Directed by: Mirai Konishi 2015 | 95 min.

Section: Eat. Drink. Film.

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Japan

Languages: English, Japanese, with English subtitles

Genres: Documentary, Food, Social Issues


Living in Hawaii, we sometimes take things for granted. For example, the integration of Japanese culture and cuisine in our local culture. Sake, or Japanese rice wine, is admired and lovingly consumed. There is even an annual “Joy of Sake” event at the Convention Center. The right sake brew can complement an amazing omakase meal. However, the process of making sake is still shrouded in mystery.

In KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE, journalist turned filmmaker Mirai Konishi follows three sake lovers — a British sake brewer, an American journalist, and a young president of a century-old sake brewery in Japan — as they join together to explore this mysterious world. The film illustrates how these unique individuals, who have been fascinated with this extraordinary beverage of Japanese origin meet the challenges of the modern sake industry (from the brewing process to consumption at your local sushi bar), while investigating the rich, complex, and spectacular world of one of Japan’s national treasures.
— Anderson Le

After the November 16 screening of KAMPAI: FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE, there will be a separate POST-FILM SAKE TASTING EVENT, with food and serving the following sakes featured in the film:

- Tamagawa tokubetsu junmai
- Iwaki Kotobuki yamahai junmai genshu
- Okunomatsu Sakura daiginjo
- Nanbu Bijin daiginjo

THE PIG & THE LADY chef-owner Andrew Le, a favorite at Honolulu's annual Joy of Sake festival, will create complimentary dishes to match each sake. Kosuke Kuji, seventh-generation president of Nanbu Bijin, will be on hand to answer questions and offer pours of his daiginjo sake. In addiiton to the four complimentary sake samples, there will also be an open bar for other drink orders.

To purchase tickets to this sake tasting event, visit kampaisake.eventbrite.com


Monday, November 16 6:00 PM Dole Cannery A Date Passed
Thursday, November 19 7:30 PM Waimea Theater Kauai Date Passed
Sunday, November 22 7:45 PM Dole Cannery H Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Mirai Konishi
Producer Chiaki Yanagimoto
Cast John Gauntner, Philip Harper, Kosuke Kuji
Cinematographer Masami Inomoto, Mirai Konishi
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