The reasons for Tampopo


In Syria, the airstrike continues, painful news that over 50,000 people are annoyed by an erroneous bomb attack and are dying and are reported with images in TV and newspaper. However, it is said that suicide people in Japan are more than 100,000 a year. I feel uncomfortable that there are so many suicide people without being reported in the shadow that we live everyday. In the capitalist society people are somewhere living with a feeling of blockage somewhere in pursuit of more profit, competition that has been overly surprising, complex social structure, and responsibility imposed excessively. There is not yet a definite solution in this chaotic society.


I dreamed of shooting a movie at the age of 25 and went to Tokyo.

I kept running as a shooting assistant all the time, I gained experience 

even if I cut off sleeping hours and just ran. In such circumstances

I got the chance to participate in the work of Director Juzo Itami. 

Works that filled with human love, painted social satire with humor 

and sense, and plenty of his message included bubble bursting,

social problems sprung out, standing out even in the sense of blockage, 

being able to participate only by being able to participate I remember well. However, on the day before cranking in Haneda Airport I caused a contact accident with the bus, My car rolled over and lost all. I was suffering from a serious accident that part of my head would split.

I was taken to a hospital by ambulance and was told that I was

hospitalized but I promised my doctor to take a rest and managed to rest and I managed to take a hospital stay and participated in the next day's shoot. I did the job well without telling other staff about the accident, but from the first day shooting the scenes of a fancy car action, it was clogging up with intense photography on a camera car etc. While continuing to work while deceiving the flow of blood from scratches in the head. I managed to cling to the shooting site desperately desperately. It is a good funny story now.



After that, the movie “Woman in Witness Protection" cranked up and 

got a considerable reputation. Mr. Itami's sudden death message has arrived as I wish to be able to participate in the next Itami’s work while daily taking various shots. There are various theories of cause of death. I felt that big ones broke down in me and that the Japanese movie had ended. It is this time that something unfamiliar with me was born. Mr. Taro Yamamoto who was an actor at the time is playing an important role in this movie. Every time I see his parliamentary speech, my memories of this time vividly cross my head.


There is a movie "Tampopo" in Itami's work. Tampopo is dandelion’s japanese name. Dandelion is just a weed that is everywhere, and it will entertain people in the spring. The movie "Tampopo" is attractive, even if it is full of vitality, works depicting various human beings that are erotic, fashionable and humorous over their vitality and humorous existence. After Mr. Itami's death, at such time I came across a Kuramata work when I was trying to make something with sorrowfulness. Although he was already dead, as I found out the space which still remained with Kuramata Map which was in the magazine Domus, I found various messages of Mr. Kuramata, I was impressed and drawn . I think it was a work like a treasure hunt in Tokyo's crowd.


At such time, luckily I got acquainted with the people involved in the Kuramata work and got an exchange work "Tampopo" born. Originally photographer I was supposed to make such a work is nothing but a variety of faces. I hope this work will find a gap in this chaotic society strongly, it will become a clue for a slight rest and problem solving.



Takao Inoue



 シリアでは空爆が続き、年間5万人を超える一般人が亡くなっているという痛ましいニュースが映像とともに報道されています。しかし、ここ日本でも自殺者は年間10万人を超えています。日々私たちが暮らすその影で報道されることなく、これほどまでの自殺者がいるということにとても考え深く、同時に違和感を感じます。 資本主義社会においてさらなる利潤の追求、生き過ぎた競争、複雑な社会構造、過剰に押し付 けられる責任に 人々はどこか閉塞感を持って暮らしています。このカオティックな社会のなかで明確な解決策はまだありません。

 私は20年前の1996年に 映画を撮影することを夢見て上京しました。撮影助手としてひたすら走り続け、睡眠時間を削ってでも経験を積み、ただただ走りました。そんななかで伊丹十三監督の作品『マルタイの女』に参加する機会をいただきました。人間愛にあふれ、社会風刺をユーモアとセンスで描き、彼のメッセー ジがふんだんに盛り込まれた作品はバブルがはじけ、社会問題が噴出し閉塞感のなかでも際立っていて、その新作に参加できるだけで有頂天になったことをよく覚えています。 しかし、浮かれていたせいか クランクインする前日に羽田空港内で私はバスとの接触事故を起こしてしまいます。私の車は横転し全損、 頭部の一部が裂けてしまうというちょっとした事故でした。かなりの出血で救急車で病院に運ばれ、入院と言われましたが、先生に懇願し安静にすることを約束してなんとか入院をまのがれ、翌日の撮影に参加しました。他のスタッフには事故のことは告げずうまく仕事をこなしていたのですが、初日から派手なカーアクションのシーンの撮影で、カメラカーなどに乗っての激しい撮影で固まりかけていた頭部の傷から血が流れるのをごまかしながらも仕事を続けなんとか必死に撮影現場にしがみつきました。今では良い思い出話です。


はタンポポの生命力にかけてバイタリティーにあふれエロティックでおしゃれで滑稽な人々をユーモラスに描かれています。 悶々としながら写真作品を作ろうと画策していた頃に倉俣史朗作品に出会いました。彼は既に亡くなっていましたが、雑誌ドムスにあったクラマタマップを片手にまだ残っていた空間を探して見つけたりいろいろ調べていくうちに倉俣氏の様々なメッセージを見つけ、感銘し引き込まれました。それは東京の雑踏の中の宝探しのような作業だったとおもいます。