Innovative Japanese VFX "Tokusatsu" hero is here! FUJIYAMA ICHIBAN ULTIMATE is amazing CGI, Masked, Transform, Stunts action movie blended Hollywood sensibilities. Please support our campaign and help us launch a brand new action hero.
“Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate” is a Japanese VFX Tokusatsu movie aimed toward teens and adults. Fujiyama Ichiban was released as a web series on YouTube with a Y-7 rating in 2015. Creator Michi Yamato, who has worked on various Tokusatsu series such as Super Sentai and Big Bad Beetleborgs, wanted to create a Tokusatsu action feature film that adults could enjoy. And that brings us to where we our today!
The plot of the film
The Ichiban team is fully formed with Sun as Fujiyama Ichiban, Sakura as Sakura Ichiban, and Eric as Ninja Ichiban. They fight Dark Matter, a group of mysterious villains who want to destroy Earth.
While the team fights these Dark Monsters, they are also looking for a way to rescue Sun’s father, who was kidnapped by Dark Matter. Unbeknownst to Sun, his father is actually working with Dark Matter, creating a powerful new enemy: Dark Ichiban.
Sun’s father is also working on another dangerous weapon: a doomsday device that has the potential to destroy the Earth. Sun, Sakura, and Eric need to stop Dark Ichiban before Armageddon is unleashed.
Why did Sun's father create Dark Ichiban? How will the Ichiban warriors stop Dark Matter? And what is Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate?
Creating an Innovative New Hero Icon - Tokusatsu Hero Combined with Hollywood Style
Michi Yamato has been working as a stunt director in Japan and Hollywood. After working in the industry for so long, he began to think: “Can we create a new type of Tokusatsu hero who also has some Hollywood sensibilities?”
The challenge of Michi’s vision was combining the aesthetic of Tokusatsu, which utilizes miniatures, costume work, and quick action, with the large scale CGI and dramatic storytelling associated with Hollywood motion pictures. Michi managed to accomplish this feat with the creation of Fujiyama Ichiban, a new style of hero.
For the film, “Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate,” an experienced staff has gotten together and will create an innovative Tokusatsu hero feature film that will have action, drama and so much more.
Location is Los Angeles, Hollywood.
While the production design, costumes, and props are from Japan, the actual shooting will take place in Los Angeles because getting the right tone and mood is essential for this film. Hollywood also has a lot of choices in terms of getting the best staff and cast possible. We can also use some legendary locations like Batman's Cave(Bronson caves in Hollywood)!
Creator, Producer and Director, Who is Michi Yamato?
Michi was born in Tokyo, Japan. When he was 6 years old, he fell in love with Kamen Rider and knew this is what he wanted to do in life.
When he was 15, he produced an 8mm Kamen Rider film with his friends and showed it to Mr. Shotaro Ishinomori, the legendary creator cartoonist for Kamen Rider and the Super Sentai series.
Toei production company (Super sentai & Kamen RIder production) was so impressed that they brought Michi onto the Ono Kenyukai Action Studio stunt team in 1981. He appeared on Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, Bioman, and Space Shelif Gavan in Japan. Michi eventually moved to Hollywood and won the audition of Saban's Masked Rider. Then he became a stunt coordinator, suit actor, and second unit director in Hollywood.
He went on to work for Big Bad Beetleborgs and Hollywood movies like The Wolverine. Then he produced “Fujiyama Ichiban” as a web series aimed toward young children.
Now Michi has reinvented Fujiyama Ichiban and is bringing “Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate” to a wider, more mature audience. This will be a fantastic Tokusatsu Hollywood action hero feature film, and we are excited to bring it to you.
Meet our aggressive team!
PRODUCTION: SAMURAI ACTION STUDIO INC.
Michi established Samurai Action Studio, Inc. and produce the Fujiyama Ichiban web series along with live stage events. This time the company will manage the production side, budget, cast, staff, locations, SAG negotiations, promotions, and live events in Los Angeles and Tokyo, Japan.
Kenichi Muraeda/ Cartoonist: Japanese manga artist who worked on mash hit manga series "Kamen Rider sprits". Designer of "Kikaider Reboot".
Kenichi designed the look for Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate.
Kenichi Sensei said."Director Michi san's request is.... Does NOT looks like a Hero and heart beating looking". Then I designed like bad guys looking but good guy. Hard to tell."
Tsuyoshi Nonaka / Toy designer and illustrator: He coordinated Power Ranger series design with a major toy maker, Bandai.
Tsuyoshi designed a main bad guy, Dark Ichiban. Also weapons and transformation gadgets.
Kazunobu Sano / Visual Effects artist: Kazunobu has worked for over 15 years with ILM in Singapore, Polygon Pictures in Japan, and ClickBoom in the U.S. He will be a VFX adviser and creator.
JAPANESE SIDE PRODUCTION:
Yoichi Suzuki / Japanese side producer and production designer.: Yoichi is a major Tokusatsu magazine writer, movie director, and designer. He designed Dark Ship and Fujiyama’s motorcycle.
Samurai Action: Most of the stunt actors who worked on the web series will come back for the film. Stunt men include Shota Tsuji and Takuji Kuramoto who have worked on Kamen Rider and Letters from Iwo Jima, respectively.
COSTUMES AND GADGETS:
Fujiyama costume unit: Michi picked professional costume artists from Japan and made a costume production team. All of them have been producing Tokusatsu costumes and gadgets in Japan.
TIMELINE, BUDGET & USE OF PROCEEDS
- PRE-PRODUCTION: December, 2016
- SHOOTING: March and April, 2017
- POST-PRODUCTION: May, 2017 - October, 2017
- PROJECTED RELEASE:January, 2018
- PROJECT APPLES MOVIE FESTIVAL: 2018
MICHI’S COMMENTS: The pre-production period for FUJIYAMA ICHIBAN ULTIMATE starts soon after the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign; the shooting starts 4 months later, and post-production is projected to be a 4 to 6 month process. Obviously, we will be able to fulfill rewards earlier than March, 2018.
BUDGET & USE OF PROCEEDS:
$137,000 the goal to produce a full-length feature film. We know we can make the film for this much because we have an incredibly talented staff and crew who worked on the web series on a similarly low budget.
- 30% on Pre-Production: Props, costumes, set building, CGI, and other practical effects
- 25% on Shooting: Cast and crew, camera, lighting, sound, and miscellaneous (location fees, food, amenities, etc.)
- 20% on Post-Production: Mostly sound and CGI editing
- 10% on Rewards 10% on Kickstarter fee and processing fees
- 5% on Marketing and Pre-Distribution efforts
MICHI'S COMMENTS: Normally, the shooting budget would be a higher percentage. However, since this is a Tokusatsu action film, it requires more money spent on pre-production to get costumes, gadgets, and CGI materials.
Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate is for ADULT GENERATION. If this is for Y7 rating, it may be not hard to get sponsorship. Because it is easy for merchandising and distribution. But for adult generation Tokusatsu action film, it may be limited for markets to indie film. Also if we may find toy makers and distributors as sponsors, we have to follow their requests for developing merchandising. Then we can’t make creative action movie. We chose unlimited and innovative Tokusatsu Action film creation. So we chose Kickstarer and need your support!
MICHI'S COMMENT: This is a VERY important point. When I was working for Saban and Toei, I had to follow TV network’s executives and toy makers’ requests. This meant no stabbing with swords, no blood, and no punching or kicking except the chest! This often made the final product look like a toy commercial. I understand the business side, but for now, I want to create an innovative new Tokusatsu hero. I want to produce it WITHOUT limited thinking and rules. Please support and help us create new action heroes.
Plenty of Fujiyama Tokusatsu-related rewards are available if you support us!
For only $15, you get a digital download of the film. For $25, you get downloads of the film, script, cool artwork and you get thanked in the film credits. For $40, you get a DVD or Blu Ray. For $75, the crew t-shirt is beautifully designed by Kenichi Muraeda. There’s also a poster designed by Tsuyoshi Nonaka you can get.
You can experience special Tokusatsu shooting tour and action show also get Transformation gadgets and Ultimate figure!
Please support this innovative Tokusatsu Hollywood action film: "Fujiyama Ichiban ULTIMATE.” Let's create a new hero together!
Risks and challenges
Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate is the innovative Tokusatsu Hero feature film by talented and professional team with me, Michi Yamato. To create high quality and brand new action heroes, it will be produced with original idea, wonderful costumes and gadgets, various huge scale VFX and dynamic stunts. It is not easy and dangerous stunt may be needed.
But I and our staff has various experience to overcome unexpected incidents for long professional carrier. If some part got problem in American side, Japanese staff will cover it.To complete this project we have 2 resources from Japan and Hollywood. Even if production schedule is pushed due to keep high quality, we will stay in constant communication with you. We keep you up to date and informed on our progress.
I want to say " I always challenge something new to create new heroes over culture, languages and national boarder. Then I produced Fujiyama webisode in Hollywood for kids because I love heroes and no barrier for Tokusatsu hero. This time I commit to create new hero for adult generation with wonderful staff."
Please support, help us and be one of the newest Tokusatsu Hollywood hero creator!
ARIGATO! Thank you!
By Michi Yamato
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