A heartwarming tale of two old friends, on a journey to rediscover their
friendship, life and themselves.
Michio (Fumio Kohinata) a struggling, middleaged scriptwriter, who returns to
the US to attend the wedding of his best friend. Daisuke (Katsuhisa Namase), who
stayed in the California after college, had a brief stint of fame as Captain Ninja, a
childrens action hero now manages a restaurant
Together, they venture out on a weeklong road trip, ending up in the Napa
Valley, where they serendipitously meet up with an old heart throb Mayuko
(Kyoka Suzuki), whom Michio tutored during his exchange student days 20 years
past, and her free spirited friend Mina (Rinko Kikuchi) raised in America.
Michio under the impression that they were going wine tasting, soon discovers
that Daisuke has ulterior motives for this last hurrah as a bachelor. During this
brief detour from daily life, each on his own discovers what is truly important in
Filmed entirely on location in California with an allAmerican crew, we bring you
the Japanese reimagination of the 2005 Academy Awardwinning film of the
same title. Sideways is directed by born in Japan American, Cellin Gluck and
beautifully photographed by Garry Waller, Oscar nominated for his visual effects
work on Poltergeist II. Featuring a sound track composed and supervised by
Hawaiianborn ukulele artist Jake Shimabukuro, with such 1980s hits as Cyndi
Laupers Time After Time.
The New York Times calls Sideways one of the most intriguing of cross cultural
The coming of age movie for those past the point of no return.