Last summer, Brad Crawford spent a month in Japan interviewing folks about "the Japanese Arcade Experience", traveling to Tokyo , Osaka, and Fukuoka to capture footage of the country's game centers and talk to people like Q-Games designer Bear Trickey, professional gamer Ryan "Gootecks" Guitierrez, Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft, and more.

You can see some of what Crawford shot for his documentary about Japan's arcades, titled 100 Yen, in the trailer embedded above. The director hopes to touch on the history of Japanese arcades, the stories of people who visit arcades, how arcades are evolving to keep up with new technology and compete with home consoles, and other topics.

Crawford intends to return to Japan with a small crew to interview additional people, like famed Street Fighter player Daigo Umehara, Osaka Electronic University professor Satoshi Numata, and the Japanese public. He also wants to interview spokespeople from Capcom, Konami, Taito, and other gaming companies.

To fund all this, the filmmaker is hoping to raise $9,000 in the next three months through IndieGoGo. He's so far raised over $5,600, and he's offering a variety of incentives to contributors, including film credits, copies of the future 100 Yen DVD, a collector edition SFIV Tournament Edition joysticks signed by an unrevealed figure, and more.

You can learn more about the project and make a donation here.

[Via Infinite Lives]