Warm Water Under a Red Bridge

Directed by Shohei Imamura
Film Movement
119 Minutes
Comedy, Fantasy, Drama, Asian
Not Rated

A frustrated unemployed architect learns of a treasure hidden inside an old house near a red bridge in a remote fishing village. Upon arriving he encounters, among numerous colorful characters, a beautiful young woman with an "unusual" condition who lives with her grandmother in the old house. Be it chance or fate, the relationship that builds between them becomes both vital and volatile. Based on the novel by Japanese author Yo Henmi, Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is a delightfully sensuous romantic comedy with a flair for magical realism. One of only two directors in the history of the Cannes Film Festival to receive multiple Palme d'Or awards, Shohei Imamura has been entertaining international audiences with his unmistakable humor and distinct filmic style for over four decades.

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  • "An enlightening, even liberating, experience."
    Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Like its bizarre heroine, it irrigates our souls."
    Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
  • "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."
    Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
  • "A deep and meaningful film."
    Janice Page, Boston Globe
  • "Imamura's delight in the infinite oddity of men and women is goofy; it's also, at heart, reverent."
    Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
  • "Nonchalantly freaky and uncommonly pleasurable, Warm Water may well be the year's best and most unpredictable comedy."
    Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
  • "Charmingly bizarre slice of magic realism."
    Tom Dawson, BBC
  • "A tasty slice of droll whimsy."
    Gene Seymour, Newsday
  • "A delirious celebration of the female orgasm."
    Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
  • "A weird and wonderful comedy."
    Dave Kehr, Citysearch