News Sushi #102: Morsels of News from Japan and Beyond

News Sushi #102 Hamish keeps serving the best News Sushi!
Hooray! More News Sushi for you to enjoy!
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 (ありがとうございました) Hamish, for your insights.

こんにちは!Which means “Hello”!

Welcome back to News Sushi… a lean and mean edition this week, as I want to focus mostly on the film that Joel Haver made and released recently. But, first, I’d like to share a brand new mix for Thea Riley’s song “I want you here” (which is my favourite of her songs):

“Pretend that you love me” is the new feature-length film from Joel Haver, who I interviewed back when he released his previous feature film “Island”. His new film is a must-watch. It’s “Sex, Lies and Videotape” for today’s audience. He makes films for no money, and especially with his latest one, it proves that Dogma95 hasn’t died. Indie Filmmakers don’t need to go bankrupt to create a masterpiece. You don’t need to wait for permission.

It’s a very artfully shot film. Which, if you’d seen “Island” you’d be expecting, but there is a touch of the Wes Anderson here with his framing. The story is very heartfelt and honest. I wasn’t sure if I was watching a narrative film or a documentary, but that doesn’t really matter, because it is such a good film and it is worth your time. I won’t say why, but this love story is also a film that you may want to add to your father’s day watch lists in the future.

Joel also has a instagram for his drawings (some are NSFW):

For everyone who follows me who has a dream and is suffering from imposters syndrome, you might find some solice from this wonderful video Joel recently released:


Learn about Japan’s first Black-owned Anime Studio that should be on everyone’s radar: Link

Here’s some of their work:

I’ve appeared on a few podcasts this week, my own, “Pop and Fizz”, which we had a crossover event with “Talking with our mouths full” and discussed food and the film, “Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs” both of which are available on Apple Podcasts. Don’t forget my appearance on “Let me draw that”.



Lee Wang practices more than others in the volleyball team, but she has never competed officially in a game. She is envious of her friend ,Yu Shao, the Ace in the team. However, after Yu Shao is absent from a game , and Lee Wang is called to replace her, their friendship starts to change.


short lockdown film from Michael Chan featuring Timothy Ng and Jessica Chan

Bye for this week!


We welcome your comments and feedback below. If this is your first visit, 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.