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New Zealanders mark Japanese territory in new, free, full-length film

It’s no secret that Japan is the Mecca of powder skiing, annually luring film crews from all over the world to log shots in ridiculously deep snow. But, more often than not, we only see small film segments showcasing the Japow—these segments lack depth when it comes to highlighting all the Land of the Rising Sun has to offer.

New Zealanders Harry Pettit, Nick Brown, Rupert Paterson, George Pengelly and Jack Spence recently challenged that norm with their film, The Rising Gaijins. Posted today for free-99, the 20-minute beaut’ was shot entirely in Japan, featuring dreamy powder skiing supplemented by some kickass urban, crash and lifestyle shots. It’s wonderfully filmed, it’s wonderfully edited and it captures what skiing’s all about in its simplest form: Tearing up new places with snow-covered smiles plastered on faces the whole time.

Enjoy this one, folks, because it’s not everyday that such an awesome film simply pops up on your screen at no cost.

Behind-the-scenes photos from The Rising Gaijins by Woody Gooch


Loadin’ up for one of many epic days.


The boys putting in work.


Japan, we have lift off.


Avalanche barriers are real flippin’ fun.


No ski traffic, here, folks.


This doesn’t look fun at all…

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