DREAM STAGE ENTERTAINMENT INTRODUCES DREAM STAGE PICTURES
02/25/2004

Dream Stage Entertainment, the parent company of the PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS, announces the formation of Dream Stage Pictures, an affiliate company for the creation of motion pictures. Already in production is Dream Stage Picture's first film, a tale entitled Nagurimono (translated as "one whose nature it is to fight"), which takes place in Edo (Tokyo) at the end of the Shogunate Rule during the 1860s.

Already in production is Dream Stage Picture's first film, a tale entitled Nagurimono (translated as "one whose nature it is to fight"), which takes place in Edo ( Tokyo ) at the end of the Shogunate Rule during the 1860s. The story involves exclusive, private fights being held for the entertainment of feudal lords and shoguns. The film will be a combination of action and romance and will feature up and coming Japanese actor, Hiroshi Tamaki, as well as established film and television star, Takenori Jannai.

The goal of Dream Stage Pictures is to create quality films that do not necessarily focus around the presence of PRIDE FC fighters. Nonetheless, fighters may have bit roles in the films . among others, Nagurimono will include Kazushi Sakuraba, Don Frye, Wanderlei Silva, Quinton Jackson, Alexander Otsuka, and Yoshihiro Takayama. Dream Stage Entertainment takes great pride in maintaining a strong relationship with its fighters throughout their fight careers and, as such, it is the intention of Dream Stage Pictures to continue to maintain a strong relationship with fighters and to open the doors for them to explore a new career when their fighting days are over.

 

 

Kazushi Sakuraba: "I was so nervous that I asked the director to make my lines shorter, as few as possible. There was a scene where I had to have a stare down with Tamaki's character and that was the hardest thing for me because I don't even stare down my opponents in the ring when I really fight."

Yoshihiro Takayama: "I didn't get nervous at all. I felt ok because I'm always fighting in front of large audiences anyway. In the movie I fought against Don Frye! We actually punched and hit each other seriously and I really think the audience will feel that it's real because it was. I think the audience can enjoy the fight scenes on their own."

Don Frye: "This is the third movie for me, but in the past I had just done cowboy roles in westerns. This movie is kind of like a Japanese version of a western and I thought it was really cool. I fought against Takayama again, just like in real life. We fought for real and we slugged it out. At one point he gave me a serious big boot (laughing)."

Wanderlei Silva: "I'm very happy and honored to be involved. This is like a totally new challenge for me and it gives me an opportunity to explore other possibilities instead of just being a fighter. "

Quinton Jackson: "The movie is really cool. I think I may have decided what my second career is! I fought Sakuraba in this movie and I'm telling you it's gonna look real. We really worked on it. I think it may be the best scene in the movie."

Nagurimono is expected to debut in September of 2004.