Shin Godzilla Director, Staff Play Themselves in Fussa City Promo Anime Short

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

The city of Fussa, which stands in the western part of the Tokyo Metropolis, is using a new animated video to promote itself as a filming location. The video, which debuted on December 4, features staff of the live-action Shin Godzilla film. The film's co-director Shinji Higuchi, associate director Katsuro Onoue, and special effects makeup artist Tomoo Haraguchi play themselves in the short as they introduce their experiences with the city.

The video's English YouTube listing describes the short:

A young assistant director, Matsuko, who was struggling to find a location for the drama that was being shot the next week. When she consulted with Mr. Higuchi, Director of Shin Godzilla and Director Onoe, Fussa City in Tokyo was proposed to her. When I visited Fussa City the next day, she met Haraguchi-san, who was engaged in creative activities at the American House in the city during her school days. Looking around the city with three directors, the various expressions of the Fussa are emerging ...!

The Fussa City Society of Commerce and Industry produced the “Walking through the town with a film director" video, and it is available in a Japanese version and an English-subtitled version. A tearoom that served as the setting for a restaurant scene in Shin Godzilla appears as one of the locations in the short.

In addition to being a hotspot for on-location shooting, Fussa is famous for its traditional sake breweries. A video highlighting Fussa's local breweries debuted in January.

Higuchi announced at an event on December 3 that he is overseeing the 2018 original television anime Hisone to Masotan for Warner Brothers. The anime will tell "the heartwarming story of dragons tamed by [Japan's] Air Self-Defence Force and their rookie pilots filled with love, laughter, and tears."


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