Fortissimo takes world rights except Japan for Mirai Konishi’s feature documentary Kampai! For The Love Of Sake.
Fortissimo will start pre-sales at AFM for the film, which is currently in production. Early footage will be shown to buyers.
The English and Japanese-language film delves into the fascinating world of the Japanese liquor — as seen through the eyes of three unique outsiders who devote their lives to becoming sake experts. They are a sake brewer, a sake journalist and the young president of a century-old sake brewery.
The film is produced by Konishi’s L.A. based Wagamama Media LLC, along with LA based producer, Chiaki Yanagimoto (Samurai Avenger).
The film is executive produced by Nao Komai and SYNCA Creations CEO, Soojun Bae and will be presented In Association with Fortissimo Films.
The deal was strucky by Fortissimo chairman Michael J Werner and Yanagimoto.
Werner and Fortissimo MD Nelleke Driessen will take executive producer credits on the film.
The acquisition builds on Fortissimo’s past success with food-related docuementaries including Super Size Me, Food Inc. and Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
Werner said, “We are very excited about Mirai’s take on the universe of sake, which is little known or understood outside a small circle of experts.
“Yet worldwide when we are at a Japanese restaurant, we are confronted with the dual dilemmas of choosing - house sake or bottled sake from a long list with various sweetness levels and prices; and then hot or cold?
“With Kampai! For The Love Of Sake we believe that we have another food related feature film with global commercial and festival award potential.”