The Birth of Saké ★★★½

One one hand, this is a blatant feature-length advert for a sake brewery (and one that works; I wouldn’t mind a bottle). On the other, it’s a tender portrait of a vocation, reflecting contemporary Japanese themes of traditional ways and how they fit with the rapidly modernising world. It’s also impeccably composed, if a little too slick at times — almost like a drink that goes down too easy, losing some of its character down the hatch.