The Japanese movie “Green Flash” filmed on Saipan last Nov. 22-23. The movie, set to premiere in April 2014, is about three university students working at Karoake Box in Tokyo who travel to the Pacific in search of happiness and the “green flash” natural phenomenon.
Actor Yuya Miyagaki and actress Yui Ishikawa were on Saipan for the shoot. The movie is sponsored by the largest karaoke franchise in Japan, Daiichi Kosho Co., Ltd., and supported by convenience store franchisor Lawson Inc.
The Marianas Visitors Authority assisted the production shoot with film permitting and ground transportation. The Northern Mariana Islands are expected to receive over $50,000 in ad exposure through the movie trailer, Lawson e-mail news and free magazine, the movie premiere, and other publicity.
“We’re happy to see a renewed interest in the Northern Marianas Islands as a film location for Japanese companies with this month’s visit of ‘Green Flash,’” said MVA marketing manager Bruce Bateman. “With our beautiful natural scenery and year-round tropical weather, we are a convenient locale for film companies throughout Asia, and we hope to see more companies avail of what we have to offer.”
While on Saipan the crew filmed at the Japanese-era lighthouse on Navy Hill, Jonny’s Bar & Grill, Paseo de Marianas pedestrian mall, Saipan Beach Pathway, and Wing Beach. The crew lodged at Hyatt Regency Saipan and Hafadai Beach Hotel during the production shoot. (MVA)