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Warm Water Under A Red Bridge

Warm Water Under A Red Bridge (2002)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

A whimsically engaging sex comedy.



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In 1998, Japanese auteur Shohei Imamura announced his retirement with his wild and wooly war drama Kanzo Sensei. His announcement clearly proved to be premature, as exhibited by this bizarre romantic drama about the power of really good sex, based on a book by Henmi Yo. Koji Yakusho -- who starred in Imamura's Unagi along with virtually every Japanese indie film of note in the late '90s -- is Yosuke, a once successful marketing exec for an architecture film who is now out of work and separated

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (9) | DVD (11)

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

October 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Seeing it as a Westerner is an enlightening, even liberating, experience.

September 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Like its bizarre heroine, it irrigates our souls.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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.

September 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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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.

July 18, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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A deep and meaningful film.

June 28, 2002
Boston Globe
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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.

October 31, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A sweet and enthusiastic embrace of our biology and chemistry, and a delicious and salacious celebration of sexuality and individuality.

July 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Imamura's embrace of the cental characters' peculiar habits, predilections and appetites is his delicious and salacious way of celebrating their sexuality and individuality.

June 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinemania

The relentless magical whimsy grows wearying.

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source:

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is a quirky and poignant Japanese film that explores the fascinating connections between women, water, nature, and sexuality.

June 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Imamura's ability to tell a story is something to behold, even in this impossible one.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

We never feel anything for these characters, and as a result the film is basically just a curiosity.

December 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

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.

December 13, 2002 Full Review Source:

From blushing to gushing---Imamura squirts the screen in 'Warm Water Under a Red Bridge'

July 23, 2002 Full Review
Pasadena Weekly

Yes, Warm Water is a shaggy-dog story, but one with a real heart beating beneath the sniggering.

July 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Richly entertaining and suggestive of any number of metaphorical readings.

July 18, 2002
New Times

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.

July 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Japanese director Shohei Imamura's latest film is an odd but ultimately satisfying blend of the sophomoric and the sublime.

July 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

A comedy that is warm, inviting, and surprising.

June 15, 2002

Audience Reviews for Warm Water Under A Red Bridge

A serious film about some quirky, off-beat, WTF subject matter. The less you know the better!
May 22, 2010
Randy Tippy

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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.
October 2, 2013
John Ballantine

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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".
September 29, 2008
Dimitris Springer

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  • Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu) (DE)
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