Takayuki Yamada as porn pioneer Toru Muranishi in The Naked Director. Photo: Netflix
Stephen McCarty
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What a view by Stephen McCarty

The Naked Director: Japan’s porn industry gets the Netflix treatment

  • The streaming service tells the unlikely story of a downtrodden encyclopaedia salesman turned adult film director
  • Based on a true story, it could only be made in Japan, with its singular sexual taboos, traditions and perversions

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Takayuki Yamada as porn pioneer Toru Muranishi in The Naked Director. Photo: Netflix
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Iko Uwais as Kai Jin in Wu Assassins. Photo: courtesy of Netflix
Stephen McCarty
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Wu Assassins on Netflix: edgy martial arts show highlights Asian-American talent

  • Set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, the series pulls no punches with explosive action scenes
  • Supernatural elements, triads and a food truck chef make for an opaque, but entertaining, plot

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Iko Uwais as Kai Jin in Wu Assassins. Photo: courtesy of Netflix
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