Posted by katzueno on Sunday, February 13th, 2011 (Japan Standard Time)

YokosoNews Weekly #012

Hamster the movie - the live interview of a Japanese American film director, Jeff Mizushima

Live on Sun, Feb 13, 2011 at 4pm (Japan Standard Time). The weekly live streaming show to talk about what's happening in Japan.

In this week, we will welcome the filmmakers of the award-winning independent film, "Etienne" - Jeff Mizushima, the Japanese American director and writer from Los Angeles and Giacun Caduff, the producer from Switzerland - to talk about their journey of making the very cute movie about a hamster and a sabbatical student, Richard in San Francisco.


In the first 30 minutes, we'll talk about the weekly news the followed by in-depth interviews between Mizushima and Caduff.

YokosoNews will ask them how they made the movie.

This will be the first tricontinental broadcast of YokosoNews Weekly. Log-onto the social timeline via Facebook, Twitter, AIM or MySpace to ask questions to the filmmakers.

The live show will also be archived and posted onto this page later.


About "Etienne"



"Etienne" Trailer




Etienne! is the story of Richard who is a  college student in San Fransisco. He seems to have no interest except his lovely hamster, Etienne.

One day, Richard finds his pet has the terminal cancer, and has to put it to sleep. But he decided to take him on the bike trip to show him the world.

The film was shot on super 16mm film (not digital), and has the look of 1970s, and helps emphasize to create the world of Jeff Mizushima. As Mizushima has worked on a several music videos, the choice of the sound track cannot be ignored including the guest appearance of Great Northern.

Etienne! was premiered at CIneVegas Film Festival in 2009 and received Special Jury Award. Since then it has received various awards at the film festivals.

After the limited theatrical releases in NYC and Europe, it is ready to release on DVD and download this weekend in the US.


Filmmakers & guests


Jeff Mizushima, the director and writer of Etienne!


Giacun Caduff, the producer of Etienne!

Official website

Facebook Page






Date & Time

Sunday, Feburary, 13, 2011
4:00pm~5:30pm (Japan Standard Time)

* The program is subject to change, postpond or cancel at the last min.


Local times:

Location Week DateTime
USA/Pacific Saturday 2/12/2011 11:00pm~
USA/Central Sunday 2/13/2011 1:00am~
USA/Estern Sunday 2/13/2011 2:00am~
Sao Paulo Sunday 2/13/2011 5:00am~
London Sunday 2/13/2011 7:00am~
Madrid Sunday 2/13/2011 8:00am~
Paris Sunday 2/13/2011 8:00am~
Kuwait Sunday 2/13/2011 10:00am~
Moscow Sunday 2/13/2011 10:00am~
Mumbai Sunday 2/13/2011 12:30pm~
Bangkok Sunday 2/13/2011 2:00pm~
Singapore Sunday 2/13/2011 3:00pm~
Sydney Sunday 2/13/2011 6:00pm~

Click here for the extended list.





Katz Ueno
As the Editor-in-chief & Producer of YokosoNews, Katz wants to show Japan to the rest of the world.
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