Oamaru to be transformed for Japanese film

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Oamaru will be turned into Cuba, USA and a number of South American counties when a Japanese films shoots scenes here this month.

The film, which is about the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, will have some scenes filmed in Oamaru between July 22 and 25.

Oamaru production and casting manager Maddy Maxwell said the Japanese company had filmed in Oamaru before and chose it for scenes set in South America, Cuba and USA because of the “amazing” variety of buildings and locations.

The filming will be done in Harbour St and a number of other surround streets including Itchen St and Tyne St.

Harbour St will be closed for part of the day on July 23 but traffic and pedestrians will still be able to access it most of the time and most businesses will remain open though out the days the film crew are here, she said.

The filming will bring more than 50 people to the area which will fill up accommodation and restaurants during the quieter winter time.

“They’re also really committed to using local people as much as possible instead of bringing in a lot of crew.

“It’s really really good for Oamaru.”

The company will be in New Zealand for a week and will also be filming in Christchurch and Central Otago.

Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust heritage co-ordinator Faye Ormandy, who has been supporting the film, said it is great for such a movie, which is about an American man who helped bring the 1964 Tokyo Olympics to fruition, will have some scenes filmed here.

“Oamaru is well and truly on the New Zealand film radar.

“It’s really nice that the area is realised as being a good place to film.”

Anyone interested in being an extra in the film can email angela@icanmodels.com.

They are still looking for a number of Japanese extras.

By RUBY HARFIELD