The IJF has visited Rikuzentakata as part of its "Judo for the World" series of films ©Getty Images

Double Olympic gold medallist Tanimoto Ayumi and 2015 world champion Haga Ryunosuke both feature in a new film telling the story of those affected by the Tōhoku tsunami and earthquake in 2011 in Japanese city Rikuzentakata.

The video has been produced by the International Judo Federation (IJF) as part of its “Judo for the World” series.

The IJF conducted a visit to the region just eight months after the disaster struck the region and another delegation from world judo’s governing body have recently been to the area.

Those who travelled to the city included representatives from the All Japan Judo Federation, media and Judo for Peace director Nicolas Messner and Ayumi, winner of the Olympic gold medal in the under 63 kilogram category at Athens 2004 and in Beijing four years later.

Rikuzentakata, located in the Iwate Prefecture, was almost wiped of the planet as a result of the Tōhoku tsunami and earthquake, which killed nearly 16,000 people and injured a further 6,152.

Around 2,500 residents were also declared missing at the time of the tsunami and earthquake.

The IJF witnessed the initial devastation on their first visit as they tried to restore hope to the thousands of victims of the disaster, and this year’s second visit coincided with the Tokyo Grand Slam, held from December 4 to 6.

The film itself depicts some of those who suffered at the hands of the devastating tsunami and earthquake, including Miss Osaka, who was moved and relocated as a result.

She found solace in a judo club led by Sensei Iwasaki and the video shows how the region and its residents are recovering four-and-a-half years later.

Other “Judo for the World” videos will follow throughout the coming months, promised the IJF.