Documentary Profiling Gran Turismo's Creator Kazunori Yamauchi Coming Soon

by Kyle Hilliard on Sep 19, 2013 at 12:28 PM

A new documentary is on the way profiling the man behind the Gran Turismo franchise, Kazunori Yamauchi, and his drive for perfection in the creation of the virtual automobile experience.

The documentary film, Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide, was announced at the Jalopnik Film Festival. The film is part of the 15th anniversary celebrations for Gran Turismo. You can check out the official description, as well as the trailer, below.

This film is about drive. It’s about the passion and creative drive of Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind Gran Turismo’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution. This film will trace his relentless willingness to challenge himself, to hold none of his past achievements sacred, and push beyond the virtual divide in his pursuit of perfection. Through the support of PlayStation, Kaz’s journey has forever changed the gaming and automotive landscape and in doing so, has redefined how we perceive the relationship between art, entertainment and culture.

We recently interviewed Yamauchi as part of our Gamescom coverage, where he talked about the future of Gran Turismo, as well as the other Gran Turimso movie. Head here to read it.


Our Take
After many failed attempts at making movies based on video game licenses, it seems like documentary has become the best way to go. Movies like King of Kong, Indie Game: The Movie, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang, and the documentary shorts following the production of Double Fine's Broken Age, have all proven to be more interesting and worthwhile than movies based on popular video games. Hopefully Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide will offer a similarly engrossing experience.