Yoshida Brewery in northern Japan is a 144-year-old family brewery that makes sake the old-fashioned way. That is, they make sake in a way that preserves a 2000-year-old tradition. Erik Shirai made a beautiful short of the people at Yoshida and the process of making sake in his film The Birth of Sake, and it looks like it will be an incredible watch.
It’s a fascinating story. The workers of Yoshida Brewery must live and work together for six months at the brewery to make the sake.
The Birth of Saké is a cinematic documentary that reveals the story of passionate saké-makers and what it takes to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan.
The workers at Yoshida Brewery are an eclectic cast of characters, ranging from 20 to 70 years old. As a vital part of this cast that must live and work for a six-month period through the brutal winter, charismatic veteran brewmaster Yamamoto (65) and the brewery’s sixth-generation heir, Yasuyuki Yoshida (27), are keepers of this tradition, and are the main characters who bring the narrative forward.
The trailer is below. The film premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival.