Netflix has been taking huge leaps to increase the amount of Japanese-language content on its service. Now the streaming giant is looking to bridge the gap with its new thriller, The Outsider, starring Jared Leto.
Set in the aftermath of WWII, Leto plays a former POW who escaped with the help of his cellmate, a Japanese mobster – a member of the Yakuza. To repay his debt, Leto’s character goes with the flow and finds himself getting deeper and deeper into the Japanese criminal underworld.
This stands out from the glut of sci-fi, superhero, and quirky teen content that seems to be hitting Netflix lately as something firmly in the crime genre. It’s hard to tell from trailers these days whether a movie is ending up on Netflix because the company dug up something fresh and interesting or because Netflix is the new home of “straight to DVD” style movies, but the presence of Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto (Blade Runner 2049, Suicide Squad) and Japanese star Tadanobu Asano (Thor: Ragnarok) gives me a bit of confidence.
And hey – I’d take this over Leto reprising his role as the Joker a thousand times over.
The Outsider is directed by Martin Zandvliet, and hits Netflix two weeks from now on March 9. Check out the trailer and prepare yourself for what looks like a very violent movie.