Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki

'Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki' (Friends: Naki on the Monster Island) will be the first full length 3D GC feature film to come out of Japan. The film is written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, who's had experience using CG effects in live action movies, but worryingly never worked on an animated feature before.

The screen play is based on a traditional Japanese fairy tale called 'Naita Aka-Oni.' The story is centred around a mysterious island in the middle of a lake, the local’s fear the island as it is said to be the home of terrible monsters. In reality the monsters living there are harmless and in fact living in fear of the humans who surround them. One day, a human child named Kotake finds his way onto the island, where he is cared for by a red ogre named Naki and his friend, the blue ogre, Gunjo.

Takashi Yamazaki has high hopes for this film, planning to qualify it for the Academy Awards. It sounds strangely similar to a Pixar feature released back in 2001.

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