Posts Tagged with 'Vegalta Sendai'

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Posted: February 21, 2013
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we’re Live on kickstarter!

kickstarterIn a project such as this, funding is sadly one of the most important aspects of getting the film to screen – Especially given the logistics of getting the crew back and forth to Japan. We’ve met these costs ourselves so far but there is a time when you need some help. So, we’re sending word out to all football fans out there… Help us get this great film to screen by becoming part of the ‘Football, Take Me Home’ project. Help make this a real fans film, by fans, for fans.

There’s a long way to go but if we can get word out to as many friends as possible, we can make this the best film that it can be… True Vegalta style.

Follow the link below to go to our Kickstarter page and see how you can get involved – There’s even some nice things in store if you can help. We’re not unappreciative here at FTMH!

Click here to go to our Kickstarter page




Posted: February 7, 2013
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Football, Take Me Home 勇者たちの戦い トレイラー1 (Japanese Version)

ベガルタ仙台のサポーターたちを取り上げたドキュメンタリー映画のショートクリップ第一編。

 

2011年の東日本大震災の後ベガルタ仙台のは仙台の街、そして失くしてしまった人たちのために

復興の象徴となるべく毎試合に挑み、彼らの躍進ぶりは多くの人々に勇気を与えた。

 

そして震災から2年、降格圏を行き来していたチームはスター選手なしでJ1のタイトル争いが出来るまでに

なっていた。地域と一体になって戦ったクラブ、街の復興を願ったサポーターたちの想いが

サッカーを通してひとつになり、そしてそこから生まれた深い絆とは。

 


Posted: February 4, 2013
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Football, Take Me Home – First Teaser

The first teaser trailer for Football, Take Me Home is finally online. Cut from footage from our first trip in November, the teaser sets the tone of our production and acts as a taster of things to come. We’re back out in Sendai in March as well as shooting in the UK and in a couple of other surprise locations. More to be revealed along the way.

Keep following us on twitter and facebook as we’ll be posting some mini-movies over the next couple of months that will give you more of the stories behind the film.


Posted: February 4, 2013
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Minamisanriku

As part of filming for Football,  Take Me Home, we visited the town of Minamisanriku. This quiet coastal town an hour from the centre of Sendai would seem to most of us who live the busy city life as the ideal retreat. Small bars and restaurants, cottages, tidy gardens and fishing boats bobbing up and down in the harbour.

On 11th March 2011, a wall of water three stories high, travelling at the speed of a jet airliner swept through Minamisanriku, taking everything in it’s path. The valley in which the town sat, acting as a funnel for the power of the tsunami sending it further and further inland. By the time the waters receded, only 9,700 of the 19,000 residents were confirmed as alive.

The coastal part of the town is now uninhabitable as the land has dropped by several metres toward the coast, meaning that the sea water level is now above most of the low-lying houses – whose frameworks jut from the soil like ancient ruins or collapsed tombs. Far from destroying the town however, the surviving residents have rallied and formed into collective groups to promote the area.

Farmers markets and a visitor village sell local produce to the many Japanese and foreign visitors that come to Minamisanriku to pay their respects. There is also a program of oral history events, in which survivors share their stories. They proudly wear t-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘Minamisanriku – Never Die’ and you know they mean it.

This area will live on. Not just in memory of those who died, but also for the benefit of the living. Somehow, it felt like that’s exactly the way it should be. We’ll post some of the individual stories we heard later, but visiting Minamisanriku is an experience that will live with us all for the rest of our lives.


Posted: February 4, 2013
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Vegalta Sendai on YouTube

One of the first things that switched us on to the amazing story of Vegalta Sendai was the videos of the fans on YouTube. They were the kind of scenes where, as a football fan, you just wanted to be in the middle of that crowd. The clip of the fans at the Yurtec Stadium singing ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ was the catalyst for the film as well as the fund-raising at Ipswich in the first few days after the earthquake (More of that later), while clips have been posted by fans from Seattle to Melbourne.

 

This clip is of the fans in full flow at an away game, singing one of their many renderings of rock & punk classics. See if you can guess the song.