HIFF Eat.Drink.Film 2021 Showcase Series

Shogen 尚玄

No, we’re not getting a film from Okinawa but we do have an actor from Okinawa who is starring in director Yoshida Kota’s Sexual Drive. Fashion model and actor Shogen stars in the film and many may recognize him as Raye Penber from the 2015 Death Note TV series. He has an impressive filmography and is currently in the Philippines to finish filming Gensan Punch.

A Japanese triptych about sex, aphrodisiac foods and secret desires.

via IFFR 2021
“Sexual Drive” trailer

Sexual Drive will be available for streaming from June 10-20. It’s not my kind of film but I’ll likely watch it for Shogen.

“Hanamizuki Okinawa Hougen Ver.” is the MV of the Year

If you watch one music video on YouTube, this must be it. The MV is an acoustic cover of the very popular J-pop song Hanamizuki by Hitoto Yō (she’s Japanese and Taiwanese) and matches well with Uchinaa-guchi and Ryūkyū instruments, dance and vocals. (Another version to listen to is from Amami Ōshima’s Minami Kizuki.) The music video is a collaboration between guitarist HOMARE of Nanaironote and model/actress/singer Karin Miyagi who recently collaborated with famous Okinawan artist Naka Bokunen for the Chimugasana project. Filming took place at Ryukyu-mura.

An interesting connection that this cover of Hanamizuki makes is that the song inspired a film of the same name (2010 release) that starred the popular Okinawan actress Aragaki Yui and had its international debut at our very own Hawaii International Film Festival!

h/t @sherryberry100 on Twitter.

Wallpaper: Suntory’s Jug-nama featuring Airi Taira and Mew Azama

Not one, but two wallpapers from Suntory for their Jug-nama (ジョッキ) beverage featuring actress Airi Taira (yeah, we need to add her to our actresses from Okinawa list) and model Myu “Mew” Azama.

desktop20100701125055.pngAiri Taira
desktop20100701125032.pngMew Azama

Download the wallpapers for your Mac/PC over here.

(Via 壁紙fan!)

Two Okinawans to represent Japan in Elite Model Look competition – Tokyograph

The final round of Japan’s 2009 Elite Model Look contest took place on Wednesday. Out of an initial field of 3,000 candidates, two grand prize winners were chosen – Manami Teruya (16) and Yui Okuma (18), both from Okinawa.

Teruya and Okuma will represent Japan in the international competition, which is being held this October in Sanya, China. […]

(Via Tokyograph.)

Teruya is from Okinawa City and Okuma from Ishigaki City. Go Okinawa! Photo of the pair is up at Ryukyu Shimpo’s website.