Warm Water Under A Red Bridge (2002)
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
- Drama , Romance , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
- Directed By:
- Shohei Imamura
- Written By:
- Motofumi Tomikawa , Daisuke Tengan , Shohei Imamura
- In Theaters:
- May 3, 2002 Limited
- On DVD:
- Jun 24, 2003
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Critic Reviews for Warm Water Under A Red Bridge
There's much tongue in cheek in the film and there's no doubt the filmmaker is having fun with it all.
Seeing it as a Westerner is an enlightening, even liberating, experience.
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.
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.
A deep and meaningful film.
This romantic fable, starring again the Eel's central couple, with strong meythical and sexual overtones, represents one of the Japanese master's lightest films.
A sweet and enthusiastic embrace of our biology and chemistry, and a delicious and salacious celebration of sexuality and individuality.
Imamura's embrace of the cental characters' peculiar habits, predilections and appetites is his delicious and salacious way of celebrating their sexuality and individuality.
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is a quirky and poignant Japanese film that explores the fascinating connections between women, water, nature, and sexuality.
Imamura's ability to tell a story is something to behold, even in this impossible one.
We never feel anything for these characters, and as a result the film is basically just a curiosity.
The characters are interesting and the relationship between Yosuke and Saeko is worth watching as it develops, but there's not enough to the story to fill two hours.
From blushing to gushing---Imamura squirts the screen in 'Warm Water Under a Red Bridge'
Yes, Warm Water is a shaggy-dog story, but one with a real heart beating beneath the sniggering.
Richly entertaining and suggestive of any number of metaphorical readings.
I suspect many viewers will be disoriented and put off by Warm Water Under a Red Bridge, but if you let go and enjoy the ride, you'll find a sly comedy and a clever poem that's worth cherishing.
Japanese director Shohei Imamura's latest film is an odd but ultimately satisfying blend of the sophomoric and the sublime.
A comedy that is warm, inviting, and surprising.
Audience Reviews for Warm Water Under A Red Bridge
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.More
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".More
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