Derrrrruq!!! is a New York-based creator team
Diversity behind the camera.
Derrrrruq!!! consists of three Japanese creators; two women, and one openly gay man.
Our team name Derrrrruq!!! comes from the Japanese words for "nail that sticks out". It's our desire to be a "disruptive" force in the industry.
Derrrrruq!!!'s stories center around people who refuse stereotypes imposed on their genders, nationalities, etc.
First project by Derrrrruq!!!
Web-series "2nd Avenue"
In 2011, on a snowy winter day in New York City, the three creators had their first meeting at a Starbucks. Without barely knowing each other, they decided to create a quirky show about Japanese people in New York and make it viewable to anyone in the world. That's how their first show, "2nd Avenue" was born.
The comedy centers around wanna-be actress Mariko and her gay law student roommate Taichi. The three creators raised $12,000 through Kickstarter and its season finale was released in February 2014. Its quirky sense of humor and unique take on Japanese and American cultures received a lot of positive attention from the media such as Asahi Newspaper, Yahoo! News Japan, and Souen Magazine, etc.
Derrrrruq!!! presents a new drama series HodoBuzz
"HodoBuzz Takes on Japanese Press Freedom" - Metropolis
HodoBuzz is a new, bilingual and bicultural episodic drama , set in New York City. It’s a show about digital journalism and sexism in the news industry. We have completed filming all six episodes, and now we've successfully raised funds through Kickstarter to finish editing and release and promote the show. The video below will tell you more about us, our inspiration, and our goals!
Kickstarter page: http://kck.st/2u8rx8o
Directed by Mari Kawade
Screenplay by Tsukasa Kondo
Starring Maho Honda
Produced by Derrrrruq!!! (Mari Kawade, Tsukasa Kondo, and Maho Honda)
Executive Producer: Masu Hiroshi Masuyama
Masu Hiroshi Masuyama's producing credit includes Trip of Love (Off-Broadway), and In This Corner of the World (Winner of the 40th Japan Academy Prize).
Script Development Supervisor: Dai Sato
Dai's scriptwriting credit includes Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bee Bop, and Space Dandy,
Maho’s acting credit includes Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh), The Newsroom (HBO), Unbreakable Kimmy Shmidt (Netflix), and Time’s Journey Through a Room (Off-Broadway, The New York Time’s critic’s pick). Maho is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA).
Yuki Matsuzaki, one of the most successful Japanese actors in Hollywood, plays Asuka’s boss. Yuki has acted in multiple Hollywood blockbusters such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Letters from Iwo Jima.
Gen's acting credit includes Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), musical Rent Japanese official cast, and TV Japan Club (NHK)
Yurie's acting credit includes Gotham (Fox), Bull (CBS), and The O.A. (Netflix)
Tetsuo's acting credit includes Man from Reno and Kanikosen
Hodobuzz is streaming in Japan now. We'll keep you posted on our international distributions here.
DANRO, a Japanese lifestyle website, wrote about HodoBuzz (Japanese):
"Why NY-based Japanese people create a new drama about a "female reporter", who fights sexual harassment and online harassment"(headline translated by Derrrrruq!!!)
Yomitime, a Japanese newspaper in New York, wrote about HodoBuzz (Japanese):
(headline translated by Derrrrruq!!!)
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