Eugene Kim and Gaku Hamada in a scene from “Sake-Bomb.”
Eugene Kim and Gaku Hamada in a scene from “Sake-Bomb.”

“Sake-Bomb” will be playing at the Downtown Independent, 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, from Nov. 8 to 14.

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 (Eugene Kim) is a bitter, self-deprecating wannabe Internet star from Los Angeles. He has recently been dumped by his girlfriend and on the lookout for someone new. When his cousin Naoto (Gaku Hamada), 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.

Directed by Junya Sakino, whose credits include the short films “The Jazz Addict,” “Vanity Mirror,” “The Spiral Ring,” and “Orizuru.” Written by Jeff Mizushima, writer, director and editor of the feature films “Etienne!” and “Salad Days.”

Showtimes: Friday, Nov. 8, at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 10, and Monday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. To order tickets online, go to

“Sake-Bomb” will also be shown on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2:50 p.m. at Digiplex Mission Valley as part of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (

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