The wait is over! Car Danchi on iTunes

After years and years of receiving emails from people around the world, wanting to buy Car Danchi. Some people desperately searching for a web store that would ship them a copy, but to no avail.

Well the wait is finally over! Car Danchi 6 is now on sale through the iTunes store! Yes the dream has come true! Why it took so long, I don’t even know, but I am happy to make the movie available to everyone now regardless of where you live or how you want to pay. You can buy or rent and the price is cheap! So if you have been wanting to get a hold of the Car Danchi movie series, please download your personal copy! Car Danchi 6 D.I.Y. on iTunes!


Now if you are a little more old school, don’t like the whole iTunes thing or maybe you are a true collector of snowboard movies on DVD. Well then I have you covered on that end as well. Go to this website (Slope Fanatic) and you will be able to order from Car Danchi 5 and 6 plus my book Bluetiful! If you order the DVD you will get a nice selection of bonus footage, plus fun menus and of course a nice package that you can hold in your hands. so either way its a win win!


It is National Car Danchi day!

Today is the day!

Car Danchi 6 goes on sale nationwide across Japan!

Call in sick!

Take the day off!

Enjoy the powder!

Get pumped up for winter!

Tell your friends!

Henceforth, this shall be known as National Car Danchi Day!

If you have not ordered yet find shops here!

Car Danchi NO.5 teaser!

The Car Danchi NO.5 Teaser went on line today just before lunch. I put it out to Facebook and Twitter right away and it has been fun watching people get excited to see the teaser drop! Thanks to everyone for all the retweets and likes that have been flying around the web! Appreciate the support, it makes all the long editing hours worth while!

So here is the official blog post for the release of the Car Danchi NO.5 teaser. I have added some other viewing material below the teaser. Clips from some of the artists featured in the movie. Some are different songs from what is being used in the movie, but you can get a taste of the music styles.

So here it is, after a two year break the Car Danchi crew is back!

Riders (Nekosogi Family)
Haruki Takeuchi
Hayato Doi
Hideki Takeda
Hiroshi Fujiwara
Katsushi Matsui
Kazushi Yamauchi
Ken Shibuya
Masanori Takeuchi
Motoki Shimomura
Shinya Nakagawa
Shunsuke Hoshino
Takaharu Nakai
Takaku Tomoki
Takamasa Imai
Yoshinari Uemura
Yuusuke Mino
Yuta Kiyohara
Yuta Kobayashi
Yuu Nishiyama
& Terje

Music by

Hiroshi Fujiwara
Higashida Tomohiro
Kuniyuki Takahashi
DJ Sebastien aka Seboo
Pampas Field Ass Kickers

Keep your engines running, we are keeping the dream alive! The ultimate snowboarding lifestyle powder movie is back, after a two year recharge! In this year 2011 even natural disasters and nuclear meltdowns could not stop this crew of determined dreamers. We drove, found and filmed the best powder spots in Japan, and we want to share it with you. A snowboard movie like no other, showcasing the “Art of the turn” in glorious powder definition, enjoy 50 minutes of winter bliss, and keep on dreaming!

車団地が帰ってきた。しかし今回は何をたくらんでるいるのか?それは根こそぎにちがいない。最高のパウダーを遠慮なくいただく車団地の住民。北国北海道から青森の八甲田や秋田の田沢湖まで滑り残しはない!その夢のようなスノーボードlifestyleを生きるメンバー達。今の厳しい現実を横乗りで脱出できるのか。彼らが求める夢の世界は、もちろん最高のpowder snow、世界平和、再生可能エネルギー、そして燃料リッター¥100以下。その日がくるまでみんなで力を合わして滑り続けましょう!夢は叶うものです!!!

The Car Danchi Crew is back! What have they got planned this time? They are taking no prisoners and leaving tracks everywhere they go. The crew has no mercy for untracked Powder from the North Island of Hokkaido, to Aomori’s Hakkoda and Akita’s Tazawako. Never satisfied until every course is tracked out, these guys are committed to keeping the dream alive. Will they be able to escape from the harsh reality of todays world? Follow the crew as they dream of a better world. One with Powder for everyone, World Peace, Renewable Energy, and Gasoline prices under a ¥100 per liter! Until that day arrives lets all stand sideway together and keep on riding. Dreams do come true.

Now enjoy some music!

Higashida Tomohiro PV

Hiroshi Fujiwara

Not the song I am using in the video, but this is a classic remix check it out.

Here is a track that you will hear in the movie. Sapporo local artist Tokky

I am using a different track but this is a good one too.

Arrival day

Once a year for the last six years there is a certain day when a box of my new DVD release arrives.  Usually a hundred DVDs direct from the factory and usually about four or five days before the on sale date.  Today was that day!  A box of freshly pressed DVDs came to the house today and made my day a good one.

There is always the fear that there might be a mistake with the package printing, or maybe something went wrong and the sell date will have to be pushed back etc.,  Not this year, everything went smoothly and I am stoked on the end result.  I am also very happy that I will now be able to watch my first two films on DVD rather than dragging out the old VHS player.  In fact I did not even have a single copy of “Escape” here at the house.  So it is with great pleasure that I  take the wrapping off and pop one in the DVD player.

The first 1000 copies come with the One Films official sticker.

The front and back

For the first time I use a clear package.  This allows printing on both sides of the jacket.  More fun for the designer, more work too, but I am very happy with the way it turned out.  I actually scanned an old VHS laying around the house.  Masato my designer this time added all the fonts and graphics and came up with the concept of linking the DVD with the graphic in the back ground.  There is a little twist behind the DVD, but I will save that for those who actually buy a copy.

Roots and Tweets goes on sale at your local shop from the 17th, this coming Friday.  If you don’t have a shop close by, check the internet or call the distributor Visualize Image for more info. 03-6273-2686

Roots & Tweets on Youtube now

Well we are less than three weeks away from the release of Roots & Tweets so it is time to share this press release with you all.  I will be announcing a series of events and showings with in the next few days, stay tuned.

On Sale in Japan from Visualize Image 03-6273-2686
¥3990 Including tax

DVD editing wraps!

The master tapes are in the mail!  Finally was able to wrap editing for this years DVD project “Roots & Tweets”  A big thanks goes out to DJ Sebastien for helping me remaster the soundtracks from my original master tapes.  He did a great job as always.  Also thanks to Yoshida Masato for coming up with the cool design for the package.  I will be posting the package image soon here on the blog, we are still cleaning up a few details before finalizing.

Nothing I love more than outputting to tape! Finishing an edit is probably the closest a man can come to the experience of child birth! Time to bring this “baby” out into the world!

DJ Sebastien in the studio. Seb’s combination of music knowledge, software prowess, and understanding of flow is invaluable in creating a good soundtrack.

Made a visit to Masato’s studio/house in Niseko to help out with the direction of the package design. A true modern Japanese “creator” Masato lives in a massive house by himself about 20 minutes drive from Hirafu ski area. The house he is based in used to be a vacation house for famous Japanese actors and musicians. It is massive and located in the middle of a forest. How he survives the winter there is beyond me.

His former roommate left an Arctic cat snowmobile on the front doorstep! Niseko style.

The modern creators coffee table, inspiration, snacks and data storage.

already making plans to use Masato’s house as a shooting location this coming winter. Maybe a scene for Car Danchi 5.

Thanks for all the support guys, more info coming about the DVD release soon here on the blog.