Netflix has picked up the global rights to China’s upcoming Animal World, and it looks like we’re in for one heck of a trip.
Based on the hit Japanese Manga Ultimate Survivor Kaiji, the film follows a teenager who enters into a game of wits that is overseen by a villain played by Michael Douglas. The property has been adapted into two successful movies in Japan already. The Hollywood Reporter called the film “exciting if disjointed mash of ideas and emotions” that “turns into a risk-it-all gambling fantasy that is surprisingly gripping.”
Animal World is expected to be one of the biggest hits in China this summer, so the deal with Netflix is a bit of a surprise. The agreement gives Netflix the global rights for all territories outside of China.
Directed by Han Yan you can at least say it’s visually interesting and eye-catching.. No word as of yet when we can expect to see it on Netflix, but with it debuting in China on June 29, our money would be on us seeing it before the summer is out.