In October, 2005, Mitsui Sumitomo bank and SMBC Friend Security Company announced the launch of the Hokuto Fund - Legends of Hero. This is a trust fund to invest in films financed under a trust-fund structure. All the shares offered were immediately sold out. The total amount raised was over 23 billion yen, with 5 billion coming from private investors. The fund was created to finance five original works by Bronson and Tetsuo Hara, three films for theatrical distribution and two OVA(original video animation) works. these works were based on the extremely popular "Hokuto-No-Ken," a 20-year success story. It was the first time that a fund had been created to finance entertainment product based on such a popular and successful work. This was the starting point for North Stars Pictures and we aim to focus in future on the establishment of similar funds for the production of animation.
Gifu doudou!! Kanetsugu and Keiji
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