A documentary coproduction between Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, prodco Bang Singapore and Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, featuring Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, will document the recovery of Japan after its devastating tsunami and earthquake of last March.
The currently unnamed doc will reveal how Japan’s advanced bullet train system survived the disaster without a single human injury. The Hollywood actor will also visit traditional Japanese cottage industries to witness their recoveries and explore the debate about urban planning for the future.
According to Discovery Asia-Pacific, the coproduction will have a Japanese director, cameraman and editor together with an international executive production team. It will have a theatrical premiere at the end of January in Davos, Switzerland, at the World Economic Forum, where Watanabe has been asked to give a speech. The doc will then premiere in Japan and international markets in March.
“Together with Ken Watanabe, we’ll do our utmost to communicate Japan’s ongoing recovery to the world,” said NHK’s Yasushi Koyama, lead director of the program.
“When the disaster hit the Tohoku region, I immediately began looking for ways to play a part in helping the survivors,” said Watanabe. “The survivors have since begun the job of rebuilding, and they want the world to see the efforts being made to get their lives back to normal. I’m honored to play a part in helping them by sharing their message to the world through this documentary.”