Warm Water under a Red Bridge

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De l'eau tiède sous un pont rouge

Warm Water under a Red Bridge
(Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu)

by Shohei Imamura



De l'eau tiède sous un pont rouge

Director: Shohei Imamura

Script: Shohei Imamura, Motofumi Tomikawa, Daisuke Tengan adapted from Henmi Yo's novel

Cineamtographer: Shigeru Komatsubara

Music: Shinichiro Ikebe

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baisho, Mansaku Fuwa, Kazuo Kitamura

Production: Imamura Productions, Nikkatsu Corp.

Pyramide Distribution
5 rue du Chevalier de St George
75008 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033
Mail: programmation@pyramidefilms.com

Year: 2001

35 mm, Colour, 119 min, 
OV Japanese with French Subtitles

Yosuke is separated from his wife and son, and he becomes jobless. His old friend Taro, a tramp living on the river banks of Tokyo, told him he has hidden a gold Buddha stolen from a temple years before. It is in a house close to a red bridge, by the Sea of Japan. Taro requests him to collect it back. As a counterpart of the narration of his journey, he will offer him the Buddha. Taro suddenly dies. Intrigued by Taro's story and faithful to his promise, Yosuke decides to leave for Noto Peninsula. He recognises the “house under the red bridge” and sees a young woman coming out of it, the beautiful Saeko.

“What mainly interested me in this story is the special way of looking at female sexuality.” S. Imamura

A libertine, moving, funny, refreshing and simply human fable.

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