In December 1995, a member's-only screening room was created
in the Umeda district of Osaka as part of the Planet Film
Library that was launched by Yasui Yoshio in June 1974.
all started when Tomioka Kunihiko, who had been working as
a screenwriter in Tokyo, decided to relocate to Kansai. Exactly
seven years have passed since then. Usually scheduled on the
weekend, Cinematique is different from movie theatres open
to the general public and boasts a unique selection of films.
Most of the staff are volunteers and the space has become
a favorite haunt for people with a special interest in movies
and younger people who are involved in making them. The bulk
of the films and other materials housed in the library, which
is well known both to Japanese and foreign people working
in the industry, are part of Yasui's personal collections.
There is no way of knowing exactly how many have been viewed
either privately by Yasui himself or in an organized event.
Tomioka is also quite a connoisseur of movies, and to his
already impressive list of credits, he has recently added
lecturer of film history at a vocational school.
The two of them seem to be perpetually youthful film fans.
Over the last few years, by providing equipment and a place
to show films, Planet+1 has received attention for its work
supporting productions by aspiring young people and as a production
company in its own right. Of special note is the first production
by the director Kinoshita Atsuhiro's No One's Ark,
who received support from Planet which enabled him to finish
his film this year and is now doing pre-production work for
his next work for a commercial enterprise. In addition, the
showing of work by young directors at Planet led to a special
showing made up of works called "Planet Osaka" as
part of The Age of Independents program at the 26th Hong Kong
International Film Festival, bringing the local film community
widespread acclaim both inside and outside Japan. It will
be interesting to see where the group, and these budding directors,
go in the future.