Warm Water Under A Red Bridge
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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 from his wife. One of his few friends is Taro (Kazuo Kitamura), an aging bum living under a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's much tongue in cheek in the film and there's no doubt the filmmaker is having fun with it all."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The relentless magical whimsy grows wearying."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"We never feel anything for these characters, and as a result the film is basically just a curiosity."
‑ Rich Cline, Film Threat
"Seeing it as a Westerner is an enlightening, even liberating, experience."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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 sweet and enthusiastic embrace of our biology and chemistry, and a delicious and salacious celebration of sexuality and individuality."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Warm Water Under a Red Bridge is a quirky and poignant Japanese film that explores the fascinating connections between women, water, nature, and sexuality."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Like its bizarre heroine, it irrigates our souls."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A deep and meaningful film."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Imamura's embrace of the cental characters' peculiar habits, predilections and appetites is his delicious and salacious way of celebrating their sexuality and individuality."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Imamura's ability to tell a story is something to behold, even in this impossible one."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"From blushing to gushing---Imamura squirts the screen in 'Warm Water Under a Red Bridge'"
‑ John Esther, Pasadena Weekly
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