This is my Winter movie tour in Japan

The much talked about and much viewed movie from Xavier de Le Rue is coming to Japan and a NORTH FACE store near you!

I am going to be hosting 5 showings of this amazing snowboard/mountain documentary this season. All are free entrance events, so please check the schedule below and see if you will be able to join us!

2011/12/17 (SAT)

phase 1: FUKUOKA


810-0001 福岡県福岡市中央区天神2-4-25嘉穂無線Bビル

Info 092-739-1101

Open 20:00 Start : 20:45 Close : 23:00

Entrance : Free Beer : Free

Special Musical Host : Neil Hartmann & Daisuke Oguchi

2011/12/22 (THU)

phase 2: SAPPORO



Info: 011-207-4131

Open 20:00 Start : 20:30 Close : 21:45

entrance: Free Beer: Free

Special Musical Host : Neil Hartmann & Daisuke Oguchi

2012/1/11 (WED)

phase 3 : TOKYO


150-0001 東京都渋谷区神宮前6-10-11

Info 03-5466-9278

Open : 20:30 Start : 21:00 Close : 23:00

Entrance: Free Beer: Free

Special Musical Host : Neil Hartmann & Daisuke Oguchi

2012/1/21 (SAT)

phase 4: APPI


028-7395 岩手県八幡平市安比高原

Info 03-5468-8106 (THE NORTH FACE PRESSROOM)


phase 5:  NISEKO


048-1511 北海道虻田郡ニセコ町字ニセコ480-1

Info 03-5468-8106 (THE NORTH FACE PRESS ROOM)

Entrance: Free

Open : 19:00 Start : 19:30 Close 21:30

Special Musical Host : Neil Hartmann & Daisuke Oguchi


Sweet Grass new movie!

The new Sweet Grass movie premiered in Tokyo today, I couldn’t make it there but I just checked out the teaser on If you like beautiful cinematography, epic slow motion shots and cool acoustic music you have got to check out Sweet Grass and their new movie “Solitaire” Looks wicked! The makers of “Signatures” by the way.

SOLITAIRE: A Backcountry Skiing, Snowboarding, and Telemark Film from Sweetgrass Productions

In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, Solitaire is backcountry skiing forged in the tradition of Western cinema. Born in the spires of Argentina’s legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world, wandering the length of a continent from Peru’s Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia.
Lost in the winds of snowbound badlands and the blizzards of primordial forests; seen from a horse’s saddle and a paraglider’s wings; ridden on ski and board and Telemark…
Solitaire fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.

Shot on location in: Las Lenas, Argentina; Portillo, Chile;
Nevados de Chillan, Chile; Patagonia, Chile; Bariloche, Argentina; Caviahue, Argentina; Huaraz, Peru; Iquitos, Peru; Uyuni, Bolivia; and Sajama, Bolivia.

Internet film making

Two very interesting movie projects that I never even knew about until today.  All footage source through YouTube and Vimeo etc.,  both had people filming around the globe on a single day.  The first one already released in theaters, produced by Ridley Scott, the second one still in the editing stage, but I like the teaser for that one better.  Look forward to more of these types of projects.  Good stuff.

ONE DAY ON EARTH creates a picture of humanity by recording a 24-hour period throughout every country in the world. We explore a greater diversity of perspectives than ever seen before on-screen. We follow characters and events that evolve throughout the day, interspersed with expansive global montages that explore the progression of life from birth, to death, to birth again. In the end, despite unprecedented challenges and tragedies throughout the world, we are reminded that every day we are alive there is hope and a choice to see a better future together.


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.

Burton movie preview drops!

The new Burton movie “Stand Sideways” teaser has dropped on YouTube. Check it out, a classic piece showcasing the best of today next generation snowboarding talent.

Not only is the riding amazing, but I am so stoked on the new talents like Jack Mitrani and Dani who are willing to go for it off the snow as much as they do on the snow. These guys are true all around talents with comedy skills, movie making skill, and music making skill, you name it they do it.

The music selection for the teaser is also a classic.

The only thing that I get bummed on when watching these high end snowboard movie teasers is the “we have to work so hard for this” slam scenes. Watching that stuff does not make me want to go snowboarding, but then again I am not 16 years old and amped up on Red Bull, so what do I know.

Dig it!

Top level from TGR

I have been watching TGR movies for over ten years now and I have always been a fan. They certainly know how to raise the bar! As always TGR puts together a great teaser for the new film “One For the Road” The level of the footage being shot for ski and snowboard movies these days is absolutely incredible! Add to that athletes going for it like never before and it makes for a pretty insane combination. This one certainly requires a few repeated viewings.

Extra clip to check out.