I moved to an area in Osaka called Chidoribashi a few days ago. The reason why I moved is that the rent is free as the landlord is supporting my activity in filmmaking. I was paying USD 1,300 a month for the previous place and had to work longer hours to pay for the rent. Now, I think I need more time than money to continue filmmaking, so I chose to spend less money to concentrate more on filmmaking.
However, it is not that easy. The rent is free because... the place is like shit! There was nothing in the room when I moved in, but it is like this right now.
A problem is that I didn't have curtain, so I hang this cloth I got from Indonesian party at Busan Film Festival last year. I didn't know what to do with this cloth, but now I know. Thank you, Indonesian filmmakers.
Here is my bedroom. The same problem here. Because of no curtain, I keep waking up at 5am, and the room becomes too hot at 7am. Here, I put a piece of Indian organic cotton cloth I got from my friend Mani Chinnaswamy from India several years ago.
This clothes has a tag with a picture of a guy who wove this cloth.
But here comes the real problem. Because of rain water leaking in the room, the tatami is rotten. I'm thinking about putting some plants or flowers here...
Another problem is the toilet, traditional Japanese style toilet. I grew up with this traditional style but haven't used it for ages. I want to renovate this toilet to more artistic Japanese style toilet, but I can't find any Japanese style designers' toilet. All the designers' toilets are Western style somehow.
The bathroom is a problem too. There is no hot water nor shower. And why is this bathtub so small?
I heard there are a few old school public baths called Sento in this area, so my solution is to go there everyday...
Here is the view from the kitchen.
So here is my room, but there are 4 more rooms like this in this building. I want to utilize the rooms somehow to make the building a filmmakers' hub in Osaka.
I want to make these rooms above an editing suite and a screening room for independent filmmakers.
The room below stinks because of toilet problem. This room will be a storage for equipments and wardrobe.
This is the most scary room. What is that in the middle of tatami? It looks like a shape of human. The landlord told me that someone living here died at a hospital, and I hope so. You can shoot real creepy films here.
I'm using this room below for the space everyone can come and relax...
Nice rooftop, isn't it? You can shoot a scene of someone trying to jump off the building here.
The CM below for the rat trap was shot here.
Moreover, there is a huge garage on the ground floor.
I think there are so many things we can do in this building. Let me know if anyone has any idea to utilize these spaces especially for filmmakers.
A few years ago, we shot this creepy film called Yamamoto Eri becomes Recoverability Zero in this building. Now the film is available at Vimeo On Demand, and you can watch it for free if you enter promo code "yamamoto" now!