Howl from Beyond the Fog (2019)
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Howl from Beyond the Fog (狭霧の国 is an independent Sagiri no Kuni, lit. Land of Fog)tokusatsu kaiju short film produced by LosGatos Works. Helmed by Daisuke Sato, the film was crowdfunded via Kickstarter in late 2017 and premiered at the Atami Kaiju Film Festival on November 24, 2019. It is inspired by the 1951 short story "The Fog Horn" by Ray Bradbury, which also served as the basis for the 1953 film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Daisuke Sato
- Written by Daisuke Sato, Yohei Yanase
- Music by Chouchou
- Cinematography by Daisuke Sato, Keizo Murase
- Edited by Daisuke Sato
- Production design by Daisuke Sato
- Director of special effects Daisuke Sato
- Puppets produced by Daisuke Sato
- Modeling by Keizo Murase, Tomohiro Matsumoto
- Backgrounds painted by Fuchimu Shimakura
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Suguru Inoue as Eiji
- Akane Kanamori as Takiri
- Michiyo Ishimito as Inami
- Nana Nagao as Nagisa
- Tomohiro Matsumoto as Nebula
- Nebula / Amenosagiri
Production of the Nebula suit was crowdfunded through Kickstarter beginning on November 30, 2017. The campaign ultimately reached 150% of its goal at ¥1,269,842 from 140 backers. A pilot reel of the film was shown at G-Fest XXVI in July of 2019. The film wrapped in November of that year with a total of 380 shots for 31 scenes. It officially premiered at the 2nd Atami Kaiju Film Festival on November 24, accompanied by a special talk from director Daisuke Sato and modelers Keizo Murase and Tomohiro Matsumoto.
- Main article: Howl from Beyond the Fog/Gallery.
- Land of Fog (literal Japanese title)
- Japan - November 24, 2019 (Atami Kaiju Film Festival)
The Howl from Beyond the Fog Kickstarter campaign offered a DVD of the film to backers who pledged ¥6,000, and a Blu-ray to those who gave ¥10,000, with a behind-the-scenes video included as a bonus feature. SRS Cinema will issue the film on Blu-ray and VHS in the fall of 2020, with plans for a wider DVD release in 2021.
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