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About

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▼Introduction

Hello. My name is Haruna Komiya. I make movies in Japan, and now I’m one of the production staff of the movie “Philosopher King.” This film is modeled on the life of Lee Teng-Hui, who was a president of Taiwan. It contains many kinds of videos like drama, animation, computer graphics, and interviews.

We started crowd-funding hoping that people in the world will know and see this film, “Philosopher King.” I hope you’ll support us.

▼At the 39th UN Human Rights Council 

 At the 39th UN Human Rights Council side event in Geneva, a conference on the theme of democratization from dictatorship was held. Hideto Sonoda, Human rights defender and Japanese film director, was invited to this forum. A short version of his directorial "Philosopher King" was watched as one illustration that democratization from totalitarian. Many NGO stakeholders suffering from dictatorship were gathered. Taiwan is a non-UN member nation and not well known by NGO stakeholders. This film told the process of democratization without bloodshed in Taiwan. This opportunity gave the world hope for democratization.

This forum was broadcast by Taiwanese media.

https://www.facebook.com/FormosaMedia/videos/546663062457572/

▼Message from the director

I’m Hideto Sonoda, director of Philosopher King. I think Japan has an unique potential power.

Still having the debt of the WW2 reparation, Japan continued huge backing for developing countries. Every year, always restoring from disasters. Keep developing, technologies and economy. Japanese Yen used by only 120 million people. And Japanese government keep issuing bonds on a large scale. However Japanese Yen gains world confidence.

I think this unique potential power comes from the Japanese spirit. So I searched for the Jedi master who knows what is the Japanese spirit. Then, I encountered Lee Teng-hui, Taiwanese. The Japanese spirit leads me to the foreigner. This is the beginning of the film, Philosopher King.

Lee Teng-hui democratized Taiwan from it’s 38 years dictatorship without any bloodshed. But he reached the democracy with civilized manner.

So we can call him Philosopher King. And he should be known more.

He succeeded as a politician. But his mind is more interesting than his political success.

In Taiwan, he grew up own philosophy affected by the Japanese spirit.

Making this film is approaching the essence of Lee Teng-hui. It is the same as making a new Bushido story.

The World looks like being in the heart of darkness. In fact, The Hope is in human minds at any age. I believe The spirit rooted from Japan and Taiwan contribute to world peace. I sincerely hope so. Thank you!

▼ Lee Teng-Hui

Born in Taiwan in 1923. Former President of Taiwan. Elected in the first direct presidential election in Taiwan in 1996. Served as the president for 12 years and democratized Taiwan. 

▼Drama part

 ▼Animation part

▼Documentary part

▼Oil animation part

▼Summary of the movie

Maria, who lives in Fukushima in Japan, gave up hope losing vitality to live in this world. So she tried to commit suicide by throwing herself into the lake near her house.

At that moment, her consciousness connected with that of Lee Teng-Hui, former president of Taiwan.

And unintentionally, they started having conversations. Lee Teng-Hui started talking about Taiwan under the rule of Japan that Maria didn’t know, and the high-level educational environment in his boyhood. She was confused but listened to his words.

Lee Teng-Hui told Maria frankly about the philosophical problem and faith, while telling her about the last war that he fought as a Japanese soldier and the later White Terror in Taiwan.


▼Introduction of cast and staff

Main character: Momoka as Maria Yamaguchi.

Born in Kanagawa prefecture in August, 2000. Belonging to Adesso Ltd. She is active in Japan as an actress and model. NHK's “rule of R”(2016-2018). “Summer of Lemingless” as Mito Kamibayashi in 2017. Drama special “the best doctor 2017” as Moe Ogio. Recruit's “Supplement for study" image model. Omron Ltd.'s image model.

Director, Screenwriting, Production, editing: Hideto Sonoda

Born in Miyakonojo city, Miyazaki prefecture in May 1970. Grew up in Ina town, Kitaadachi County, Saitama prefecture. Graduated from Waseda University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy. Established Reiciel Studio, Inc. in 2003. Directed for "bloom" (2008/documentary movie), "Senkaku Rock" (2013/documentary movie), "I'm Fine, My Angel" (2016/drama movie), and the like. Produced TV commercials, educational videos, promotion videos, and the like for companies. His grandfather worked at Taiwan Government-general until 1945 and then became a teacher at Kaohsiung commercial high school. His mother was born in Taiwan.

Animation Director: Takaaki Ishiyama

Born in Tokyo in July 1960. Joined Tatsunoko Production Co., Ltd. in 1981. Produced "Gyakuten Ippatsuman" and the like, and left the company to become a freelance producer in 1985. Produced many TV animation programs and movies such as "Maple Story" (2007-2008), "Sakura Wars Okakenran" (1997-1998), and "18if" (2017).

Director of Photography: Tojiro Kurita

Born in Kitakyushu city, Fukuoka prefecture in February 1983. Became a trainee with Sanwa Cine Equipment Rental Co., Ltd. and joined a shooting department to work under Mr. Yasushi Sasakibara, cameraman. Shot "Yamikin Dogs 6, 7" (2017), "Tsukiji Wonderland" (2016), "Looking for Haru" (2016), "Black Film" (2015), and the like.

Production Company: Reiciel Studio, Inc.

Production: Philosopher King Production Committee

▼Background of the planning of the film

Now I will tell you the background of the planning of this movie.

Taiwan completely vanished from the center stage of history after withdrawal from United Nations in 1972. The voices of Taiwanese were ignored by the world even though they became rich economically. In a way that the world considers the People’s Republic of China which economically and militarily insists on taking possession of Taiwan.

However, the appearance of President Tramp changed the situation in the blink of an eye. It was unbelievable for the last 40 years that the president of Taiwan talks peacefully with the U.S. president on the phone. During the age that the opinion of Taiwanese was ignored by the world, Lee Teng-Hui, the father of democratization of Taiwan, democratized one-party dictatorship of Chinese National Party without any blood. He is also a “Philosopher King” who brought up a thought and acted based on it. Now that Taiwan starts coming into spotlight, we can give troubled nations in the world hints by releasing, to the world, a work approaching the spirit of Lee Teng-Hui, which is a symbol of democratization.

We hope not only that you will support us in this project, but also that a lot of people will know the movie "Philosopher King."

Would you give us your hand in showing this movie to many people? 

The Exclusive Director Interview by a Taiwanese Major TV Station

Director Sonoda took an interview with a Taiwanese TV station. It will make you understand the film “Philosopher King” more! Please check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/DoPost.en/videos/303256963758428/

▼Trailers

The latest 3 trailers are English and Japanese. You can enjoy it with your choice.

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▼How to use funding

We use the crowd-funding site overseas because this time, we hope to show “Philosopher King” in the U.S. To realize this hope, we need distributing funds and first of all, we need American people to know about this movie.

We hope that they know about it through this site, and if they have an interest in it, we would like them to support us. We will carefully use these funds as a part of money for distribution and advertising to play it at theaters.

Target Amount: 2 million yen (about $18000) *including return costs and crowd-funding fees

◆Minimum costs for distribution in two cities in the U.S.◆

【Theater】 Los Angeles (Laemmle MUSIC HALL Movie theater)

Nov 9th (Fri) ~15th (Thu), 2018. four times a day - 1 million yen(About $9,000.00)

Website: https://www.laemmle.com/films/44421

【Theater】 New York (The Cinema Village)

Nov 16th (Fri) ~22th (Thu), 2018.four times a day - 1 million yen(About $9,000.00)

Website: https://www.cinemavillage.com/Now-Playing/philosopher-king.html

※In both theaters in N.Y. and L.A., there is a possibility that the number of showings may be changed.

Showings of the movie will cost us various expenses such as travel expenses, stay expenses, advertisement fees, and translation costs. However, we will use funds raised by crowd-funding only to pay for expenses of distribution in the two cities in the U.S.

Please support us! We would really appreciate your assistance.

 ▼Schedule

・September to October 2018

Main editing

Complete animation and CG

Complete the movie

Enter the movie in film festivals overseas

・November 2018

The movie is going to be shown in the U.S.

・December 2018 onward

The movie is going to be shown in Taiwan.

The movie is going to be shown in Japan.

▼About the rewards for those who supported us

¥2,000(About $18) ~ Online watching "Philosopher King" Abbreviated version (Web Link is 2 weeks available) & Thanks Message

¥3,000(About $27)~ Online watching "Philosopher King" (Web Link is 2 weeks available) &Thanks Message

¥5,000(About $45)~ Online watching "Philosopher King" & a Making video(Web Link is 2 weeks available) & Thanks Message

¥10,000(About $90)~ Online watching "Philosopher King" & a Making video includes unpublished scenes(Web Links are 2 weeks available)& a digital Wallpaper of Animation Background Art &​Name(Small) ​as a supporter in the end role of English version film&Thanks Message

¥30,000(About $270)~Online watching "Philosopher King" & a Making video includes unpublished scenes(Web Links are 2 weeks available) &​ 3 digital Wallpapers of Animation Background Art &​ N​ame(Middle) as a supporter in the end role of English version film & Thanks Message

¥50,000(About $450)~ Online watching "Philosopher King" & a Making video includes u ​npublished scenes(Web Links are 2 weeks available) ​& 5 digital Wallpapers of Animation Background Art & an English digital film poster ​& ​Name(Large) as a supporter in the end role of English version film & Thanks Message

¥100,000(About $902) ~ Online watching "Philosopher King" & a Making video includes unpublished scenes(Web Links are 2 weeks available) & 7 digital Wallpapers of Animation Background Art & ​an English digital film poster & Name(Extra Large) as a supporter in the end role of English version film & Thanks Message

¥500,000(About $4510)~ For companies ~ Online watching "Philosopher King" & a Making video includes unpublished scenes(Web Links are 2 weeks available) & 10 digital Wallpapers of Animation Background Art & an English digital film poster & Company Name(or personal name) as "presents by" in the end role of English version film & Thanks Message

※"Philosopher King" Abbreviated version is the version of about 45 minutes screened at the United Nations on September 2018.

※Philosopher King's Animation Background Artist, Mis Shibayama is an exceptional artist. She experienced Japanese national animations, such as ​Anpanman.​Please see her great work!

※Names on end role will be listed in all English films that will screen and distribute on online. The names are allowed nicknames but if i​t against public order and morals or it is not suitable for the film, we may ask ​you​to change it. Also, the size of letters varies depending on the amount of support.

▼For everyone

Thank you so much for reading the whole writing.

What do you think about it?

To be honest, I didn’t know the fact that Taiwan was under Japanese rule before, and there were Japanese who contributed to the progress of Taiwan until I was involved in this film. I'm ashamed of myself as a Japanese. Without this product, I may not have a chance to know this truth. We can live without knowing it and I’m not sure whether we need to know it to live our lives or not, but it’s good to know. Moreover, I gained a lot of knowledge and met wonderful people through this product. I’m so happy that I am involved in this.

I like to watch dramas, anime, and movies in my daily life, but I rarely watch documentary movies.

Or rather, I don’t think it’s Japanese culture to watch documentary movies daily. But this movie is beyond the frame of a documentary. That’s why I want people who have never seen documentary movies to watch this movie not to mention those who have seen documentary movies.

This movie includes many contents like drama, animation, computer graphics, interviews, and oil animation. I would like you to see this content-rich movie up to the ending. And I also would like you Americans to tell me how you feel and what you think after watching this movie. I hope as many people as possible will watch this.

Shall we watch over “Philosopher King”?

We kindly ask for your cooperation and understanding.

From all staff of Philosopher King

©Philosopher King Production Committee

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