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Feature film from United States and Japan, 82 minutes
English and Japanese with English subtitles

Screens Thursday, February 26, 2015
Screening Block 3: 8pm-11:15pm

Directed by Junya Sakino
Produced by Hiromitsu Senoo

A ‘Sake-Bomb’ is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It’s also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian-American and his Japanese cousin. Sebastian is a bitter, self-deprecating wannabe Internet star from Los Angeles. He has recently been dumped by his girlfriend and is on the look-out for someone new. When his cousin Naoto, a naive sake maker from Japan, shows up to find his own ex-girlfriend, Sebastian takes him to Northern California to find her. They are a clash of cultures waiting to happen and someone has to break first. Together they meet a colorful group of characters as they come to grips with who they are and the true nature of the girlfriends they are pursuing.

About the Director

Junya Sakino was born and raised in Japan and moved to the United States in 2000 to pursue his directing career. Soon after, he attended California State University Long Beach’s film program where he went on to direct Vanity Mirror, The Spiral Ring and Orizuru. Orizuru hit the worldwide film festival circuit in 2006 and received a generous handful of awards. The film was eventually aired on PBS.


2013 SXSW – Best Screenplay
2013 San Diego Asian Film Festival – Best Narrative Feature

“The story, subtext and relaxed atmosphere all make Sake Bomb into the accomplished debut that it is. When you get the chance, grab Sake-Bomb with both hands as it’s far lovelier than a film about racism has any right being.” — Rob Simpson, THE GEEKSHOW

“what Junya Sakino and writer Jeff Mizushima have crafted here is a very enjoyable mix of serious and intriguing themes with a commercially friendly road-buddy comedy in the traditional Hollywood style. ” — James Mudge, BEYONDHOLLYWOOD.COM


About Winter Film Awards

Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out. WFA is a minority- and women-owned registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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