Sake-Bomb
Japan, United States of America (US), 2013, 83 minutes, SD
Sake-Bomb Synopsis

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 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.




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Reviewed by nikkareyes
Very engaging film that will make you laugh but will also make you emotional during the latter part. The lead characters Naoto and Sebastian are two very opposite individuals, while... more
Very engaging film that will make you laugh but will also make you emotional during the latter part. The lead characters Naoto and Sebastian are two very opposite individuals, while the former is Japan-born and bred, meek and mild-mannered the latter is Western-bred, egoistic, loud and seems to have deep-rooted anger bordering on racism. These cousins are on a quest to track the girl whom Naoto is committed to but doesn't know what became of and the discovery proved to be very  heartbreaking.  Still the film ends on a positive note, with Sebastian finally able to confront his own idiosyncracies and faults, thanks to that eye-opening scene with the book author lady. This may be a low-budgeted film with scenes mostly done on close-up and with limited coverage, but it's affecting and moving on its own.  You should better watch this and get to discover what sake-bomb is, too! 
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Reviewed by WahDee
Gaku Hamada is charming as Naoto while Eugene Kim is undeniably funny and committed as the flawed and arrogant Sebastian, and the two have great chemistry. The film can prove... more
Gaku Hamada is charming as Naoto while Eugene Kim is undeniably funny and committed as the flawed and arrogant Sebastian, and the two have great chemistry. The film can prove surprisingly touching, considering the teen-comedy roots. Some of the themes in the film can be thought-provoking (finding yourself and racism are a few examples). Some of the comedy can be downright hilarious (the highway patrolman scene is a highlight). The Sebastian character may be very hard to sympathize with at first. The switch between comedy and drama doesn't always mix. Some of the racially motivated rants go on too long. SCORE: 7/10 (Like Sebastian himself, it has its flaws but it is an enjoyable indie comedy that's worth looking out for.)
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Reviewed by sharonmae
Simply filmed but with important issues that anybody could relate to whether they're Asian, American or any other nationality.  Two cousins are on a road trip to search for a... more
Simply filmed but with important issues that anybody could relate to whether they're Asian, American or any other nationality.  Two cousins are on a road trip to search for a lady in San Francisco,  the result is devastating for Naoto (Hamada) but he manages to accept the truth and move on. Sebastian, his  westernized cousin who speaks English well, doesn't have a decent job and spends his days making Vlogs and ranting about racism and everything is a very interesting character. While Naoto is calm and composed, Sebastian seems to be rebellious and angry of just about anything and his video blogs talk of things that are actually the opposite of what he is.  When the cold truth was slapped on his face, he somehow realizes that he must go beyond the lies and deception and be the real person that he is.  It's like being hit head-on by sake-bomb, or  being knocked out when the sake-bomb effect hits you. Hilarious and engaging,  this is a must-watch! 
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  • this is a comedic film but I can't help but tear up a little for Naoto who goes to America looking for his gf but it turned out he discovered heartache, loads of it! 

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