The Birth of Saké

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The Birth of Saké
The Birth of Sake poster.jpg
Directed byErik Shirai
Produced byMasako Tsumura
Music byKen Kaizu
Release date
  • April 16, 2015 (2015-04-16) (Tribeca)
Running time
94 min
CountryUnited States

The Birth of Saké is a 2015 documentary film about the Tedorigawa Brewery, a 144-year old sake brewery in Ishikawa Prefecture.[1] The Birth of Saké documents the painstaking process of traditional, craft saké brewing that lasts throughout the winter.[2][3]

Directed by Erik Shirai, a cinematographer for No Reservations,[4] the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and also went on to win Best Documentary at the Bend Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and the Ashland Film Festival.[5]

A shortened 83 minute version of the film was broadcast September 5, 2016 on PBS POV (TV series) as Episode 6 of Season 29.[6][1][2]


  1. ^ Daniel M. Gold (March 17, 2016). "Review: In The Birth of Sake, a Brew Made With Pride and Lots of Patience". The New York Times.
  2. ^ David Noh (Mar 19, 2016). "Film Review: The Birth of Saké". Film Journal International.
  3. ^ Justin Chang. "Tribeca Film Review: 'The Birth of Sake'". Variety.
  4. ^ "'The Birth of Saké': Documentary Lifts Curtain of 2,000-Year-Old Tradition". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  5. ^ "Awards",
  6. ^ List of POV (TV series) episodes#Season 29

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