Tokyo Trial (miniseries)

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Tokyo Trial
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Kanji 東京裁判
Genre Historical drama
Developed by NHK
Written byRob W. King
Max Mannix
Kees van Beijnum
Directed by Pieter Verhoeff
Rob W. King
Narrated by Stacy Keach
Composer Robert Carli
Country of originJapan
United States
Original languagesEnglish [1]
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
Executive producers Don Carmody
David Cormican
Hans de Weers
Takashi Enjo
ProducerShinsuke Naitô
Production locationsJapan
CinematographyRolf Dekens
EditorDaryl K. Davis
Running time45 minutes
Production companies NHK
FATT Productions
Don Carmody Television
Original network NHK
Original release12 December (2016-12-12) 
15 December 2016 (2016-12-15)

Tokyo Trial is a Japanese four-part historical drama miniseries that depicts the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. The series was co-directed by Pieter Verhoeff and Rob W. King, and produced by Japanese public broadcaster NHK in a co-production with FATT Productions of the Netherlands and Don Carmody Television of Canada. [2] [3]


The series stars Marcel Hensema, Jonathan Hyde, Paul Freeman, Stephen McHattie, Julian Wadham, Irrfan Khan, and Michael Ironside. [4] [5]

Tokyo Trial premiered on NHK in Japan on 12 December 2016. [6] Thereafter, it was made available on the NHK On-Demand VoD service and subsequently by Netflix. [7] [2] [8] Overseas, the series premiered in 190 countries on Netflix in December 2016. [9] [10] The Netflix broadcast of the series includes subtitles in 20 languages. [8]


Following the end of the Second World War with the surrender of Japan, an international tribunal of judges from the victorious powers are tasked with determining the fate of Japanese war criminals. [11]



Other cast


The miniseries was proposed by Japanese public broadcaster NHK. The company signed a co-production deal with FATT Productions. At the OMDC’s International Financing Forum at TIFF 2013, NHK and FATT officials discussed co-producing the series with Don Carmody Television. [10] Netflix gained streaming rights for the series by providing financing through Don Carmody Television. [8]


The series was filmed in Japan and Lithuania in 2015. [10]

Awards and nominations

2017 45th International Emmy Awards Best TV Movie/Mini-SeriesNominated [12]

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