An independent feature film from the cosmopolitan cast and crew, from US, Asia & Europe, collaborating on numerous creative projects in Tokyo, Japan.
Mr. Richmond is a comedy mystery feature-length film set in Shibuya, Tokyo that follows a few hours of an American homeless man in one continuous take.
A man is visiting Tokyo with his colleague from the States for a business trip. As their schedule is tight because of the budgetary reason, they are flying to Shanghai next day even though they are still suffering from a jet lag.
The meetings they had so far went very well and in a limousine on the way back to the hotel from the last meeting in Tokyo, they are immersed in the festive mood. They talk about the next strategy and business plan etc.
But something in the conversation disturbs him and he asks the driver to stop the car. He tells his colleague that he wants to "walk back to the hotel as he needs to get some fresh air" and gets off the car, realizing it is a crowded street in the middle of Shibuya.
He hesitates at the chaos in the city at first but, while confirming the position with his iPhone, he starts to explore the crowded city.
He is entangled by some men but manages to avoid getting into trouble with them, and as he continues to walk, he catches the sight of a tall bearded American homeless, Mr. Richmond, in the middle of the crowd.
Curious, he follows him. The homeless man confronts him and they talk. He wonders why someone from west like himself could end up like the way he is in the foreign land.
He offers him some money but the homeless rejects the offer, saying he may be a homeless but definitely not a begger.
They carry on their conversation while walking down the streets.
The homeless man opens up gradually and tells him how he ended up here little by little - it is a wild adventure story just like Don Quixote's.
And, to his surprise, the connection of the two men starts to reveal in his story.
Eventually, (position) personality of the two men starts to switch without their acknowledgement as well...
Multiculture, multi language:
This is a multilanguage film from the ensemble cast from Japan, US, EU etc..
Realistic and yet fable-like:
We will create realistic and yet fable-like feel by shooting a 6 feet tall bearded American, Kyle Gibson, as a homeless man on the streets of Tokyo in documentray style. This homeless, Mr. Richmond, will also reveal his adventeous and outlandish story, like Don Quixote, of how he ended up the way he is in the foreign land.
Full-length Feature film in one take:
We will definine it as one and only film by shooting the full feature-length film in one conteneous take.
This technique started with Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope" in 1948, then it continued on with experimental films such as Andy Warhol's "Empire" and Mike Figgis' "Time Code" , then Alexander Sokurov's "Russian Ark", "PVC-1" and " Silent House". But where most of them take place either interior or secluded areas for shooting control purposes, we will shoot this on the crowded streets whoch makes it as the world's first.
Length: 70 – 80 mins
Genre: Mystery Comedy
Language: English and Japanese
Format: Canon 5D or Canon C300
WHAT WE NEED
We have main crew and cast as well as HDSLR basic gear, final cut etc. We need the funding to cover mostly the physical production even though we will try to have volunteers as much as possible, we need to cover profesional sound, special equipments and time/money for post production.
Kyle Gibson as Mr. Richmond
Brett Gillen as American business man
An American actor/musician known in Japan as a member of Blue Man Group who had been runing until March 31, 2012.
Writer, Director & Editor: Yasuyuki Kubota (Right)
He is currently working as freelance, producing and directing advertising videos while producing original short films and developing feature film projects.
As a producer, he has produced adverts for Japan, EU and US, winning numerous awards worldwide, including Cannes Lions, Clio, Adfest, BTAA, Andy Awards, Times Asia-Pacific Advertising Awards, One Show, The APA Show etc.
OUR PREVIOUS WORKS
Tropics – Mouves (official Music Video) Music video produced for UK label, Planet Mu Records - Premiered on The Fader - Featured on The Guardian, BBC, XLR8R, Pitchfork and other EU, US and Asian major medias.
“She Sees” (Short Movie) Released on Feburuary, 2012
“Kyoto Project” (Pitch Film) Test Teaser & Actual Presentation Video Pitch project of samurai movie that took place in Shochiku Studio in Kyoto as a part of Kyoto Historical Film Festival, November, 2011