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WORLD DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

THE BIRTH OF SAKé

Directed by Erik Shirai
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 94 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE THE BIRTH OF SAKé
Erik Shirai’s atmospheric ode to the 2,000-year-old art of saké introduces audiences to the Tedorigawa brewery and the small brotherhood of highly dedicated and painstakingly trained artisans who bring the ancient spirit into existence year after year. Spending six months away from friends and family, the team of men live and work together under the tutelage of the Brewmaster, a respected leader who is also like a surrogate father or brother to them. Facing the evolving tastes of a new generation of saké drinkers, Tedorigawa remains steadfast in its commitment to creating the highest quality product.

Exquisitely shot over the period of a year, Shirai takes us on a rare tour of the Tedorigawa brewery to reveal a culture and tradition that finds a quiet and natural beauty in its delicate process.

—Liza Domnitz
Documentary, NY Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Erik Shirai worked on numerous documentaries and TV shows before launching the production company, Cebu Osani Creative, in 2008. The company’s focus is to combine fiction and non-fiction aesthetics to create compelling films. He is based in New York.

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2015
  • Length:
    94 minutes
  • Language:
    Japanese
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Erik Shirai
  • Producer:
    Masako Tsumura
  • Editor:
    Takeshi Fukunaga, Frederick Shanahan
  • Cinematographer:
    Erik Shirai
  • Executive Producer:
    Mark Karpeles
  • Composer:
    Ken Kaizu
  • Sound Design/Mix:
    One Thousand Birds, Andrew Tracy, Calvin Pia, Laura Dopp
  • Cast:
    Yamamoto Toji, Yasuyuki Yoshida

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