Tasmania Story

Tasmania Story (タスマニア物語, Tasumania Monogatari) is a 1990 Japanese-language film, released on July 21, 1990. It was filmed by Pacific Link Communications Japan, the Fuji Television Network, and by David Hannay Productions. Lasting 110 minutes, the film had Kunie Tanaka and Hiroko Yakushimaru as the starring roles. The movie was filmed in Australia,[1] with filming starting in the Southern Hemisphere's winter of 1989.

Tasmania Story
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Directed byYasuo Furuhata
Produced byHideshi Miyajima
Shinya Kawai
Satoshi Kiyoshi Ichiko
StarringKunie Tanaka
Hiroko Yakushimaru
Jinpachi Nezu
Music byJoe Hisaishi
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • June 21, 1990 (1990-06-21)
Running time
110 minutes
Box office2.5 billion yen

The soundtrack to the film was released on July 21, 1990, by Joe Hisaishi, who composed the music for the film.


A sixth-grade elementary school student, Shoichi, visits his divorced father who lives in Australia after retiring from a leading Japanese company and has become obsessed with finding the extinct Tasmanian Tiger. Shoichi had run away from home. At first, he travels to Sydney looking for his father but finds him in the beautiful southern island of Tasmania.


The film made more than 2.5 billion yen in the box office and was the recipient of the eight Golden Gross Award "Silver Excellence" award given out by the Association of Environmental Health. A DVD of the film was released on November 21, 2001; it was released exclusively in Japan.


  • Director: Yasuo Furuhata
  • Music: Joe Hisaishi
  • Theme: Hiroyuki Izuta ("In Your Eyes")
  • Executive Producer: Hiroaki Shikanai
  • Producer: Hisashi Hieda
  • Planning: Yasushi Mitsui
  • Executive Producer: Koichi Murakami, Toshikazu Horiguchi
  • Producer: Shinya Kawai, Satoshi Kiyoshi Ichiko, Charles Hannah
  • Producer: Hideshi Miyajima
  • Produced by Fuji Television Network, Inc.
  • Distribution: Toho

Video gameEdit

In the Game Boy action video game based on the film, the divorced father is looking for a Tasmanian tiger while trying to survive in the harsh wilderness of Tasmania. Players can choose between two "types" of levels; slow levels or fast levels. Either jumping on the enemies or using the bombs kills them instantly. Players are limited in the number of bombs that they receive in the game. Certain enemies are worth more than others when defeated. Other animals like koalas appear in the game as bonus characters. However, these bonus creatures tend to disappear very quickly.[3]

This game plays similar to the classic arcade game Mappy.[4] All plants must be collected and animals must be cleared off the level before players can begin the next level; there are approximately ten levels in this game. While the "A" button is used to plant bombs on the screen; the "Select" button is used to choose the level (and make the Tasmanian tiger either slower or faster). It is possible to stun the Tasmanian tiger with a bomb attack.[3]


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