2010年01月01日

怒涛の忘年会おわって 2

お節料理も作り終わって、過ぎ去りし忘年会の嵐を振り返る。

21日。西早稲田で安藤研忘年会。

 数年前から早稲田大学大学院国際情報研究科で客員准教授として映画撮影の実技を教えている。安藤紘平教授の要請で始まった授業なので、受講生の大半は安藤研究室の学生なのだ。その彼らが主催する忘年会なのだが、地図を頼りに行ってみると住宅地の真ん中で、うどん屋なんてありゃしない。
やはりウロウロしている学生と一緒に、携帯で電話しながら早稲田通りの店に辿り着いた。窓際の席に通されると、そこにはすでに脚本家の加藤正人先生が座っておられた。「長女がこのゼミにいるんですよ。自分の娘を教えるっていうのは恥ずかしいですね」と照れていた。良い脚本を書くコツは、感動した名作を書き写すことだそうだ。次女は撮影監督協会の撮影助手育成塾に通うらしい。婿殿が助監督だったりしたら、将来は大映画コンツェルンになってしまいますね。

23日。六本木ヒルズで三浦友和忘年会。

 塙幸成監督の『死にゆく妻との旅路(仮題)』の最後の冬ロケを1月中旬に控えて、三浦友和さんがオシャレな焼き鳥屋に招待してくれた。初めて行く場所なので、朴木プロデューサーと探し回ってしまった。塙監督は先に来ていて、友和さんと深刻な話しをしていたらしい。
誰が作ってきたのか、友和さんの作品暦のプリントがあった。それを見ると95年と01年には出演した映画が無かった。いつも忙しいと思っていたのに意外だったので聞いてみると「こういう仕事は浮き沈みがありますからねぇ」だって。なんて謙虚な人なんだろう。

24日。赤坂でパナソニックDU忘年会。

 このところ、映画もCMもテレビドラマもドキュメンタリーも、デジタル撮影がほとんどで、その度にパナソニックDUからカメラやモニターを提供してもらっている。あまり借りてばかりでは申し訳ないので、小さなHMC155を購入したけど、よく働くカメラなのである。
赤坂の居酒屋がワンフロア貸し切り状態の大盛況だった。向こうの喫煙席にはパナソニックの人たち、こちらの禁煙席には長田勇市カメラマンと『相棒』の会田正裕カメラマン。会田さんには『相棒』の撮影テクニックをいろいろ教えてもらった。

26日。二子玉で鮨忘年会。

 早稲田の教え子宮武由衣監督が勤める紀尾井町の会社の某役員プロデューサーが「美味い鮨をご馳走したい」と言ってくれたので、お言葉に甘えて。さすが高級店、いつも行く店とはちょっと違う。
今年はNASVA(交通事故対策機構)のPR映画をこの3人で作った。2010年には深夜ドラマ12本を企画している。

28日。新宿で和田誠忘年会とイメージフィールド忘年会。

 今年で20回を迎える「和田誠を囲む会」は、和田誠監督作品に携わったスタッフと出演した俳優が集まる会だ。年に一度の顔合わせとなる人も多い。『ラスト・サムライ』のエピソードを話してくれた真田広之さんはハリウッドから電話参加。丸テーブルを囲んで、僕の正面には和田誠さん。和田さんの右には匡村準さん、左には熊谷真実さん。
熊谷さんが僕に向かって「初めましてですよね?」「はい、でも一度、戸澤が何かの会に連れてきたことがあって…」「戸澤さん?知らないわねえ」「もう死んだんですけど…」「え、亡くなった方ならなおさら覚えていると思うんですけど」
しばらく間があって「妹じゃないですか?よく間違えられるんですよ」
あ、やってしまった!
「すみません、芸能界に疎いモンで…」

 二次会の池林坊に向かう途中、歌舞伎町でやっているイメージフィールドの忘年会を思い出し、そちらに向かう。黒人の客引きがやたらに多く、地図を見せると日本語で店の場所を教えてくれた。
イメージフィールドは『死にゆく妻との旅路』のほか、たくさんの映画やテレビを製作している会社なので、大きなスナックを貸し切りにしている。広くて暗い会場を覗くと知り合いもいなかったので帰ろうとしたところ、塙監督と朴木プロデューサーに鉢合わせしたので、会場に逆戻り。今まで5時間、また三浦友和さんとお話し合いしていたそうだ。

29日。新宿で金子修介忘年会。

 いつもの下北沢から新宿2丁目に会場移動。金子作品に関係したスタッフや俳優が参加している。僕の隣りには30年前からのお付合いの蛍雪次郎さん。金子監督は『ホーリーランド』とか『ウルトラマン』なども撮っているので、若い(失礼ながら全く顔を見たことが無い)俳優も多い。
ひとしきり盛り上がったあと、金子監督が参加者全員を一人ひとり紹介する。よく覚えているものだと感心する。僕なんか蛍さんに『真夏の夜の夢』のロケをした島を聞かれて全く思い出せず、ついには照明の上保さんにメールして聞いた始末だ。伊是名島が思い出せないなんて!アルツハイマーも進んできたみたいだ。

30日。新宿で蕎麦打ち忘年会。

 最近知り合った映画好きの人に誘われて、新宿御苑を借景とする自宅マンションで忘年会。
本格的な蕎麦打ちの道具が揃えられていて、客人たちはご主人に教わりながら蕎麦打ち初体験。粉を篩い、水と混ぜて捏ね、麺棒で伸ばして切る。僕は上手くできなければ悔しいし、上手くできてハマッテしまっても怖いので遠慮していたのだけど、みんなが下手でもやっているので思い切ってやってみた。そしたらテレビでよく見ているせいか、うどんなら伸ばしたこともあるので結構上手くできてしまったのだ。でも、やっぱり美味い蕎麦を食べ歩く方がいいな。

 さ、東京現像からお歳暮にもらった深大寺蕎麦も食べたし、2010年は皆様にとっても良い年になりますように。


As I finish up preparing the New Year's dishes, I look back at
the big rush of yearend parties.

21st. A party for Ando Laboratory in Nishiwaseda

For several years I have taught practical cinematography as a
visiting associate professor at the Graduate School of Global
Information and Telecommunication Studies of Waseda
University. Almost all students in my class were from Ando
Laboratory as the class was started by a request from
Prof. Kouhei Ando. This party was organized by the students.
I relied on a map to get to the place. However as it was in
the middle of a residential area, I couldn't find the Udon
restaurant.

I found some students looking for the place like me. Making
calls by mobile phone to ask directions, we finally reached
the restaurant on Waseda Street. I was led to a space by the
window. A scriptwriter, Prof. Masato Kato was already sitting
there. He said shyly, "My first daughter is a student in this
laboratory. It's kind of embarrassing to teach my own
daughter."

According to him, a key to writing a good script was
transcribing great scripts which you were moved by.
I also heard his second daughter was going to a training
seminar for new assistant cinematographers sponsored by the
Japanese Society of Cinematograph. If his daughter got
married with an assistant director, I wondered if his family
would become a large film combine.

23rd. A party for Tomokazu Miura in Roppongi Hills

We will have a last location shooting in mid-January for
Director Yukinari Hanawa's "Shiniyuku tsuma tono tabiji
(tentative title)". Before that, a leading actor, Tomokazu
Miura, invited us to a fancy yakitori restaurant. As I had
never been there before, I wandered around looking for it with
Producer Hoonoki. Director Hanawa was already there. It looked like he was having a serious discussion with Mr. Miura.

No one knew who prepared it, but we had papers which listed
up Mr. Miura's work history. Looking at it, I found that there
was no film in 1995 and 2001. It seemed surprising as I
thought he was always busy. When I asked him, he simply
said, "There were ups and downs in this field."
I wondered what a modest person he was.

24th. A party for Panasonic DU in Akasaka

These days, most shootings such as commercials, TV dramas
and documentaries are shot with digital cameras and monitors.
I felt bad borrowing them so much, so I bought a small HMC
155. It dose a good job.

One floor of an izakaya in Akasaka was reserved for the
party. The place was very busy. There were people from
Panasonic in the smoking area on the other side. And in
non-smoking area where I stayed, I met cameraman
Mr. Yuichi Nagata and Mr. Masahiro Aida who shot a film
"Aibou (literally translated "Partner" )". I learned a lot
about the techniques Mr. Aida used in the film.

26th. A Sushi party in Futakotamagawa

One produce kindly said, "I hope to show you a good Sushi
restaurant."
He was from a company where my student in Waseda University,
Director Yui Miyatake, worked for. I appreciated his
invitation. It was a really high class restaurant. It was not
what I was used to.

In this year, the three of us made a PR film for NASVA
(National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victim's Aid). In
2010, we plan to do 12 episodes for late night TV drama.

28th. A party for Makoto Wada and imageField, Inc. in
Shinjyuku


"Party for Makoto Wada" occurred 20 times in this year. For
this party, staff and actors who worked for Director Makoto
Wada's films were invited. I had a good chance to meet a
lot of people through this annual affairs. Actor Hiroyuki
Sanada joined the party through the telephone from Hollywood.
He talked about some episodes of "Last Samurai." We sat
around the round table. Mr. Makoto Wada sat in front of me.
Actor Hayato Kunimura sat to the right next to Mr. Wada,
while actress Mami Kumagai sat to his left next.

Ms. Kumagai said to me, "It might be our first time to meet."
"Yes, but Mr. Tozawa took me to one meeting..."
"Mr. Tozawa? I don't know him..."
"He passed away though..."
"Eh? I should remember him if he passed away."
After a while she told me, "You might have met my sister.
People often mistake us for each other."
Oops! I did it.

"I'm sorry. I'm not up on entertainment industry."
When I was on the way to "Chirinbou" for second party, I
remembered a party for imageField in Kabuki-cho. I decided to
go there. There were many black persons standing on the
street as barkers to lure customers. As I showed them my map,
they showed me the directions to the place in Japanese.

imageField was a company which produced a lot of films and TV
programs including "Shiniyuku tsuma tono Tabiji". They
reserved a big bar. When I looked into the huge and dark
floor, I couldn't find anybody I knew. As I was leaving, I
bumped into Director Hanawa and Producer Hoonoki. I went back
to the party. They told me that they had a discussion with
Actor Tomokazu Miura for 5 hours which lasted up to now.

29th. A party for Shusuke Kaneko in Shinjyuku.

We moved the site of the party from Shimokitazawa to
Shinjyuku 2-chome. All staff and actors who worked for
Directo Kaneko's films were there. Actor Yukijiro Hotaru sat
next to me. I've known him for 30 years. As Director Kaneko
made "Holly Land" and "Ultraman", there were a lot of young
actors (Sorry, I saw some actors at the first time), too.

After the party was warmed up, Director Kaneko began to
introduce each member. I was impressed that he remembered
everyone so well. When Mr. Hotaru asked me the name of the
island where we shot "A Midsummer's Okinawan Dream", I was
even unable to remember it. I finally sent an e-mail to
Mr. Uwabo, the lighting man, who gave us the answer. I hoped
I wasn't developing Alzheimer.

30th. A party for making soba

A person who loved movies and whom I recently got to know
invited me to the party. It was held in a family mansion with
Shinjyuku Gyoen as the scenic background outside. There was
a full set of items for making soba. All guests were
learning how to make it from the host. They screened
buckwheat flour, mixed it with water and kneaded dough. Then,
they rolled out the dough using a rolling pin and cut it.
I hesitated to do it because I know if I couldn't do well, I
would feel frustrated. If I could do well, I was afraid I was
going to be addicted to do it. But watching these beginners
doing it in any way, I decided to join in. Whether it was from
watching programs on TV or having some experience rolling
Udon dough, it came out OK. But still it might be better for
me to eat soba at restaurants.

I just ate Jindaiji Soba which Tokyo Laboratory, Ltd sent me
as a year-end gift. I wish you a prosperous year in 2010.
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