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Kazunori Yamauchi and Gran Turismo

Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the Gran Turismo video game will become the subject of a documentary. This documentary is produced for the 15th anniversary of the release of the first game in the series.

Kazunori Yamauchi - creator of the Gran Turismo franchise

Kazunori Yamauchi – creator of the Gran Turismo franchise

Gran Turismo, the famous car driving simulator only available on the Playstation platform, will celebrate 15 years from the release of the first game in the series, which was sold in over 70 million copies around the world. To celebrate this milestone, a documentary tells the story of Kazunori Yamauchi, the man behind the legendary video game.

Kazunori Yamauchi – “KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide”

The documentary is called “KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide” and pursues Yamauchi’s passion, the architect of the game. According to the official description, the documentary will present his way and his inner struggles which have led to the development of Gran Turismo.

Perfectionist and passionate about music almost as much as cars (hence the name of his studio – Polyphony Digital), Kazunori Yamauchi is also a pilot. After several appearances, he was even awarded a class victory in the 24 Hours Nürburgring in 2011 (Nissan GT-R), and most recently drove a Jaguar XKR-S GT at the last Goodwood Festival.

Kazunori Yamauchi is behind the Nissan GT Academy with this contest organized since 2008 for players to win a place in the official team, move from the font of the screen to the real race track.

No release date has yet been announced for the documentary called “KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide” directed by Tamir Moscovici (already behind Urban Outlaw, to be seen by any 911fan). The trailer, in English, was unveiled yesterday by Yamauchi at Jalopnik Film Festival, within the Classic Car Club Manhattan.

KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide

The first Gran Turismo game series debuted on the world market in 1997, first in Japan. The sixth game in the series will be released on 6 December this year on PS3, and its creators are already working on Gran Turismo 7 on the next PS4 within two years, according to the Japanese magazine Famitsu. Meanwhile, Sony Playstation consoles have reached the fourth generation, allowing creators of the game to go ever further with graphics and simulation offered by the now famous series.

Gran Turismo 6 (2013) will have available 1,200 cars and 71 tracks (+ track editor).

Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the famous series of simulator has received several offers from Hollywood to make one or several movies that will use the Gran Turismo name, but he refused to engage his franchise in an action movie that would be considered trivial. The documentary he accepted is more about the story of a man, avoiding the clichés that Yamauchi didn’t wanted in a movie that would illustrate his work.

Video KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide

Video Gran Turismo 6


Kazunori Yamauchi, Gran Turismo 6, KAZ: Pushing the Virtual Divide via autoplus[dot]fr

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