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.
| Original Score: B
A sweet and enthusiastic embrace of our biology and chemistry, and a delicious and salacious celebration of sexuality and individuality.
| Original Score: 82/100
Imamura's embrace of the cental characters' peculiar habits, predilections and appetites is his delicious and salacious way of celebrating their sexuality and individuality.
The relentless magical whimsy grows wearying.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: B+
We never feel anything for these characters, and as a result the film is basically just a curiosity.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
There's much tongue in cheek in the film and there's no doubt the filmmaker is having fun with it all.
| Original Score: 3/4
Seeing it as a Westerner is an enlightening, even liberating, experience.
Like its bizarre heroine, it irrigates our souls.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Japanese director Shohei Imamura's latest film is an odd but ultimately satisfying blend of the sophomoric and the sublime.
A deep and meaningful film.
| Original Score: 3/4
A comedy that is warm, inviting, and surprising.