired!

Production & Filming Details

  • Producer(s): Simon George, David Brady, Kate Harrison, and Matthew Booi.
  • Production: Blue Ant Media-run Smithsonian Canada and Cream Productions.
  • Distributor(s): Netflix.
  • Release Date: 01 December 2020.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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