Nippon Film Dinner

Nippon film dinner with THE BIRTH OF SAKÉ by Erik Shirai

At this year’s film dinner, enjoy a delicious bento box selection, international cider variations and Japanese sake. This unusual culinary delight will be accompanied by a screening of the documentary THE BIRTH OF SAKÉ about a 140-year-old family brewery in northern Japan. Erik Shirai captures the time-consuming traditional process of saké production in poetic, atmospheric images.

Kindly supported by UENO GOURMET GmbH, Apfelwein Weltweit, Obsthof am Steinberg – Andreas Schneider and Landsteiner Mühle – Michael Stöckl





  • USA 2015, Blu-ray, 94 min, Japanese with English subtitles
  • Director & Camera: Erik Shirai
  • Production: Cebu Osani Creative, Imakoko Media
  • World sales: The Film Sales Company
  • Thursday, May 26, 19:30 Theater Die Käs

The Yoshida sake brewery can look back upon a family tradition of 144 years. But in the days of globalization, looking back is not enough. In his award-winning documentary, Erik Shirai presents the national beverage of Japan not only as an economic product. He shows us the people who bring sake to life and lets us witness the miraculous transformation they effect through their work.

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