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Okinawa-made animated movie to debut on OTV

Date Posted: 2003-08-15

“Jacob’s Roof” is the title of the first entirely Okinawa-produced animated movie. The movie, scheduled to premier on OTV Oct. 10, is the result of labors by three local companies; OTV, CGCG Studio and Silicon Studio.

The movie tells the story of Jacob, a shisa who gets laid off from his job as the protector of Okinawan tile roofs, as the number of houses with traditional red tiled roofs is declining rapidly. The movie’s message is to encourage people to preserve Okinawa traditions, and not to rush to everything new and modern.

Hiroshi Matayoshi, who works as a temporary instructor at the Okinawa Arts University, directed the movie. He is best known for his award received for his work on clay animation movie “The Bugs.”

Matayoshi says that with this movie he wants to make Okinawan culture better known overseas. “The hero in this movie is a Shisa, but few people overseas and even in Tokyo and elsewhere on the mainland do not know what is a shisa. I’m very curious to see their reaction to this movie,” Matayoshi said.

Matayoshi says that the movie is technically very high quality. “This is the starting line for Okinawan computer graphics animation, but the result compares well with anything produced anywhere in the world,” he said. “This also represents a completely new career opportunity for young people in Okinawa. Until recently no such thing as computer graphics profession existed here, but if this movie proves to be a success, a completely new creative business opportunity will emerge,” Matayoshi concluded.

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