Sake Bomb! As you utter these two words, the first thing that comes to the mind of many, are Japanese. Sake bomb is seen as a type of Japanese drink, however the truth behind it, is that it has simply been stereotyped as being “Japanese.” Within America, there are quite a bit of misconceptions about Asians and Asian culture in general. Sake Bomb the movie tries to shine a light onto some of the misconceptions that many of have about Asian Americans.
The character Sebastian, in the movie is very open, and voices a lot of the hidden inner thoughts that many Asian Americans feels as they are hit everyday with stereotypes by the general American population. As director Junya Sakino said during the Q&A session of the 10/11/13 HIFF screening of the movie, many of the scenes involving Asian stereotyping were actual events that had happened to the director or writer.
Asian stereotypes happen everyday, and though we may not think about them consciously, they affect a lot of Asian people. Sakino does a really great job of bringing this is to light for audience members. He is able to show how although we think so little and put so little weight on these matters, it is often times so easy for us to shake off. However, the fact is that these stereotypes that many Americans have of Asian Americas are simply so off that they can sometimes ruin communication and understanding between individuals. Just like Sake bomb, Asian Americans are sometimes judged and placed into stereotypical categories according to surface looks.