One of the most popular attractions at the Toei Eiga-Mura, Kyoto’s famous movie theme park, uses a coolux Pandoras Box media system in a blend of acting, stunt work and projection mapping. The ninja-themed show, Jiraya, features a popular folk hero who uses magic to reach his goals.
The 30-minute show, which runs three times a day and features four characters, is one of the most popular attractions at the theme park, which is also a working film and TV studio.
A shoji-screen style border frames the stage on three sides, which has a white projection screen as its main background. Ambient content sets the mood for the different scenes of the adventure narrative.
Due to the actors’ precision when it comes to hitting their marks on stage, it becomes possible for them to seemingly interact with some the projections behind them. In one scene, the red outlines of mystical Ninja appear, in another, one of the heroes shoots energy balls at his opponent. From the audience’s perspective, the effect is highly entertaining.
The projections are created by two soft-edged Epson EB-Z10005 projectors at the back of the theatre, running content from a coolux Pandoras Box system. Both the content and the technical implementation were realised by the Japanese event and projection mapping specialist Takenaka.
Old legends, modern technology and classical stage craft have been combined in an aesthetically beautiful show that will make adults think of their childhood heroes and will also resonate with children used to a steady diet of modern Dragon Ball style animation series.