A sake brewery of long standing in Kanazawa is deep in the red. The owner’s only son Sagara Shuichi, an elite banker, resigns from the bank because of something that came up, and decides to stake his life on making sake. Grasping at straws, he clings to the legendary master brewer, Washio Yusaku. However, Yusaku is the man feared as an ogre. Shuichi is prepared to be “eaten by the ogre”, but he is thrust into a difficult position when he sinks further into debt because of Yusaku’s pursuit of “perfect sake making”. Moreover, the brewers working for Yusaku are strangers to sake making. They are men and women who have lost their places to go for their own reasons, and have moved in with the sake brewery. One of them is Shuichi’s cousin, Naoki. In the middle of preparing the daiginjo sake on which the fate of the sake brewery rests, an unusual and unpredicted change takes place before Naoki’s eyes. Will the sake brewery be turned around when the drops of liquid of their quest flow? Add Synopsis In Portuguese
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Story: Man whose estranged from his marriage, life and family due to his corp stress job is jolted into chaos when it all comes crashing around him by death of his mother leaving the failing sake business to him for closure. Story is about the lives saved, changed while pursing the ultimate sake in a dying yet historic sake brewery as a sake master final masterpiece. Yes, there is competition but only to tighten the story not distract.
Actors: three main characters, son, old master and young man are the chief story drivers but so are the other brewery workers all with compelling lost soul-purpose persons.
Scenery of rural Japan, the intricate steps of brewing sake which is used metaphorically to explain life's chaotic journey made this one my favorite movies. This movie is well paced & well done, is it for you? Now to find and taste more sake.