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Directed by: Junya Sakino 2013 | 82 min.

Section: New American Filmmakers

Premiere: Hawaii

Countries: Japan, United States

Languages: English, Japanese

Genres: Comedy, North American Cinema


Sponsored by:

The Vilcek Foundation

A "sake-bomb" is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. The alcoholic collision of the Japanese and American encapsulates the contentious relationship between Naoto and Sebastian, the main leads of SAKE BOMB, one of the funniest Asian American comedies of the last few years.

Sebastian is a bitter, self-deprecating wannabe Internet star from Los Angeles. He is recently dumped by his girlfriend, who can't take his juvenile slackerdom anymore. When his cousin Naoto (Gaku Hamada), a naive sake maker from Japan, shows up to find his own ex-girlfriend in Northern California, Sebastian reluctantly take him on a road trip to go find her. Along the way, cultural misunderstandings, underhanded behavior and hijinks ensue. It’s clash of cultures ready to explode. Together they meet a colorful group of characters and situations as they come to grips with who they are and the true nature of the significant others they are pursuing. The debut feature of Japanese born and LA-based producer Junya Sakino and Jeff Mizushima (the award-winning ETIENNE!, SALAD DAYS [HIFF 2012]).

As part of the New American Filmmakers program designed to highlight the contributions of immigrants to American cinema, SAKE-BOMB director Junya Sakino will be in attendance for a special post-screening Q&A with audience members.

Click here for Junya's full bio, more information on the NAF program and the 2013 New American Filmmakers.


Junya Sakino was born and raised in Japan. In 2000, He moved to the US to pursue his directing career. In 2003, he made his US directorial debut with short film THE JAZZ ADDICT. Sakino subsequently went on to study film at CSU Long Beach directing shorts, VANITY MIRROR, THE SPIRAL RING and ORIZURU (2006). SAKE BOMB marks his debut as a feature-length director.

Synopsis written by: Anderson Le


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Cast & Crew

Director Junya Sakino
Screenwriter Jeff Mizushima
Producer Junya Sakino, Hiromitsu Senoo
Co-Producer Hiram Chan
Executive Producer Yuko Shiomaki
Cast Gaku Hamada, Eugene Kim, Marlane Barnes
Cinematographer Sam Yano
Production Designer Wade Morison
Editor Jeff Mizushima
Music Composer Daichi Yoshida
Casting Director Brad Gilmore

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