Zatoichi (Film)

A Japanese film released in 2003. The historical story depicts a blind swordsman comes to a town encountering warring gangs. He lodges at a farmer’s house and meets a pair of siblings plotting their own revenge plan. The film was awarded the 60th Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion for Best Direction.

Year of Filming: Apr-May 2003

One Cut of the Dead (Film)

A Japanese film released in 2017. A film crew is shooting a zombie movie in an abandoned water filtration plant and it turned out to be a real zombie apocalypse attack.

Year of Filming: Jun 2016
  • Ashiyama Water Filtration Plant, Mito

Babel (Film)

A Hollywood film released in 2007. A dramatic story based in Morocco, US, Mexico and Japan begins with a single bullet.

Year of Filming: Oct-Nov 2005

Godzilla: Final Wars (Film)

A Japanese Sci-Fi action film released in 2004. The 28th film of Godzilla series. The superhuman with special abilities waged a 3-way war with Godzilla and the aliens from Planet X.

Year of Filming: Jun-Aug 2004

Hana-bi (Film)

A Japanese film released in 1998. The drama depicts the lonely life of a detective, who witnessed the life and death of his wife and colleague. The film was awarded the Golden Lion award at the 54th Venice International Film Festival.

Year of Filming: Pre-1998

The Prince of Tennis (Film)

A Japanese film released in 2006 based on the manga series of the same name, also released as anime and musical. The youth talented at tennis joins the tennis club of a famous middle school, and aims to be a national top player.

Year of Filming: Sep-Nov 2005

Tales of the Unusual ’05 (Fuji TV Special Drama)

A Japanese anthology TV series, which consists of multiple innovative stories each with different genres. The popular series is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020.

Year of Filming: Sep-Nov 2005

HERO (Film)

A Japanese film released in 2007. The extraordinary public prosecutor partners with his assistant officer, and solves cases with his strong sense of justice.
This featured film was spawned by its popular TV series.

Year of Filming: Apr 2007
  • Ishige City Hall, Joso
    (A building film set was assembled on-site while the city hall was under construction.)

Kamen Rider Series (TV Asahi Drama Series)

A favourite superhero series for all ages. Since 2000, the series has been carrying out location shootings in Ibaraki every year.

Year of Filming: 2000-2018

Boys over flowers (TBS TV Drama Series)

A popular drama series based on manga by Yoko Kamio. Young girl from middle-class family attends a prestigious school, where she meets four young men from Japan’s wealthiest families, and begins her exceptional and romantic school life.

Year of Filming: Dec 2005-Feb 2006

Chibi Maruko-chan (Fuji TV Drama Special)

A live-action TV drama special based on the long-running Japanese anime, Chibi Maruko-chan. The comedy drama derives from the daily life of this primary school girl with her families and friends.

Year of Filming: July 2003

Time Watch (BBC TV Documentary Series)

A long-running British TV series produced by BBC, showing documentaries on historical subjects, spanning all human history.

Year of Filming: Feb 2005-Nov 2006

Tokugawa Yoshinobu (NHK Drama Series)

Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the seventh son of the Mito Daimyo (Feudal Lords) Tokugawa Nariaki. The drama tells his life story as the last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan.

Year of Filming: 1997-1998

Blue Hour (Film)

A Japanese film released in 2019. The original story is based in Ibaraki, played by Japanese actress Kaho and Korean actress Shim Eun-Kyung. The film was awarded the Asian New Talent Award for Best Director at the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival.

Year of Filming: July-Aug 2018


Taemin, is a South Korean singer, songwriter, actor, and dancer. He debuted in Korea at age 14 as a vocalist with the group SHINee in May 2008, who also debuted in Japan in June 2011.

Year of Filming: Oct 2018