Directed by Junya Sakino
Theatrical release in Nov, 2013 at The Downtown Independent, LA

A sarcastic and self-deprecating Asian-American must take his naive Japanese cousin on a road trip along the California coast to find his ex-girlfriend.


A ʻʻSake-Bombʼʼ 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 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. 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.

Director's Profile : Junya Sakino

He was born and raised in Japan. He moved to the United States in 2000 to pursue his directing career. In Japan, Sakino produced and directed television programs. In the states, his directorial debut The Jazz Addict was an official selection for Crested Butte Film Festival. 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. Vanity Mirror won the Grand Prize for UTB Picture Battle competition. Orizuru hit the worldwide film festival circuit in 2006 and received a generous handful of awards including the Hollywood International Film Festival award for Best Period Drama, the Best Screenplay award at the Media Arts Festival, Best Film at No Nuke Festival. The film was eventually aired on PBS. Currently, Sakino has been working in the commercial and film industry. He has also worked with acclaimed directors such Kazuaki Kiriya and Shunji Iwai. His credits include"Takamine", "Bandage", "Bokutachi no Playball", "Stolen", "Halfway", "Etienne!", etc.

Orizuru (2006) Short Film
The Spiral Ring (2006) Short Film
Vanity Mirror (2005) Short Film
The Jazz Addict (2004) Short Film


Directed by Junya Sakino Written by Jeff Mizushima Produced by Hiromitsu Senoo, Junya Sakino
Gaku Hamada Eugene Kim Marlane Barnes Josh Brodis Samantha Quan Dat Phan with Mary Carey and Denden
2013 / USA=Japan / colour / 82min / 1: 2.35 / 5.1ch Surround
© 2013 pictures dept. / Sake Bomb Films, LLC

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