I’ve been a fan of Ito Hideaki for ages. So as such, Liquid caught my attention right off the bat. The theme is also quite interesting because it touches on the production of sake or brewery in Japan. I don’t drink (the most alcoholic I can drink is cider lol and just a tiny bit of wine, muscat for that matter because I can’t handle bitter stuffs and I don’t touch beer, at all), however I’m still curious of the process of how they make sake. I think this drama goes into the details quite well.
The drama is quite short with only 3 episodes so it won’t take much time to watch at all. Basically, Ito Hideaki plays the role of Sagara Shuichi whose family business is sake brewery at the outskirts of Kanazawa. Although he was working in Tokyo and never wanted to take over the family business, after both of his parents passed away, he decided to try and save the business as his banker job in Tokyo was in jeopardy as well. He is also in the process of divorcing and has a daughter.
Little did he know, the business wasn’t making much money either and so it wasn’t easy to build it up again, however, he persevered and used his banker experiences to gather some financial help, including from his former colleague. He came upon a famous local brewery master, Washio Yusaku, also known as the Devil or ‘oni’ by the villagers. Washio has just retired and wanted to focus on keeping his health in balance plus he’s getting old. However, after numerous attempts by Shuichi, Washio finally agreed to help make his sake with him.
So that’s where the journey began. They gathered some workers from different backgrounds, including a homeless. A bunch of misfits I’d say, and they had different purposes but in the end, it’s all for the success of the brewery. Along the way, Shuichi had to struggle with keeping the brewery financially stable and faced several challenges.
Overall, I loved this. The whole production is great, the background music too! Still trying to look for the OST. Acting-wise, everyone’s a pleasure to watch. That tension and chemistry between Ito Hideaki and Tsugawa Masahiko was pretty engaging. The steps in processing and controlling sake production was a real eye-opener. I didn’t know there’s so much going on and the time spent just to make sake. It’s interesting personally also because I’m studying Microbiology/Molecular Biology and fermentation with yeasts etc sounds just like home for me.