PLAN A Co., Ltd.
Over 10 million yen through crowdfunding! The Japanese shark movie “Hot Spring Shark” will be filmed in director Eiji Tsuburaya’s hometown of Sukagawa, Fukushima, with special effects scenes using explosions and miniatures. Filmed with the cooperation of Atami Monster Film Festival, looking for extras!
PLAN A Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture) raised 11,046,100 yen through crowdfunding for the movie “Onsen Shark.” Special effects scenes will be filmed in late September with the cooperation of Fukushima and Sukagawa City.
The Japanese shark movie “Onsen Shark”, which is currently in production and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, received 11,046,100 yen in support from the crowdfunding site Campfire, which ran from June 4th to July 17th. It became a trending topic on the Internet with the topic “It seems like a lie, but it’s true,” and the participation of musicians Koichi Makigami and Susumu Hirasawa was featured in the news.
This work was produced using special effects (miniatures, guignol, explosions). Special effects filming was conducted in late September in Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, the hometown of director Eiji Tsuburaya, known for producing Godzilla and Ultraman, with the cooperation of local residents. Sukagawa has facilities related to special effects, such as the Sukagawa Special Effects Archive Center and the Eiji Tsuburaya Museum, and holds events such as the “Sukagawa Special Effects School” where local children participate, developing regional revitalization projects using special effects. There is. Additional filming for extra scenes will take place on October 8th in Atami, the filming location for this movie.
“Hot Spring Shark” is currently being produced with an eye to expanding it not only in Japan but also around the world, with consideration being given to crowdfunding overseas. Thank you for your continued support.
A 4-panel comic is also being serialized on Movie Official X (Twitter). Crowdfunding for the movie “Hot Spring Shark” (site: CAMPFIRE) reached its goal of 1 million yen in just 5 hours! On July 3rd, the Next Challenge exceeded 489,000 yen, and finally on July 17th, we surpassed the final goal of 1,000,000 yen, and the amount of support reached 11,046,100 yen. , the number of supporters reached 1278.
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The movie “Onsen Shark” is a purely domestic shark movie, and the genre is a special effects action movie. The screenplay and director are Morito Inoue, who won the National Independent Monster
Championship for the second time in a row. It will be produced with the cooperation of Shark Movie Buyer Shark Movie Rookie. The music will be produced by Joe Jinba, and the theme song will be created by Storytellings, which will be delivered with a full-fledged theatrical accompaniment.
[Synopsis] In Atami City, S Prefecture, there has been a series of disappearances in which hot spring guests suddenly disappear. Moreover, the victim’s body was later found in the ocean, attacked by a shark. The police chief embarks on an investigation and discovers that a ferocious shark that has been revived since ancient times is attacking people in hot springs all over the Hot Sea…but the battle is between the city of Hotami and the ferocious shark.
The director is Morito Inoue, who won the National Independent Monster Film Championship for the second time in a row. He has a reputation for his rhythmic, high-tension comedy style, and his movies that utilize special effects and VFX are so popular that he secretly has a fan following. Special effects scenes, a specialty of Japan, will also be introduced. In addition, in the confrontation scene between sharks and humans, we will create a video that will be enjoyed not only by shark movie fans but also by special effects fans, such as macho men and special submarines. In addition to a life-sized hot spring shark tail and dorsal fin, we will also create and photograph a controllable shark-face Guignol, a special submersible to fight against sharks, and more. For those who are shark movie buffs, with the help of a well-known shark movie rookie, the completed work will not only be shown at events and screenings in Japan, but will also be produced with English subtitles, submitted to film festivals in Japan and abroad, and sold in overseas markets. We will distribute software. The special effects scenes will be filmed in September 2023 in Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, the hometown of director Eiji Tsuburaya, the creator of Ultraman and Godzilla, with the cooperation of local residents. The townscape from the movie will be recreated in miniature, and a huge explosion scene using gunpowder will be performed.
Special news: Test footage inspired by the production of the main story (shot in Sukagawa, Fukushima)
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Special appearance Takagi Mio
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In addition, special guest appearances and staff members include Koichi Makigami, a musician living in Atami City, and Susumu Hirasawa, a musician. Since this film was filmed in Atami, he made a guest appearance to enliven the area. Koichi Makigami will be participating as an actor for the first time in 40 years. This will be Susumu Hirasawa’s first time working on a live-action film, and he will be in charge of some of the special sound effects for this film.
Comment: Shark Movie Rookie (Shark Movie Buyer)
“About half of the shark movies ever made have the shark blown up, but I’ve never heard of a live-action shark explosion on a miniature set. I can’t wait to see how the Japanese special effects spirit will be demonstrated under the shark movie mindset.”
As of September 2023, filming for the main drama parts has finished. Filming took place in Atami City, Shizuoka. We are currently preparing to film special effects scenes in Sukagawa, Fukushima. Post-production work is also progressing in parallel. The world’s fastest first screening will be held on November 27, 2023 (World Shark Day) as a return to crowdfunding. The main movie is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2023. We are aiming for a full-scale release in 2024. [Special effects shooting]
We will be filming the special effects part in late September. Produced using miniatures, Guignol, and explosions. For the full-scale special effects scenes, we will be working with the local community in Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, the hometown of director Eiji Tsuburaya, who is known for producing Godzilla and Ultraman. Sukagawa City also has facilities related to special effects, such as the Sukagawa Special Effects Archive Center and the Eiji Tsuburaya Museum, and holds events such as the “Sukagawa Special Effects School” where local children participate, developing regional revitalization projects using special effects. doing.
Cooperation: Sukagawa City, Sukagawa Special Effects Archive Center [Recruiting extra participants]
To further improve the quality, scenes with extras have been added. With the cooperation of the 6th Atami Monster Film Festival, the scene from “People fleeing from the threat of sharks” will be held in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture with the following content. Date and time: Sunday, October 8, 2023 9:00-10:00 Meeting 9:00 Light rain or shine; canceled in bad weather Location: Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Participation fee: Free; participants will receive a souvenir. Clothes: Please prepare your own summer clothes in the image of early summer *We do not accept items with large characters or brand logos. *Please wear comfortable shoes for running. If you are under 18 years old, please participate with your guardian. Please see the application form for details such as meeting location.
Cooperation: Atami Monster Film Festival
This work was a huge success in domestic crowdfunding. Aiming to expand overseas, we plan to use overseas crowdfunding sites to appeal to overseas shark movie fans, special effects movie fans, and Japanese movie fans for support. Scheduled to be implemented from November to December 2023. We plan to use the funds raised to fund the production of the English version and to submit the film to overseas film festivals.
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Hiroyuki Yasuhara, Kito Noji, Tsubasa Okuno, Mika Kawasaki, Sumiya Shiina, Eri Usami, Taichi Fujii, Mai Kozaki, Suzu Hibi, Kazuma Takeda, Kotori Aoi, Manami Hasegawa, Yudai Suenaga, Nina, Mitsutaka Itakura, Mizuko Hagiwara Yu Miyawaki, Akiko Sakaguchi, and Akiko Kobayashi Anbo Takumi
Mio Takaki -Special appearance-
Shoichiro Akahoshi -Friendship appearance-
Hot spring shark:? ? ?
●Staff Screenplay/Director: Morito Inoue Music: Yuzuru Jinba Theme song: Storytellings
Director of photography: Koichi Inoguchi Hair and makeup: Kaho Fujimura Props and costumes: Akemi Tsujitani
Main visual: Ruisho Sugawara Title and advertising design: Ayumi Hayashi Special modeling/Shark modeling: Yusuke Miki Yohei Kurokawa Steel: Yoshiko Takahashi
Special sound effects: Susumu Hirasawa
Planning cooperation: Shark Movie Rookie Line Producer: Naoki Okamoto Cooperation: Papillon Honda
4-panel comic: Jet Inoue
Planning/Producer: Masayuki Nagata
Movie “Hot Spring Shark” official SNS account X (Twitter) official account https://twitter.com/hotspringshark
Director: Morito Inoue
Born in Yokohama in 1993. Graduated from Musashino Art University, Department of Basic Design. Freelance filmmaker. Achieved the first two consecutive victories (2018 and 2019) at the National Independent Monster Film Championship Tokyo General Tournament. As part of the comedy duo “Sontakuzu,” they also perform comedy shows in the contemporary art world, and were selected for the 23rd Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award for their first-ever comedy. His representative works include “The Headless Monster of the Long Night of Might” (2018), “Prefectural Musashino Magic High School Healthy Club Dragon Hunting Story” (2019), “Hot Spring Defense Bus Diver” (2021), and “Fukushima Job Hunting Story Dragon Revival Edition” ( 2022) All are special effects/monster movies. In this work, he is also in charge of design, editing, compositing, and special modeling.
Comment: Director Morito Inoue: “We will create a chemical reaction between Japan’s proud culture, special effects, and shark movies, and create a movement around the world!The special effects scenes will be shot in director Eiji Tsuburaya’s hometown of Sukagawa.”
Music: Joe Jinma
Composer (composition, arrangement, production, orchestration, vocalist) from Kitami City, Hokkaido. In 2022, he formed the music unit “Storytellings” with vocalist “kui.”. He is particularly well-regarded for his wide range of production, which can range from songs to musical accompaniments, from rock music to orchestral music, as well as his grand and dramatic style. Music from “Hot Spring Defense Bus Diver” and “Fukushima Job Hunting Story Dragon Revival Edition.”
Special appearance: Mio Takaki
Born in Fukuoka Prefecture. Hobby: Finding UFOs. Debut work “Morning Moon is Rough” (movie)
Representative works “I Can’t Dance Well” (1982: Single), “Stewardess Story” (1983: TBS TV), “Berlin Affair” (1985: Movie), “Ultraman Tiga” (1996: TBS TV) )
Production: PLAN A Co., Ltd.
A video production production company established in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture in 2019. Representative director Masayuki Nagata. Mainly involved in program production and promotional video production such as commercials.
“Atami Monster” (2020) Director: Mika Akizuki Produces a movie set in Atami “Hot Spring Defense Bus Diver” (2021) Director: Morito Inoue “Karakasa Umbrella” (2021) Director: Kenji Yamamoto Japanese horror film Grand Prize Occult Division Award Winner “Fukushima Job Hunting Story” (2022) Director: Morito Inoue
[4-panel manga currently being serialized]
A 4-panel comic (written by Jet Inoue) with a hot spring shark motif is currently being serialized on Movie Official X (Twitter). It is popular among followers.
X official account https://twitter.com/hotspringshark
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Onsen Shark official goods are now on sale at mail order site BASE We currently carry hot spring towels and posters. We plan to increase the number of related products in the future.
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