FILM: Watch the trailer for new Rakuten TV funded film, Hurricane.

Joining Netflix and Amazon in the game of funding major film releases, on-demand service Rakuten have funded their first major release, a World War II ation film called Hurricaine.


Starring Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon and Hacksaw Ridge actor Milo Gibson, the film is due for release next month.

Hurricane (Squadron 303) is the story of a group of brave Poles who fought in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the very idea of their own country, which had existed in its modern form for barely twenty years before it was crushed between the opposing jaws of Germany and Russia. Equipped with the almost-obsolete Hurricane and (with some initial reluctance) given RAF blue uniforms, while they fought, Poland lived.

Hurricane will be released in the cinema and on Rakuten TV on the same day.

Jacinto Roca, CEO of Rakuten TV, commented: “The entertainment industry is going through a deep revolution and we want to lead it. For us, what matters is great content, no matter where or how it is consumed.”