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Published October 01, 2013, 08:50 AM

Japanese film crew includes Grand Forks in new series

The University of North Dakota and the city of Grand Forks are receiving international film attention. A Japanese film crew featuring some of Japan's biggest stars has been filming around the city.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

The University of North Dakota and the city of Grand Forks are receiving international film attention. A Japanese film crew featuring some of Japan's biggest stars has been filming around the city.

Lights, cameras and movie stars lined the tarmac Monday at the Grand Forks International Airport -- all part of the production for a Japanese television show that is highlighting the University of North Dakota's aviation program.

The television series, MissPilot, is a 12 episode drama that follows aviation students on their journey to become pilots.

"The people of Grand Forks have been so helpful so we've got a great image and backdrop for this presentation," said Cuck Pineo, Chief Operating Officer for UND Aerospace.

"Everybody has been very nice and very cooperative an so it's been a very productive film shoot," said Producer Daisuke Sekiguchi.

The TV series filmed at several locations throughout Grand Forks, including one scene at a popular local restaurant.

Sekiguchi: "The restaurant Toasted Frog was very good and we actually filmed there for a restaurant scene. The food there is something that the Japanese love and we all had a great time there."

Good times enjoyed while working on a television show that will strengthen international partnerships and provide benefits to those on both sides of the ocean.

"Over 20 million people in Japan will be watching this television series and hopefully they'll see a little piece of Grand forks and be intrigued," said Pineo.

The series' first episode will premiere this October in Japan.

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