Japanese television network Nippon Televison (NTV) has completed production on Japan's first all 3D, all computer generated feature film, The Aurora.
Based on an original script by Michiru Shimada and made over a period of nearly three years under director Yoshinori Kanno, The Aurora is an undersea adventure featuring a Star Trek-like team of international researchers who battle deadly deep-ocean bacteria that threaten to spread around the world.
The film is set for release by Media Box at the beginning of August in Tokyo and Yokohama, but is expected to roll out to the rest of Japan. NTV will also broadcast the film on its network, but there are no immediate plans for a series.
"This is a first for us and for the Japanese film industry," said NTV spokesperson Seiji Okada. "We hope to make more films using this technology."