Netflix’s ‘Earthquake Bird’ Trailer Finds Alicia Vikander on the Hook for Murder

     October 9, 2019


Unless you’re familiar with Susanna Jones‘ debut novel by the same name, you’d be forgiven for not knowing what to make of the title Earthquake Bird. The award-winning 2001 novel pulls from the author’s own experiences studying Japanese culture and living and working in Japan. Probably not so much the murder mystery aspect though; we’re guessing/hoping that’s the fictional bit. As for the meaning of “earthquake bird”, unfortunately, this first trailer for the Netflix flick doesn’t give us any hints either.

Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander leads this love triangle, completed by Riley Keough and Naoki Kobayashi; Jack Huston, Ken Yamamura, and Kiki Sukezane also star. Wash Westmoreland (Colette) directs from a script he adapted. Ridley Scott is on board as an executive producer, and Atticus and Leopold Ross composed the music. There’s a lot of big names involved with this project, but the first trailer paints it as a pretty by-the-numbers love triangle-meets-murder mystery. There’s a little extra bit of mental fracturing at play here, but will it be enough (along with the bizarre title) to let Earthquake Bird stand out from a crowded pack of streaming titles? Find out when it premieres on November 1st, and be sure to add it to your wish-list now.

Here’s your first look at Netflix’s Earthquake Bird:

Look beyond what you see. Watch #EARTHQUAKEBIRD only on Select Theaters November 1 and on Netflix November 15, 2019.

Here’s the official synopsis:

A psychologically unsettling and atmospheric thriller set in 1989 Tokyo from director Wash Westmoreland (Colette, Still Alice), Earthquake Bird follows Lucy Fly (Alicia Vikander), an enigmatic expat haunted by a painful past, who enters into an intense relationship with Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi), a handsome yet similarly troubled local photographer. Lucy’s imperturbable exterior begins to crack when a naive newcomer, Lily Bridges (Riley Keough), becomes entangled in their lives and ends up missing – suspected dead.


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