Tokyo Trial (miniseries)

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Tokyo Trial
Tokyo Trial miniseries promotional poster.jpg
Tokyo Trial promotional poster
GenreHistorical drama
Developed byNHK
Written byRob W. King
Max Mannix
Kees van Beijnum
Directed byPieter Verhoeff
Rob W. King
Narrated byStacy Keach
Composer(s)Robert Carli
Country of originJapan
Original language(s)English[1]
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
Executive producer(s)Don Carmody
David Cormican
Hans de Weers
Takashi Enjo
Producer(s)Shinsuke Naitô
Production location(s)Japan
CinematographyRolf Dekens
Editor(s)Daryl K. Davis
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)NHK
FATT Productions
Don Carmody Television
DistributorNHK (Japan only)
Original networkNHK
Original release12 December (2016-12-12) –
15 December 2016 (2016-12-15)
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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]



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] Indian actor Irrfan Khan joined the cast in December 2014.[11] The series marked the web series debut of Irrfan Khan.[12]


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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 45th International Emmy Awards Best TV Movie/Mini-Series N/A Nominated [13]


  1. ^ "NHK Pacts With Canadian, Dutch Producers on World War II Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Schilling, Mark (2016-11-16). "Netflix, Japan's NHK Partner on Historical Drama 'Trial'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  3. ^ Sen, Raja (2017-03-17). "In 'Tokyo Trial', Irrfan Khan watches the watchmen". Mint. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  4. ^ "Watch: The trailer for Tokyo Trial starring Irrfan Khan as a dissenting judge during WW II". Firstpost. 2017-03-18. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  5. ^ "Irrfan Khan ends 2016 with mini-series Tokyo Trials on Netflix". The Indian Express. 2016-12-19. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  6. ^ "NHKスペシャル | ドラマ 東京裁判第1話". NHK (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  7. ^ "Japan's NHK Picks up Netflix Original Drama 'Hibana'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  8. ^ a b c "Netflix to bring NHK drama series to global audience". Nikkei Asian Review. November 17, 2016. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Tokyo Trial – TV Series – Moviefone". AOL Moviefone. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  10. ^ a b c 18, Jordan Pinto November; 2016. "Don Carmody Television's Tokyo Trial set for Netflix premiere". Playback Online. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  11. ^ "Irrfan Khan Boards World War II Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Irrfan to make his debut in web series with 'Tokyo Trial'". mid-day. Retrieved 2017-03-18.
  13. ^ 2017 International Emmy® Awards Nominees

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