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Tuesday, 28th February 2012
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Fuji TV and Ridley Scott to mark 11/3 anniversary

Acclaimed Hollywood filmmaker Ridley Scott is to team up with Japan's top commercial broadcaster Fuji Television to record a day in the life of Japan.

Japan in a Day will mark the first anniversary of the terrible Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11th and will be dedicated to the victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami.

In memory of the tragic natural disaster, Fuji TV and Scott Free London – Ridley Scott and his brother Tony's production company – are creating a film that will chart a day in the life of Japan on the anniversary of the disaster.

As well as making their own footage, the two organisations are inviting people to upload a video of their daily life on March 11th 2012 to the internet, with the best entries included in the final film.

A YouTube 'Japan in a Day' page will be used to display all of the contributions, with the Blade Runner director then selecting the best which will be used to create a powerful original movie.

As part of the project, Fuji TV has revealed it will donate 200 video cameras to areas affected by the tsunami and earthquake and the footage gathered on them, alongside the broadcaster's coverage of the day, will be used in the final movie.

With Kevin Macdonald's Life in a Day as inspiration, Fuji TV and Scott Free London are continuing the filmmaking experiment in memory of those who lost their lives.

Discussing the original 2010 format, Ridley Scott said: "By capturing their stories, secrets and wishes, we were able to build a movie-sized snapshot of what it's like to live on Earth today.

"Japan in a Day is offering us just that, but instead a concentrated insight into the daily lives, hopes, fears and dreams of the Japanese people.

"We're excited to see the results and wish Fuji every success in building its own big screen love letter to Japan."

The finished movie will premiere in a Japanese cinema before being shown around the world, with Fuji TV donating all profits to those affected by the disaster.

Written by Kimberley Homer