The sophomore season of Netflix’s biographical comedy-drama series, The Naked Director is available for streaming now. Let us see what it has to offer.
What is the story about?
Toru Muranishi (Takayuki Yamada), a rebellious pioneer of Japanese adult-film industry sets out on an audacious mission of setting up a satellite television service through which he aims to provide largely uncensored and unregulated adult content to small screen audiences. This ambitious project lands him neck deep in trouble and he now has to face the fatal consequences for his actions.
The first season of The Naked Director largely banks on the excitement factor surrounding the fast-changing Japanese adult-film industry. The principal character Toru Muranishi, played by Takayuki Yamada, promised to have what it takes to keep the audience hooked all the way through the second season. But that isn’t to be. The second season and final season of the limited series is a tad too artificial. The rise and fall of Muranishi, a pioneer of Japanese adult film industry is presented in a rather unimaginative manner.
While a story revolving around a blooming adult-film industry looks exhilarating on paper, it needs ample doses of drama and anticipatory elements to make for a good watch. But in case of The Naked Director Season 2, the series draws a nil on both counts. The male lead faces one hardship after another but owing to the bland writing, the emotional connect goes for a toss. What follows later is an insipid tale of the ups and downs in the life of Toru Muranishi, and in a way, the Japanese adult-content industry as a whole.
Takayuki Yamada fits the bill as he plays a carefree salesman who later goes on to create ripples in the adult industry with his audacious methodology. Shinnosuke Mitsushima as the male lead’s menacing aide delivers a fine performance. Misato Morita has limited screen time but she delivers an impactful performance.
Music & Other Departments
The Naked Director is not the kind of series that demands the very best of the technical crew. The music and cinematography are just of reasonably good quality and there isn’t much to speak about any other technical finesse.
The final 15 minutes or so of the final episode which present the downfall of Muranishi and his fellow crew, who once shook the adult industry.
Inconspicuous writing and inexistant emotional connect play spoilsport.
Did I enjoy it?
In parts, yes. As a whole, no.
Do I recommend it?