Saturday, September 30, 2023

Autumn Announcements

Aloha, Hip Hapa Homeez!

Here’s to a Happy Hapa Fall making all of your Autumn dreams come true.

At long last, ours are starting to manifest, and it appears that we’ll be producing our ‘Watermelon Sushi’ film next year.

Our esteemed Executive Producer, Lowell Douglas Ing, has already begun the process of having our old 16mm reels scanned and digitized for editing. With a mix of animation and other new-fangled editing processes, we'll be releasing a uniquely artistic film. Initially shot 25 years ago, ‘Watermelon Sushi’ will definitely benefit from today’s wizardly technology!

As for Doug, his own film, 'Alan @ Work' has been making the festival rounds. Next up for a screening is HIFF, in Doug's hometown:

filmmaker and EP Lowell Douglas Ing

Watermelon Sushi's original cast

One of our early 'Watermelon Sushi' producers is no longer with us, and we’d like to acknowledge his major contributions while promoting us in Japan. Arrigatou gozaimashita, Derrick Holmes!

producer Derrick Holmes

Meanwhile, we’re still presenting the ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’ series at various colleges and universities. The topic of women marrying their former enemies during WWII is always a hot button issue. And, we’ve really enjoyed participating in discussions about interracial marriages and mixed-race kids, too.

You can learn more about those films at this link:


There are also Youtube channels for ‘Watermelon Sushi’ and ‘War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory’:

Watermelon Sushi

War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory

If you’d like to learn more about our film productions, please visit our websites:


Watermelon Sushi

War Brides of Japan, a docu*memory

Tokyo Lily

Besides working on ‘Watermelon Sushi’, we’’re also in preproduction for Tokyo Lily, a film about a Japanese war bride who became a notable artist. The website for that movie should be available early next month. A graphic novel, ‘Lily Wisteria’, will eventually be published, too. And, of course, promo items like t-shirts, stickers and posters will be created and offered.

blogger Yayoi

Here’s where you can read more about ‘Tokyo Lily’:



Please stay warm and toasty while you’re out there raking leaves. Or better yet, our little mixie fans, curl up with a ‘War Brides’ film or two. We love having your support!

Your Hip Hapa,


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