YouTube Teams With Toei to Open Samurai Film Set in Tokyo Skyscraper

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Video creators to be given advice by director Toshio Lee and some will be granted access to Toei's film studio.

YouTube and Japanese film company Toei are collaborating on a samurai film set for amateur video creators in a Tokyo skyscraper, where they can receive professional help and the chance of access to a full "jidaigeki" (period drama) studio in Kyoto.

The project, set to run until the end of May, will allow budding filmmakers to shoot on the set, located on the 29th floor of the Roppongi Hills Complex that hosts the Tokyo International Film Festival and is home to the Japanese headquarters of YouTube and parent company Google.

Video creators will be able to get advice from director Toshio Lee (Detroit Metal City) and up to 10 may be invited to use the facilities at Toei's Kyoto Studio Park, which operates as both a samurai period drama set and a theme park in Japan's ancient former capital.

Toei is the company behind a number of classic Japanese films, including U.S. co-production Tora Tora Tora, though these days makes more money from the Masked Rider (Kamen Rider) franchise for children.