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In the wake of the 2011 earthquake, the defiant fans of Vegalta Sendai laid down a challenge to their team that would inspire a nation.

Only weeks after the 2011 earthquake and on the eve of a new season, the fanatical supporters of J-League underdogs Vegalta Sendai battled across Japan to make a pledge to their devastated city. Standing defiantly in their thousands, they challenged their team to win and keep winning in the name of their fallen friends.

It was a promise that would take the club on an incredible journey – one that would inspire the nation and capture the imagination of the entire footballing world.

2011年の東日本大震災の後ほどなくして行われたJリーグ再開戦。決して強いチームではなかったベガルタ仙台の熱狂的なサポーターは、深刻な被害を受けてしまった街の復興を願って、力強い決意を掲げ試合に臨んでいた。

失ってしまった人の為、そして街の復興の名の下に、チームが勝ち続ける事を願って。

その決意はクラブを突き動かし、彼らは今までにない成功を納める事になった。それは日本国内だけでなく世界中のフットボールファンをも虜にしたのである

Football, Take Me Home

A feature-length documentary by Douglas Hurcombe and Geoff Trodd of GPO Films, London, Produced by Emmy-Nominated Producer/Director Ben Timlett in association with Grant Cummings of Cling Film, 'Football, Take Me Home' follows the remarkable story of the underdog football club in Sendai, Japan - The epicentre of the 2011 earthquake.

Their transition from relegation favourites to title contenders reads like a comic book story, but this is far from a tale about big money deals and star players. This is a story of a club at the very heart of a community.

制作はロンドン、GPO Filmsのダグラス ハーコム、ジェフ トロッドの両監督、そしてプロデューサーにはエミー賞にノミネートされたベン ティムレットとCling Filmのグランツ クミングスによって行われる。'Football, Take Me Home—勇者たちの戦いー' は、2011年の東日本大震災の被害を深刻に受けた宮城、その中心の街である仙台にあるベガルタ仙台の偉業ともいえる成し遂げを追った長編ドキュメンタリー映画である。

降格圏にいたチームが優勝争いを行うまでになるという話は、まるで漫画を読んでいるかのようであるが、彼らは多額の投資をした訳でもなく、スター選手もなしでやってのけたのだ。そしてチームは地元の人々の心にしっかりと根付いていた。

www.FootballTakeMeHome.com

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キックスターターとは?(How To Use Kickstarter)

キックスターターとは、様々な企画への賛同者が小額から支援でき、またFacebookなどの口コミ機能を通してシェアする事も出来るコミュニティーファンディングサイトです。

現時点では、期限までに目標の金額を達成した場合にのみ支援していただいた金額が投資される事になり、達成しなかった場合はお金が引き落とされる事は一切ありません。このプロジェクトの締め切りは3月23日土曜日、イギリス時間午前10時27分(日本時間午後7時27分)です。もし目標金額に達成した場合は同日に決済が行われる事になります。

サポーターの話をサポーターによって、サポーターの為に作りたいという想いで進めています。フットボールファン仲間、またそうでない方にも、この作品を本当の意味で成功させるために口コミで広めていただけると幸いです。

まずはスクリーン右上の(Back this project)という緑のボタンをクリックし、そこからガイドに従ってください。あなたの支援が投資という形になっていきます。小額でも多額でも、支援していただける範囲の金額で構いません。どんな小さな支援も大歓迎です。

そしてこのプロジェクトの話を周りの人にしていただけると幸いです。

pledgesの詳細とログインの日本語訳は2013年3月10日にアップロードする予定です。

ALL OF THE MONEY RAISED WILL GO DIRECTLY INTO THE PHYSICAL COSTS OF MAKING THIS FILM - SUCH AS TRAVEL AND EQUIPMENT RENTAL. 

支援してもらった金額は、仙台への渡航費、機材のレンタルなど全て映画製作に充てられます。 

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Vegalta Sendai & 'The Fans Promise'

Vegalta Sendai are home to the famed Supporter Squad. From their surreal renditions of Kiss, Ramones and Twisted Sister songs to the blanket of European football inspired banners that hang from every rafter, this pogoing yellow and blue army party their way round the football stadiums of Japan.

At the start of the 2011 season, the focus of the club was very much on league survival in the year ahead. Six days later however, the word survival took on a distinctly different meaning for the people of Sendai, as the largest earthquake in Japanese history sent 10m high surging waves up to 10km inland.

In Minamisanriku alone, just one of it's small coastal towns (The image shown in our title), over half of the 20,000 inhabitants died when the Tsunami hit. More can be read about Minamisanriku on our blog http://www.vegaltamovie.com/minamisanriku/

Just one month later, thousands of Vegalta fans make the difficult trip to a rain-soaked stadium in Kawasaki with no idea, which of their fellow fans was alive or dead. As the players walked out onto the pitch the fans sang their anthem 'Take Me Home' with voices full of emotion and stretched out a huge banner, which defiantly read, “We do not lose again until we regain a hometown”.

It was a challenge that set Vegalta on an unbeaten run that would see the critics pre-season relegation favourites finish in 4th - Their highest ever placing. The remarkable story of Vegalta doesn’t end there however – As a footnote to the remarkable events of 2011. Inspired by ever-growing support, their 2012 campaign would take them to the very brink of glory.

But as much as the rags to riches aspect captivates, it is the bond between fan and club that provides the real story. The fans believe that their love for their city gives them the right to confront as well as inspire their side; that the city deserves the best from both of them. It is an expectation that makes for a bumpy ride at times but one which is helping a city in transition think differently about the future. To be all it can be.

Vegalta are a constant reminder of the importance of community and identity and how linking the two has bought success on and off the field - built by people, for people. In an increasingly franchised world, it’s a symbol of hope for people everywhere.

We retrace the remarkable events of 2011 through the eyes of the Supporter Squad as they prepare for the challenges of their first season in the Asian Champions League. This is their story. Of loss and rebuilding and how their love for a club became interwoven with their own hopes for the future as the people of Sendai struggled together to build a lasting legacy out of the debris of March 11th.

Help us to get back out to Japan to finish the filming and to make this a story about fans, by fans. Spread the word to fellow football fans and join in with our reward scheme to make this film a truly collective success.

この素晴らしい話をサポーターの方の為に、そしてサポーターの力を借りて作り上げる事が本当の意味でのこの映画製作が成功するものだと考えています。どうか一人でも多くの人にこの話を伝える為に、日本にもう一度行って撮影が終えられるよう支援をお願いします。

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A message from the Director. 監督から一言

We first heard of the story of Vegalta when friends from Sendai were due to visit us in London the very week after March 11th.

私たちが最初にベガルタ仙台の話を聞いたのは、震災からほどなくして仙台に住む友人が被害にあったにも関わらず、予定通りロンドンを訪ねて来てくれる来てくれる事になった時でした。

As big football fans, they wanted to see an English game and by chance we ended up at Ipswich in the East of England. I spoke to the club and they told us that they played 'Take Me Home, Country Road' by John Denver at half time in support of the fans at Sendai. Puzzled, I asked why that song? And they pointed me at a YouTube clip of the Vegalta fans before a home game. It made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

友人は大のサッカーファンで、イギリスにいる間も本場の試合を見たいという事でひょんな事からイギリス南東部、サフォークにあるイプスウィッチタウンに試合を見に行く事になりました。何か出来る事はないか、とクラブに連絡して話をしているうちに、彼らはハーフタイムに仙台の人への祈りを捧げながらジョン デンバーの'Take Me Home, Country Road' を流していた、という事を聞き、どういう繋がりがあるのか全く分からなかった私はどうしてこの歌を?と尋ねたのでした。そしてYouTubeでベガルタの試合前の映像を見せてくれたのです。感動で鳥肌が立った瞬間でした。

The more I learned about Vegalta and about the dignified determination of their fans, the more I wanted to make this film. We're half way there, and this is where your help comes in.

それからベガルタやあの力強いサポーターについて調べれば調べるほど、この映画を制作したいと思うようになっていきました。昨年撮影を始めましたが、この映画製作を終える為には皆さんの支援が必要です。

We made a first trip to Japan in November to film the amazing end to last season and met some great people to come back and interview. People with stories that are harrowing yet truly uplifting. The club were wonderfully supportive as were the J-League, but now we need to get back to Japan to finish the filming. There is an urgent time factor involved however. We need to go back to film at the end of March, so we have very little time to raise the money we need for the trip.

私たちは昨年11月のシーズン終了時に日本に行き、沢山の素敵な人たちに会う事が出来ました。皆さんに聞いた話は心砕かれるものでしたが、また生きる力を与えてもらったようでした。Jリーグ、そしてクラブからも出来る限りの協力をしてもらいましたが、映画の撮影を終了する為にはまた日本に行かなければいけません。

Join Us! Help us back out to Japan and become part of this great story.

日本にもう一度行き、この素晴らしい話を完成させる手助けをください。

Spread the word to football fans around the globe and make this exactly what it should be... A film about fans by fans.

沢山のフットボールファンの人にこの話を広めてください。この映画はサポーターによるサポーターの為の映画だと考えています。

        Douglas Hurcombe, Director.   監督 ダグラス ハーコム

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The original YouTube clips of Sendai fans are shown below.

ベガルタ仙台のサポーターのYouTubeクリップはこちら

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Production Stills

Images taken from our November 2012 shoot trip.

Help us tell the amazing story of Vegalta and the people of Sendai. Spread the word!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This tranche of money is to enable us to get back out to Sendai and film at a very important time for the people of the city - The anniversary of the earthquake.

There will still be a need to raise further funds to finish the film, however we have a very experienced team on board and we are very confident in our ability to deliver.

Our Producer, has had seven films to screen including the recent 40th anniversary documentary series on the history of Monty Python 'Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyers Cut', which was shown around the world and on the BBC in the UK. Recently, he finished an animated film based on the biography of Graeme Chapman from Python 'A Liars Biography', which premiered in competition at the Toronto Film Festival and has a worldwide cinema release.

Other productions include a new film 'Believe', a fictional story about the legendary manager Sir Matt Busby, featuring Brian Cox in the starring role as well as documentary films about Sid & Nancy, The Clash and the Sex Pistols.

His co-producer Grant Cummings also has a track record of delivery for TV and in commercial film, with projects for Nokia, Universal, Sony & Sky, while the Directors have seen home projects for brands such as Nike, Audi, Jaguar and Levis.

Should we hit insurmountable obstacles and be unable to produce a final cinema version, then we will produce a 'directors cut' DVD of the story and will will fulfil our Kickstarter rewards as planned (With the exception of the items directly related to the premiere and final production posters, which will be substituted for a same value reward).

There are always risks, but we will keep you informed at every step of the way through this page and through our website, Facebook page and blog. Our confidence in being able to deliver this project completely as detailed remains unshakable and we look forward to telling you the incredible story of Vegalta Sendai and their amazing fans.

支援をした場合のリスクは

プロジェクト進行にはいつもリスクが付き物ですが、このページ、また映画のホームページ、Facebook、ブログで随時進行状況を知らせていきます。また詳細を見てもらっても分かるように私たちはこのプロジェクトを最後まで進め、映画として皆様に見ていただく揺るがない自信があります。そしてこのベガルタ仙台というチームと サポーターの方の素晴らしい話を見ていただける日を心待ちにしています。

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    FAN FRIEND. We'll add your name and personal message to our 'Fan Friends' message book of support - A book which will enable football fans everywhere to show their unity with Vegalta and the people of Sendai. This will be presented to the club at the Japanese premiere, after which you receive a picture of the presentation along with a message of thanks from the Directors.

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    MATCH-DAY REGULAR. As a person of great standing among your fellow fans, you'll be able to impress with all the above plus a thank-you in the 'Match Day Regular's' section of the final credits of the film, PLUS a set of Japanese 'FTMH Superfan' button badges and a download of an exclusive 'FTMH Superfan' version of the theatrical poster to wow all the world with.

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    CLUB INSIDER. Alternate £500 package for those not enamoured of megaphones. All as 'Gold Season Ticket Holder' plus a 30 min skype with the Director or Producer along with the signed poster. (Nov. delivery will be for the poster, Skype can be any time after June).

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    FAN LEADER. All the above, plus show your true leadership qualities in the stands at the next game with a superb 'pimped out' 'FTMH Superfan' Megaphone... As used by the Fan Leaders at Vegalta! All this AND an original theatrical poster, signed by the Directors. Shout your support from the rooftops & cover up a few holes in the wall. Perfect.

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    PLAYERS CAR PARK PASS. As 'Gold Season Ticket' plus a Limited Edition hardback book detailing the making of 'Football, Take Me Home', signed by the Directors with YOUR NAME in the book credits AND a 'Special Thank-You' on the film credits, PLUS a fantastic FTMH 'Crew' coach jacket in very spiffy Vegalta colours AND a Vegalta fan pack all the way from Japan, including Scarf, hat and gloves... Just like the fans are wearing in the trailer!

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    PLAYERS LOUNGE. As 'Players Car Park Pass' plus a 'Co-Executive Producer' credit on the film OPENING titles PLUS a thank-you dinner on us for you and two friends at your favourite Japanese restaurant* (*Maximum spend of $300) AND an authentic Vegalta Sendai Asics match shirt WITH YOUR NAME ON THE BACK!

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    PLAYERS LOUNGE (FLAGWAVER). If Japanese food isn't your thing and having a massive flag is, you might like this alternative reward... A massive authentic Vegalta Sendai flag or banner to wave, just like the ones seen in the film. All the rest is as per 'Players Lounge' (Credits etc.)

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    IN THE DUGOUT NEXT TO THE MANAGER. As 'Players Car Park' plus an 'Executive Producer' credit on the film OPENING titles and your name in the credits on the Theatrical poster. PLUS, you'll get four tickets for the London or Japanese Premiere (Your choice, but sadly travel not included), a thank-you dinner for you and a friend with the Directors (Venue to be arranged) AND an authentic Vegalta Sendai Asics match shirt SIGNED by players and fans seen in the film. Blimey!

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