Kampai! For the Love of Sake カンパイ！世界が恋する日本酒
2015 (95 min.) Screening July 10 – 12, 2020
Directed by KONISHI Mirai
Co-presented by The Japan Foundation, Toronto and The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, in conjunction with the Online Sake School with TAJIRI Mariko
This screening requires the purchase of a ticket on JCCC’s website.
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Japanese cuisine is now one of the most popular cuisines all over the globe. However, there is one essential component that is often missing at the tables of international Japanese eateries – SAKE. Sake, often called Japanese rice wine, is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice and has a wide range of variety. This special drink has a long, deep history in Japanese culture, but outside of Japan, its still not well known and somewhat inaccessible, which makes it very hard to enjoy sake if you’re trying it for the first time.
For the Love of Sake journeys from rice paddies in Japan to breweries around the globe as it chronicles three passionate exponents of the increasingly popular beverage: a British ex-pat who has become Japan’s first foreign master brewer, an American journalist known as the ‘Sake Evangelist,’ and a fifth-generation Japanese brewer determined to shake up the industry. Together, their stories form a fascinating snapshot of how ancient traditions are adapting to the demands of a growing global market.
Featuring Kosuke Kuji, Chizuru Doi, John Gauntner, Hiroshi Kuji
[ Film Festivals, Awards ]
2015 San Sebastian International Film Festival, Culinary Cinema
2015 Tokyo International Film Festival, Panorama
2015 Hawaii International Film Festival, Eat.Drink.Film
Mirai Konishi, a journalist and filmmaker, grew up in Japan and studied film at the University of Southern California (USC). Mirai’s short films have screened at numerous film festivals, to be included at Short Shorts Film Festival for BLIND (1999) and Tokyo Fantastic Film Festival for CLOSE TO YOU (2003). His feature debut documentary, KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE (2015) premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and went on to the Tokyo International Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival, among others. Mirai is also a journalist specializing in cinema and contributes to the Japanese publications Roadshow and Cut. In 2012, he was honored by an invitation to join the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. His most recent directing work is KAMPAI! SAKE SISTERS (2019).
ONLINE SAKE SCHOOL with TAJIRI Mariko
Join us for a fascinating look into the world of Japan’s national drink with international sake sommelier and educator TAJIRI Mariko. Mariko will present three independent 90-minute seminars, each addressing a different facet of sake and the culture around its creation and enjoyment. Co-presented by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the Japan Foundation, Toronto.
Trailer for Kampai! below >