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Warm Water Under a Red Bridge Review

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Yosuke is an unemployed ex-salaryman, struggling to support his estranged wife and child, who finds himself in the middle of a strange adventure after he follows a tale of hidden treasure.

★★★★★

Yosuke (Yakusho) is an unemployed ex-salaryman, struggling to support his estranged wife and child. Following a tale of hidden treasure, he travels to a remote village where he meets Saeko (Shimizu, star of Imamura’s Palme D’Or winner, The Eel), who is gifted/cursed with a mysterious condition. The two begin a passionate affair, which may result in the discovery of the true treasure of the Red Bridge.

This intriguing tale, strikingly photographed, blends a truly romantic story with moments of humour and tenderness. It is, however, uneven in pace and, at almost two hours, plods along too soporifically at times. Not his best film, but Warm Water is a delightfully simple and enigmatic entry into the great Imamura’s body of work.

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