Sideways (2009 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byCellin Gluck
Screenplay byUesugi Takayuki
Story by
Based onSideways (2004)
Sideways (novel)
by Rex Pickett
Produced by
CinematographyGary Waller
Edited byJim Munro
Music byJake Shimabukuro
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27) (Wine Country Film Festival)
  • October 31, 2009 (2009-10-31) (Japan)
Running time
123 minutes
  • Japan
  • United States
  • Japanese
  • English
Budget$3 million[1]
Box office$1.5 million[2]

Sideways (Japanese: サイドウェイズ, Hepburn: Saidoweizu) is a 2009 comedy-drama film directed by Cellin Gluck that is a remake of the 2004 Academy Award-nominated film Sideways. Unlike its predecessor that was set in the Santa Barbara wine country, it is primarily set in the Napa Valley wine region.[1]


Michio Saito is a middle-aged Japanese screenwriter with little success. He is a former foreign student who returns to California to attend the wedding of his best friend, Daisuke Uehara, to an Alli, an American. Uehara is a former actor who has lived in California since college and is now a restaurant manager.[3][4] Before the wedding, the two men take one last bachelor trip to the Napa Valley wine country,[1][4] where they meet a woman that Saito once tutored and admired, Mayuko Tanaka, and her barista friend, Mina Parker. Tanaka and Saito rekindle their acquaintance, and Parker and Uehara become romantically entangled.[3]


The actors include:[3][5]


  1. ^ a b c Karpel, Ari (March 19, 2009). "'Sideways' Returns, Uncorked for Japan". The New York Times. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  2. ^ "Sideways (2009)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Schilling, Mark (2009-11-06). "Sideways". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  4. ^ a b Vine, Richard (2014-04-27). "Saidoweizu: the Japanese remake of Sideways and other unlikely films". the Guardian. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  5. ^ "Saidoweizu (2009) - Full Credits". Turner Classic Movies. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2020-09-04.

Further reading[edit]

  • Griffin, Jeffrey L. (2014-12-01). "Turning Japanese: From Sideways to Saidoweizu: An examination of the Japanese remake of a Hollywood film". Film International. Intellect. 12 (4): 84–98. doi:10.1386/fiin.12.4.84_1. ISSN 1651-6826. OCLC 5810894097.
  • Kuipers, Richard (2009-09-11). "Sideways". Daily Variety. 305 (26): 5. ISSN 0011-5509.

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