ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The person who inspired the character of Mr. Miyagi portrayed by Pat Morita is alive and well. Now 74 years young, still teaches and resides in Orange County, California
Two local filmmakers have spent the last 2 years following the life of Master Fumio Demura. The man who revolutionized karate in America. Mr. Demura has appeared in over 50 magazine covers worldwide. He is the recipient of the black belt hall of fame. The author of the best selling martial arts books “Nunchaku” and has inspired the best martial artists around the world such as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal and many more. In 1975 he entered the Hollywood film industry and appeared in his first movie “The Island of Dr. Moreau”, “Rising Sun”, “Mortal Kombat”, “Walker Texas Ranger” and in 1984 Pat Morita fashioned the Mr. Miyagi character after Fumio Demura for the Karate Kid franchise. Mr. Demura also was the stunt double for him and continued to be the stunt double for Pat Morita in the television series O'Hara until Pat Morita’s untimely death in 2005.
The Documentary is 75% complete and the filmmakers need to raise funds for the remaining production and post-production costs.
Demura has appeared in several films and documentaries, including: The Warrior Within (1976), (1989), Shootfighter: Fight to the Death (1992), Rising Sun (1993), The Next Karate Kid (1994), Masters of the Martial Arts, (1998, presented by Wesley Snipes), Mortal Combat (1995), Mystic Origins of the Martial Arts (1998), Walker Texas Ranger (2000), Modern Warriors (2002), XMA: Xtreme Martial Arts (2003), and Ninja (2009).
WHO IS FUMIO DEMURA?
- World Karate Champion at age 18.
- Founded JKF (Japan Karate Federation)
- Taught karate to Steven Seagal in the 60's long before his acting career.
- Promoted to 9th Dan (black belt) in Shito-Ryu Karate in 2005.
- Became Chief Instructor(Shihan) / Director of Shito-Ryu Karate-do Genbu-Kai with local dojo in Santa Ana, California in 2001.
- Inducted into the World Martial Arts Masters Association Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Came to the U.S. in 1965 to teach the Japanese style of Shito-Ryu Karate.
- Won All-Japan Karate Championship in 1961.
READ THE 25 PAGE SPREAD ON BUDO INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE ON THE REAL MIYAGI. GO TO PAGE 78 TO 103.
KEVIN DEREK- DIRECTOR | CINEMATOGRAPHER
Kevin grew up in Orange County and attended Columbia College, earning his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Motion Pictures. He has since worked on a number of features and documentaries as a Director / Producer / Editor. Aside from his love for films; he has dedicated his life to the art of Karate since the age of nine. In his lastest collaboration, Fumio Demura The Real Miyagi with Oscar Alvarez, his passion for film and Karate are united again in this emotional dramatic feature documentary.
Kevin's Past project: Empty Hand: The Real Karate Kids has been accepted to seven international film festivals.
OSCAR ALVAREZ- PRODUCER
A native to Los Angeles, Oscar began his career in the entertainment industry as an actor, and has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) since 2000. He starred in National Commercials for (WalMart, Miller Lite, Toyota, 24 Hour Fitness, Dell and more). It was his time as an actor when he realized his truly calling was behind the camera.â€¨â€¨In July of 2004, he had the opportunity to work as Production Manager on the Iraq documentary Soldiers Pay with Oscar Nominated Director, David O. Russell, (The Fighter).
He worked again with Mr. Russell as Production Manager on film composer, Jon Brion’s music video for his original song “Knock Yourself Out” starring Mark Wahlberg and Jason Schwartzman.â€¨â€¨At that point, Mr. Russell had Oscar join his camp to help in the creative development of his next feature film distributed by Universal starring Vince Vaughn. After a years work on this project, Universal forcefully puts the project on hold due to scheduling conflicts. All the while Oscar managed and oversaw the day-to-day operations of David O. Russell's production company, Kanzeon.
In late 2007, Oscar left Mr. Russell’s office, and founded NicoBella Films. In December of that year, he produced the Independent Short Film by Writer / Director, Peter Chen, Child Reduction Act. â€¨â€¨In 2009, he teamed up with Director, Kevin Derek to produce a feature documentary Empty Hand: The Real Karate Kids written up in Black Belt Magazine as "The Indie Film Every Martial Artist Must See".
Oscar is currently producing The Wolf, a feature comedy, and his second feature documentary Fumio Demura The Real Miyagi, now in production in Los Angeles.
WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET
The good news is 75% of this documentary has been shot on HD already. Every dollar that we raise from this campaign will go to pay for the remaining 25% that we need to shoot in Japan, and post-production expenses.
We're committed to making a documentary film that will capture the legacy of Sensei Demura, and keep his spirit alive for generations to come. Please help us meet our goal to finish this extraordinary film. What still needs to be done...
- Shooting on Location in Japan with Sensei Demura
- Additional Interviews with celebrities and friends throughout the U.S.
- Sound Design
- Graphic Design
- Motion Graphics
- Final Mix and Delivery
We have been following Sensei Demura for the last 2 years. Now we must go to his hometown in Yokohama, Japan to finish filming. Every donation (no matter what size) gets us closer to our goal, and gets you a huge THANK YOU from us.
The bottom line is that we're making this documentary film and every pledge allows us to not compromise the integrity of the project. So, if you're contemplating a pledge, we urge you to please come aboard because every bit counts, and is greatly appreciated. Additionally, we have some great perks available to your top right.
How IndieGoGo works: You decide how much you want to pledge and choose an associated perk. When our campaign ends, IndieGoGo takes a 4% fee off the money we’ve raised. If we don't reach our goal, the fee is 9% (which is really high, and also why it's important we reach our goal). Another 3% or so also goes to IndieGoGo for credit card processing fees. But everything else will go straight into finishing this documentary.
Our goal is to finish the film by November 2012, and have it ready for 2013.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
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Where can I learn more about the project?
Do you have experience creating a feature documentary film?
Yes. Please go to http://www.EmptyHandTheMovie.com/ to check out our last project. You can also read about the filmmakers and their experience.
If I contribute, when can I redeem my perks?
After our deadline we will start to manufacture and ship all physical merchandise directly to you. The screenings, parties and DVDs etc. can only happen after the film is completed so this will take a bit of time. Please bear with us!
What if I don’t want a perk, I just want to contribute?
No problem, there is a button that you can select if you don’t want a perk.
Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive perk to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. Go for it!
Can I gift an incentive?
YES! That’s very awesome of you. If you would like to donate to the film but give the perk to someone as a gift, go through the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you through IndieGoGo to the email address you provided. We will request your address from you at that time. Please reply with the information of the person who should receive the perk, and we will make sure it gets to them.
What if you raise over 30k?
Any additional funds raised will go right into the film, and be used for a P&A fund to market and advertise the film.
How do we contact you?
Please go to our official website or facebook for the film and email us. We will get back to you quickly if you have questions!