News Sushi: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond #46

News Sushi #45
Editor Note:It is Friday and that means it is time for the World Famous, soon to be Intergalactic Famous, News Sushi from our very own, Hamish Downie. Hamish brings us a decidedly different slant on Pop Culture as viewed through the lens of a non-native living in Japan.

Thank you Hamish, for your insights.

 

It’s Friday!

I’ve just finished shooting an additional four days for my film, now retitled “Matcha & Vanilla”. I’ll do a proper press release soon – look for it when I’m not feeling like this…

via GIPHY

But for now, please take a look at this exclusive behind the scenes look:

 

 

(left to right: Paul Leeming – DP, myself – Writer/Director, Tomoko Hayakawa – star, Qyoko Kudo – star)

 

Look also for my upcoming review/social Saturday of “Bar Hana”, our location for this scene – which has delicious award-winning cocktails by mixologist Okamura-san.

For now we have…

SPOTLIGHT: “Sumaho o otoshita dake na no ni”

View this post on Instagram

[ Trailer Movie ] スマホを落としただけなのに | Sumaho o Otoshita dake nanoni Director: Hideo Nakata Writer: Akira Shiga (novel), Tetsuya Oishi Release Date: November 2, 2018 Distributor: Toho Asami Inaba (Keiko Kitagawa) is a temporary worker at a company. One day, her boyfriend leaves his smartphone in a taxi. Since then, mysterious things take place around her like her credit card bill having charges she did not place. She gets involved in a big case. #KeikoKitagawa #北川景子 as Asami Inaba #YudaiChiba #千葉雄大 as Manabu Kagaya #RyoNarita #成田凌 as Yoshiharu Urano #KeiTanaka #田中圭 as Makoto Tomita #TaizoHarada #原田泰造 as Toru Busujima. #スマホを落としただけなのに #JMOVIE #JapaneseMovie #JFilm #映画 #ムービー #Trailer

A post shared by J-Drama & J-Pop 🎎🇯🇵 | 音楽&ドラマ (@jdrama_and_jpop) on

From IMDB: “Asami Inaba is a temporary worker at a company. One day, her boyfriend leaves his smartphone in a taxi. Since then, mysterious things take place around her like her credit card bill having charges she did not place. She gets involved in a big case.”

The title for this week’s spotlight Japanese film roughly translates as “I just dropped my smartphone”, which doesn’t sound like the most exciting premise, despite the fact that if you were to (as they say in the premise) leave your smartphone in a taxi – you would completely freak out. This film is based on a novel by Akira Shiga, but what’s really going to get you excited for this one is that it was directed by none other than Japanese horror master Hideo Nakata, famed for the Ringu series, and “Dark Water”.

The film is just finishing it’s run in Japanese theatres, so look for this one coming across the pond… soon?

via GIPHY

Movies in the making

I haven’t seen the film, but I always love finding out that practical effects are still being used. They always feel more real than CGI.

Next is our HOT LINK OF THE WEEK, which manages to be hot without showing anything… but everything at the same time 😉

View this post on Instagram

超 凶

A post shared by 言 武 (@immense_ray) on

And finally, something very sweet from the very talented artist, Kenichi Takahashi, who worked on a couple of my past projects:

That’s it for this week!

via GIPHY


Your thoughts and opinions are important to us, so please leave a comment in the section below the article, and if this is your first time visiting please be sure to read the Privacy / Terms and Conditions Of Use. And Please Play Nice!

Thanks for visiting. Let us know what you think.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.