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Akai Hashi No Shita Noo Nurui Mizu (2002)

Akai Hashi No Shita Noo Nurui Mizu



Critic Consensus: A whimsically engaging sex comedy.

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Koji Yakusho -- who starred in Shoshi Imamura's Unagi, along with virtually every Japanese indie film of note in the late '90s -- stars as Yosuke, a former successful businessman who is now out of work and divorced. One of his few friends is Taro (Kazuo Kitamura), an aging hobo type who tells him of a golden Buddha he stole from a temple in Kyoto and stashed in his ramshackle house adjacent to a red bridge on the rugged Noto peninsula. After Taro dies, Yosuke ventures to the hinterland to see if he can find the priceless statue. He finds the house, which is inhabited by an old fortune teller (Imamura regular Mitsuko Baisho) and by her vivacious granddaughter Saeko (Misa Shimizu). He realizes that Saeko is unlike the other girls when he spies her swiping something from a local market, then observes water seeping out of her body. She later tells him that her body is a spring of water that wells up within her. The only means of relief is through theft or through sex. Soon the two are enthusiastically exchanging fluids, so much so that water blasts from Saeko's nether regions like a fire hose. As the water flows to the nearby creek, fish cluster around to cavort in its special properties. Yosuke decides to stick around, not only to service Saeko's special needs, but also to look for the Buddha. This film was screened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Motofumi Tomikawa, Daisuke Tengan, Shohei Imamura
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2003
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Koji Yakusho
as Yosuke Sasano
Misa Shimizu
as Saeko Aizawa
Mitsuko Baisho
as Mitsu Aizawa
Isao Natsuyagi
as Masayuki Uomi
Yukiya Kitamura
as Shintaro Uomi
Hijiri Kojima
as Miki Tagami
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Critic Reviews for Akai Hashi No Shita Noo Nurui Mizu

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (14)

There's much tongue in cheek in the film and there's no doubt the filmmaker is having fun with it all.

Full Review… | October 25, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Seeing it as a Westerner is an enlightening, even liberating, experience.

Full Review… | September 27, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Like its bizarre heroine, it irrigates our souls.

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A charming, quirky and leisurely paced Scottish comedy -- except with an outrageous central gimmick that could have been a reject from Monty Python's Meaning of Life.

Full Review… | September 6, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Imamura has said that Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is a poem to the enduring strengths of women. It may also be the best sex comedy about environmental pollution ever made.

Full Review… | July 18, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A deep and meaningful film.

June 28, 2002
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Akai Hashi No Shita Noo Nurui Mizu

A serious film about some quirky, off-beat, WTF subject matter. The less you know the better!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

This is perhaps one of the strangest Japanese movies that I have seen but it works nonetheless. The characters are well defined and the story line turns the unbelievable into the plausible.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Not the best Imamura,but it certainly takes a blow and vanquishes anyone who assumes it's just another "love story",spiced up with the delicate romance.Negative.As always that viciously talented Japanese master explains to us the simplicity in fantastic tendency for unreal.Unreal for the unimaginative ones.Yakusho is excellent in an unusual role as the man who meets his match: an orgasmic "gift".

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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