Setouchi International Children’s Film Festival 2011 - Angel Road Screenplay Contest Grand Prize
2014 Setonaikai National Park 80th Anniversary Memorial Film
(original Japanese title: Setouchi Kaizoku Monogatari )
Directed by Kenichi OMORI
Experience a heart-warming marine adventure out of the pages of Japanese history!
The beautiful Seto Inland Sea is home to the legendary treasure of the samurai pirates, undiscovered for four hundred years. When a modern dispute threatens her community, Kaede, an enterprising twelve-year-old, leads three classmates on a perilous voyage to a secret island, to expose the legacy of Takeyoshi Murakami, her ancestor and the hero of the samurai pirates.
But is the legend real? And what awaits the spirited adventurers as they step into the past? Based upon historical events, this heart-warming tale bridges genres in a celebration of camaraderie and challenge, a thrilling experience that makes for worthy family viewing.
In a twelve-year-old girl’s blood runs the spirit of her samurai ancestry!
Kaede is a sprightly girl whose town on an island in the Seto Inland Sea stands disheartened by the abolition of a ferry route central to its survival. If discontinued her family will lose their soy sauce factory and, with it, their home. The crisis appears beyond solution, but Kaede’s spirit knows no surrender. When her dreams tell of the treasure that her ancestor, Takeyoshi Murakami, is believed to have stashed away, she recruits three friends and resolves to uncover the four-hundred-year-old mystery. Yet their only clue is a map seemingly undecipherable, and currents unpredictable and strong stand in their way.
In this story, a brave young girl battles the odds, and wins!
Director/Script： Kenichi OMORI
Born in Ehime in 1975. Kenichi graduated from Osaka University of Arts and directed a number of video productions such as commercials and short films and won several awards in and outside Japan. In 2011 he started his own production company Usagimaru.
Filmography: “Light Novel no Tanoshii Kakikata” (2010) Director (=How to enjoy writing light novels)
“Kyofu Shimbun” (2011) Script/Director (=Horror newspaper)
Producer :Yumiko MASUDA
Born in Takayama city in Gifu, Yumiko started as a writer for Home Economics Wise magazine. In 1991 she established a production company, Heisei Project Inc. and produced several films and TV programs and won a number of prizes. She carried out Setouchi International Children’s Film Festival 2011 as a General Producer. She is the author of two books that tell her story of film making as a housewife.
Japan-Iran coproduction “Wind Carpet” (2003) Producer / Documentary film “Heisei Masters” (2005) “The Resurrection of Tamamushi Shrine” (2008) Producer / “Raise the Castle!” (2009) Producer / Japan-Korea coproduction documentary film “Light over the Straits” (2009) “Lee Ye” (2013) Producer
Written by：Kenichi OMORI / Hiroyasu YUHARA / Kaori FUJII
Production Manager：Masumi HIROSE
Director of Photography：Hiroaki NIIZUMA
Production Sound Mixer：Hitoshi YAMADA
Production Designer：Yukiharu SESHIMO
VFX producer：Tsuyoshi KAZUNO
VFX supervisor：Yuetsu MURAKAMI
Music Director：Takaaki NAKAHASHI ／ Jin ARAKAWA
Costume Designer：Chiyoe HAKAMADA
Hair&Make-up Designer：Akane WATANABE
"Tanka," which means “short song,”is a Japanese five-line poem. It hasbeen an important literary form in Japanese culture for nearly athousand years. A Tanka poem has the basic structure of 5-7-5-7-7syllable count in its five-line form.
"Kamon" is a Japanese emblem used to decorate and identify a family.The emblem of Murakami family can be still found in the old houses.The emblem in the photo is on the roof tile of an acutual Murakamifamily's house today in Ehime, Japan. Some scenes of the movie werefilmed in this house.
"Ema" (wishing tablet) is a small wooden plate to write wishes on.They are then left hanging up at Shinto shrines or in places where thespirits or gods are believed to receive them. Most people wish forgood health, success in business, passing entrance exams, love orwealth.
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2014 ／ Japan／ coloｒ ／ 19 ： 6 ／ 5.1ch ／ 116min
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