If you take away nothing else from the work of Bleach helmer Shinsuke Sato, take the fact that he nearly never disappoints when it comes to storytelling. His latest work, Alice in Borderland, looks to continue that legacy heading toward its December 10 stream date at 3:00 a.m. EST on Netflix, and we finally have an official trailer to show for it.
Arisu—a listless, jobless and video-game-obsessed young man—suddenly finds himself in a strange, emptied-out version of Tokyo in which he and his friends must compete in dangerous games in order to survive. In this strange world, Arisu meets Usagi, a young woman who’s navigating the games alone. Together, they set out to unravel one mystery after another as they risk their lives and confront what it means to live.
Sato ran point for all eight episodes, based on Haro Aso’s Shogakukan man publication. The film marks a reunion for Sato, and Yamazaki following their prior work on one of last year’s biggest hit movies, Kingdom, which is currently available in the U.S. from Funimation. Alice in Borderland joins Yamazaki with Sato’s Library Wars franchise actress Tao Tsuchiya, and a whole roster of over a dozen talents, with the venerable Yuji Shimomura (Kingdom, Bleach, Inuyashiki, Library Wars) serving as action director.