Ridley Scott Hopes 'Japan in a Day' Will Help Disaster Areas Recover

Ridley Scott
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Fuji TV will also donate 200 cameras to tsunami-affected areas.

TOKYO – Ridley Scott has revealed more details about his hopes for the Japan in a Day project that he is making through a collaboration between Fuji TV and the Scott Free production company he runs with his brother Tony.

“As a filmmaker I’m obsessed with truth. There has to be truth in storytelling otherwise movies simply don’t work,” said Scott. “What will be wonderful about Japan in a Day will be the window into the life of Japanese people today, having coped with enormous natural tragedy, economic unease and the task of rebuilding their spirit, we will no doubt have some very powerful stories emerging.”

Fuji TV is to distribute 200 cameras to people in the disaster-affected areas of Japan’s northeast coastline, to make a record of their lives on March 11, 2012, the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and beginning of the nuclear crisis at Fukushima.

The videos, including entries recorded in other parts of Japan and from around the globe, will be uploaded to a dedicated website (www.youtube.com/JapanInADay/) in the style of the Life in a Day and Britain in a Day projects. The best videos will be combined with Fuji TV footage and then edited into a film to be released theatrically in Japan this autumn and then internationally.

“For me Japan is a visually stunning place. I hope that we get to see some of the magical environments I myself have visited in the past and also that we get to see the side of Japan not often shown to western audiences – that serene world away from the bright lights and busy streets of the major cities,” continued Scott.

“I hope that Japan in a Day offers people the incentive to put a voice to their thoughts and supports their determination to move on from their experiences in a positive way.”

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