Documentary Review: Yukiguni (2019) by Satoshi Watanabe

After the success of “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” back in 2011, it was about time someone shot a documentary about traditional Japanese bartending, and Satoshi Watanabe, a Yamagata native dealing with a local legend, 92-year-old bartender Keicihi Iyama, creator of the famous Yukiguni cocktail, seemed like the perfect choice to do just that. Let us see how he fared.

“Yukiguni” is available from Article Films

[From the film’s info] “The Yukiguni cocktail welcomes its 60th anniversary in the same year that the Heisei Era comes to an end. Since claiming first prize at the 1958 Kotobukiya (currently Suntory) Cocktail Competition, Yukiguni has become a favorite amongst bartenders all over Japan, with its continued consumption leading to a rightful spot as an industry standard. A bar critic once stated, “it’s the bar that makes the man”, and cocktail fans have flocked from all over the country to appreciate Keichi Iyama’s creation while listening to his
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