Saturday, January 02, 2010

A New Year's message from Ichise Taka

Happy new year everybody. In keeping with this blog's usual tone of disappointed idealism, I thought it would be fitting to kick off 2010 with a sombre but defiant greeting from big mouth "Goemon" producer Ichise Taka:
On New Year's Eve three years ago, I wrote that the Japanese film industry was about to become a wasteland, and that has become a reality.

Can you name the director of this year's biggest hit film, "Rookies: Graduation"? Right now, many Japanese films aren't creative works, but mere products. DVDs aren't selling any more, so it has become virtually impossible for projects other than guaranteed successes to be made. 2010 will probably see the Japanese film bubble continue in numerical terms due to a barrage of adaptations of TV series, but even that will only last [for another year].

So, what should we do?

Create good scripts. Find the most suitable actors. Pull together production funds somehow. Make the greatest effort possible with directors and crew who possess the ability and vision to fight for the same goal. And rack our brains to figure out how our films can be seen by as many people as possible. [This year] we'll keep on doing exactly that, as we've always done.

I hope that 2010 will be a happy year for you and me.