Gaku Hamada as Naoto
Born in 1988, 24 years old Gaku Hamada is young yet veteran Japanese character actor who has been in over 60 films and TV shows since he was 9 years old. His debut was in 1998 for the TV Show “HItori Bocchi no Kimi Ni” as a boy who starts living with is friend same age as his father. His break-through was this very popular long-run TV drama, “Sannen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei”, Japanese school comedy series. With so many film and TV credits, he won many awards including Takasaki Film Festival in 2007 with his outstanding performance in an international acclaimed film The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck, and God in a Coin Locker”. Since then he is often referred as Japanese version of Dustin Hoffman with Elijah Wood’s looks. He has many followers even in entertainment industry, Kotaro Isaka, a prize winning best selling author created this character called “Killl-O” inspired by Gaku, for his book “Golden Slumber” later became a commercial film. Gaku was of course casted as Kill-O in the movie. His popularity is even growing with 7 feature films to be released in 2013 alone. Sake-Bomb is Gaku’s first English speaking film.
Eugene Kim as Sebastian
Eugene Kim was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was exposed to live theater at a very young age. Eugene then moved to Los Angeles to study Child Psychology at Pepperdine University. In his last year at Pepperdine, he enrolled in the Groundlings Improv School where he discovered that entertaining people is what he wanted to do with his life. Since then, he’s worked on a number of independent films including Pound and Project 420. He recently worked on the independent feature film I Remember You, directed by award winning director Claudia Sparrow. In the film, Sake-Bomb, Eugene portrays ‘Sebastian’, an aspiring internet video star who is forced to drive his cousin to Northern California and help him find his true love. Eugene stars opposite Marlane Barnes, Samantha Quan, and Hiroyuki Watanabe. In his free time, Eugene is involved with stand-up, improv and sketch comedy. He has performed at many popular venues including The Comedy Store, Flappers, and various locations of The Improv around the country. Eugene currently resides in Los Angeles and is represented by Evolution Entertainment.
Marlane Barnes as Joslyn
She was first introduced to acting at the age of 4 doing regional shoe commercials – and the shoe fit. She followed her love for the stage in local theatre and began her formal training in classes at the University of Arkansas. That led to a degree in acting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also broke into the Austin film scene. Her first audition in Los Angeles led to a 2-episode arc on “iCarly.” Her second audition was for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 and she has been busy ever since. You can see her in the feature film “Sake Bomb” at the World Premiere at South By South West Film Festival. Barnes loves Woody Allen, Shakespeare, Neil Simon, film noir, Jamie Cullum, jazz in general and dancing – but not necessarily in that order. She is a native of Portland, Maine and was raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, but is now based in Los Angeles with her filmmaker boyfriend and their cats. In her spare time, Barnes enjoys reading, painting and writing for her just-for-fun design blog MarlaneDesign.
Directed by Junya Sakino
He was born and raised in Japan. He moved to the United States in 2000 to pursue his directing career. In Japan, Sakino produced and directed television programs. In the states, his directorial debut The Jazz Addict was an official selection for Crested Butte Film Festival. Soon after he attended California State University Long Beach’s film program where he went on to direct Vanity Mirror, The Spiral Ring and Orizuru. Vanity Mirror won the Grand Prize for UTB Picture Battle competition. Orizuru hit the worldwide film festival circuit in 2006 and received a generous handful of awards including the Hollywood International Film Festival award for Best Period Drama, the Best Screenplay award at the Media Arts Festival, Best Film at No Nuke Festival. The film was eventually aired on PBS. Currently, Sakino has been working in the commercial and film industry. He has also worked with acclaimed directors such Kazuaki Kiriya and Shunji Iwai. His credits include”Takamine”, “Bandage”, “Bokutachi no Playball”, “Stolen”, “Halfway”, “Etienne!”, etc.
- Orizuru (2006) Short Film
- The Spiral Ring (2006) Short Film
- Vanity Mirror (2005) Short Film
- The Jazz Addict (2004) Short Film
Written by Jeff Mizushima
Jeff Mizushima is the writer, director, and editor of ETIENNE! and SALAD DAYS. Two feature films you most likely have never heard of or plan to see. But they won some awards and some people like them, so there is a 50% chance you’ll like it, too. SAKE-BOMB is his first collaboration with Junya Sakino as director. Jeff currently runs his production company, CINEASTA PRODUCTIONS, which specializes in event video and editing services in Los Angeles. He is also the editor at a Pilates video subscription company and is a part time recreational leader for the City of Manhattan Beach. Jeff loves kids and puppies.
Executive Producer: Yuko Shiomaki
Yuko Shiomaki is the founder and CEO of Japanese boutique production, distribution company, as well as world sales agent, pictures dept. co. ltd. With Yuko’s long and established film business experience as Acquisitions, Sales, International Affairs on film productions and developments, distributions, PR & Marketing, the company was founded in 2009 to introduce powerful artists and entertainments from Asia with the unique ability to provide end-to-end services; from throughout production to movie theaters. Yuko’s recent credits include successful world-debut for Sion Sono’s “Guilty of Romance”, presented at Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2011, following the official project at L’Aterier, Cannes, 2010, “Decadent Sisters” by Shinji Aoayama, later awarded Best Project at Pusan Promotion Plan. In 2012, Yuko produced “The Land of Hope” by Sion Sono and got NETPAC Best Asian Film Award at Toronto International Film Festival.
Producer: Hiromitsu Senoo
After graduated from university, he joined one of the top Japanese post-production house IMAGICA. He was in charge of coordinating post-production works of Films and DVD titles including most prestigious director Yasujiro Ozu’s complete box sets. In 2005, he joined STYLEJAM, a boutique production company and started his career as an assistant to the producer of “SAD VACATION” of Shinji Aoyama. Since then his major filmography as an associate producer includes “Oh My Buddah!” by Tomorowo Taguchi, “Looking For Cherry Blossoms”, a Joe Odagiri’s directorial debut feature film. In 2011, he joined pictures dept. as producer and is now developing several international co-production projects with young discovery of filmmakers.
Director of Photography: Sam K. Yano
A graduate of the California State University of Long Beach, Sam K. Yano started as an assistant editor, then headed the 3D CGI department working on commercial projects for Hyundai, PacifiCare Health, and Johnson & Johnson. He then led the effects and 3D animation team for CGI driven films and television and filmed the documentary “In Search of Juan Valdez” while traveling through South America. With this foray into television and film Sam would work for Discovery Health and Paramount Pictures. He has since worked as a feature cinematographer for films like TAKAMINE, SALAD DAYS, and wrote the feature film SAKI. He is currently writing and directing various feature projects based in LA.
Music by Daichi Yoshida
Daichi Yohisda has composed and orchestrated music for film “CHAIN(2013),”SAKI(2012)”, Television “Legend (2007-2009)”, and Commercial “BRIDGESTONE”,”FOX” etc. A native Japanese Daichi started his music career as a guitarist in 90’s. Through his experience in many different bands he gained wide range of music writing skills. In 2010, he moved Los Angeles, and completed Film Scoring certificate program at UCLA extension. He was also selected for SCL mentorship program 2011 as an intern. Along with his music career, he established the first professional street ball league in Japan with other original members, and produced movies, music, and promoted events.
Co-Producer: Hiram Chan
Hiram Chan was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but shares his upbringing between Hawaii and Southern California. With an interest in films, he got into screenwriting and graduated from the California State University at Long Beach with a major in Film Production. He has worked in production for many independent films and television projects, from music videos to animated television programming. SALAD DAYS is Hiram’s first feature film as a co-writer and director.
Casting by Brad Gilmore
Brad graduated summa cum laude in English and Economics from Fordham University in New York, and is a member of The Casting Society of America (CSA). Recent films and television include DEFAULT (Wild Bunch) with David Oyelowo, Katherine Moennig and Stephen Lord; VAMPIRE (Sundance, Berlin, Hong Kong ‘11) with Kevin Zegers, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Rachael Leigh Cook; *A BAG OF HAMMERS (SXSW ’11) with Rebecca Hall, Jason Ritter and Amanda Seyfried; GIRLFRIEND (Toronto ’10, Gotham Audience Award Winner) with Jackson Rathbone, Shannon Woodward and Amanda Plummer; SUNSET STORIES (SXSW ’12) with Sung Kang and Monique Curnan; and the pilot RADICAL for Cynthia Mort (HBO’s TELL ME YOU LOVE ME, ROSEANNE and THE BRAVE ONE) with Lori Petty, Frances Fisher and Anita Briem. He is currently casting BURYING THE EX directed by Joe Dante (GREMLINS, THE BURBS, INNERSPACE). Projects prior to his independent career include THE CLOSER (Kyra Sedgwick); THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (Val Kilmer); SISTERS (Maria Bello); CRYSTAL (Billy Bob Thornton); and SECONDHAND LIONS (Robert Duvall).
*Brad was nominated for the 2012 Casting Society of America’s Artios Award for outstanding achievement in casting for A BAG OF HAMMERS.
“SOS” Song & Performed by Jun Elding
Jun Elding (formerly known as Little Viking and Jun Morioka) is a Japanese singer and songwriter based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her current solo career has resulted in three albums “We’re in a Small Flight”, “STHLM”, and “Home”, all produced by Ping Pong Musik in Sweden. Her intensive songwriting has also given us hits like “Future”, which appeared as the ending theme for Japanese animation “Kiddy Grade”. Prior to her move from Tokyo to Stockholm, Jun swept the Japanese music scene as the vocalist of celebrated Japanese bands Pton! and Gitane, as well as a music radio and TV host, and the singer of the theme songs of Japanese animation “Lassie”. Jun Elding has released 13 singles and 9 albums.