Directed by Junya Sakino
Official Selection, 2013 SXSW Film Festival
Best Screenplay, 2013 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Sebastian (Eugene Kim) is angry. It’s a hopeless, lonely, and improbably funny anger that can only be summed up by the name of Sebastian’s vlog (“FOB Mother Fucker”), through which he assaults viewers with his radical perceptions on race and his loathing for any association between Asian Americans and foreign-born Asians.
Enter his foreign-born cousin, Naoto (Gaku Hamada of Chips, SDAFF ’12), who needs Sebastian’s help to find the woman he longs for in Northern California. Their ensuing road trip binds Sebastian and Naoto and reveals truths about both men, especially Sebastian, whose anger, as it turns out, may be severely misdirected.
SAKE-BOMB, the first feature by Junya Sakino, skewers the narcissistic notion of identity-as-anger, while spinning an oddball comedy about family and redemption. With a biting script from Jeff Mizushima (director of SDAFF faves Etienne! and Salad Days), and great performances by Kim, Hamada, and a funny Marlane Barnes (iCarly, The Twilight Saga, Mad Men), SAKE-BOMB takes us from identity blogging to white woman fetish to the crazy things that ultimately make us happy. –Phillip Lorenzo
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