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Introduction  

ARAGNE: Sign of Vermillion is a full length animated movie created by Japanese animator, Saku Sakamoto , scheduled to be released in Japan in 2018.
Saku Sakamoto  participates in a digital effect of the director Mamoru Oshii product GHOST IN THE SHELL2: Innocence, and also directs a work in Japanese animation studio ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS INC. (famous for the short movie La Maison en Petits Cubes that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and the games series Onimusha for its CG).
His original work is highly praised, for being an animation picture full of the translucency with unique expression technique and rich imagination. His production was presented in  foreign countries film festivals more than 10 times, including Rotterdam international film festival.
Sakamoto, also known as the "transcendent painter", will take on 5 roles in this solo-project: director, author, screenwriter, animator, and music producer.
Sakamoto, a professional animator and director for 10 years, will use the skills he has learned to the fullest to challenge himself on his solo-project of this full-length animated movie. 
Another major project that he has produced by himself is, The Old Man and the Sea directed by Aleksandr Petrov, that won him the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. He has other various short animated film projects  that range less than 30 minutes. However, this project will be his first full-length, high-quality film he has single-handledly created himself. 
Normally, animated movies for the entertainment industry require many staff members in a studio to create a single work. However in the past, Sakamoto has worked on various personal, independent movies, stating that "Movies without the division of labor will result in an intuitive animation that will uncover immeasurable potential." 
Sakamoto will single handedly utilize 3D models for most of the building and background art, and then combine hand drawn images and 3DCG for the characters, to create a complex scene. This world can only be made possible by Saku Sakamoto.
 

Story 

On an old factory site lies a menacingly large apartment building in the outskirts of town.

As of recent, the area is plagued by rumors of paranormal activity following the discovery of a female high school student's corpse.

 

A shy female university student, Rin, moved into the city recently. One night, she witnesses a large bug breaking free from an arm of an elderly woman who was being carried away in an ambulance. 

 

Curious about the bug she saw, Rin looks for answers in the library, and meets folklore scholar, Tokiyo, to find out that there have been many sightings in the past of these strange bugs in this area. 

These bugs are called "spirit bugs", and have had its existence kept a secret since the ancient times. People that have witnessed these "bugs" will result in having ominousomens and dying an unnatural death, thus many call it the "Curse of the Bug". 

Rin terrified of the curse, meets Nasuha, a middle schooler who emits a strange aura, and Saion, a shaman, while being cornered in by these bugs and strange occurrences.

 

However, Rin finds out that in order to solve this she herself must face her past that has been sealed away... 

What kind of fate awaits Rin?! And what is the horrific secret hidden that lies within?!

 

Charactor&Cast

​Rin 
CV. Kana Hanazawa
​Nasuha 
 
CV. Ayana Shiramoto
​Tokiyo 
 
CV. Yosuke Ito
Saion  
 
CV. Fukujuro Katayama
Mikaya 
CV. Shogo Batori
​Kirika 
CV. Yukari Fukui
Dr.Terakubo 
CV. Takaya Hashi
 

Staff   

Saku Sakamoto

(Director/Author/Screenwriter/Animator/Music producer)

 

 

Graduated from Tama Art University's Department of Graphic Design in 2000.

 

His short animated works such as Makafushigi ('00) and Fisherman ('02) were selected for the Hiroshima International Animation Festival and received the first place Kirin Art Award. Since then, he has received numerous awards and his work has been introduced internationally through more than 10 film festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

He began his career as a freelance animation creator in 2002 and has worked with short films, opening titles for TV shows, commercials, promotional videos, visual effects for movies, and as a director and art director. He soon mastered these techniques, thus earning him the nickname "transcendent painter".

Recent works include creating digital effects for GHOST IN THE SHELL2: Innocence directed by Mamoru Oshii and directing the original anime Mattsu, Yamma and Moburi: ―The mystery of the seven gems and the flying castle― and Mattsu, Yamma and Moburi 2: ―Navy's treasure and islands with mystery to be hunted- produced by Japanese animation studio ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS INC. (famous for the short movie La Maison en Petits Cubes that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and the games series Onimusha for its CG)to promote Japan's Ehime prefecture.

Other works include, directing director Takashi Shimizu's, famously known for The Grudge, horror movie Alter Ego's VFX and music, creating the ending movie for the Play Station 3 game Tekken Tag Tournament 2, and creating the opening sequence for the T.V. show THE Sekai Issan. 


 

Fishher Man(2003)
Mattsu, Yamma and Moburi: ―The mystery of the seven gems and the flying castle―
Mattsu, Yamma and Moburi 2: ―Navy's treasure and islands with mystery to be hunted―
Osamu Fukutani

(Producer)

 

 

Producer Osamu Fukutani is one of horror movie experts, including "Last Supper" awarded at Scottland International Horror Film Festival, "Suicide Manual", "The Scally Folkroe" etc. Besides film, he directed the NintendoDS horror game ‘Twilight Syndrome The Forbidden Urban Legends’ , and was also known as the original author, such as "SHIBUYA GHOST STORY", which was also filmized, "Spirit Photograph Club".
 

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