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Warm Water Under a Red Bridge [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Kôji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baishô, Mansaku Fuwa, Isao Natsuyagi
  • Directors: Shôhei Imamura
  • Writers: Shôhei Imamura, Daisuke Tengan, Motofumi Tomikawa, Yo Henmi
  • Producers: Koji Matsuda, Masaya Nakamura
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000094J5Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,482 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
I first saw this film on BBC4, and I've been looking for it on DVD ever since. You might think that the cultural difference between the West and the Asian nations means that Japanese film-makers can't produce an erotic movie, but you couldn't be further from the truth. This film is definitely erotic, but not in the blatant, gratuitous way that we've come to expect and loathe from Hollywood producers. It also has a comic element that makes you smile rather laugh out loud. The acting is superb and the locations genuine, giving the film a pleasant cultural feel. I sincerely hope that the East continue to make films of this calibre and never stoop to the low levels of so-called cinematic entertainment of western film-makers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyeuse VINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is certainly a film which needs several viewings - as with anything subtitled it doesn't come off the screen as a film does where one is a fluent speaker of the characters' language. It becomes increasingly funny and endearing each time I see it. This last time I realised that it's a Japanese take on the plot of "The History of Mr Polly" - a man disillusioned with his life unintentionally escapes to a backwater and finds unlooked for happiness and a treasure very different from that he thought he was seeking. It's also laced with sight gags you don't notice at first - such as his repeated overtaking of the trainee marathon runner as he rushes back from work in answer the signals of his delightfully needy girlfriend.

It isn't erotic, it's loving and passionate and gentle and every time I view it it becomes less odd and more about the fundamental joys of being alive and encountering the oddities of the people you meet.

Do give it a chance to sink in - it's one you will find yourself smiling over long after watching.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Japan fan on 11 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
This is a film about life, it does have some erotic moments, but it not just about erotism, if you watched it just for that element I suspect you would be dissapointed. The sex scenes are emotionally charged but at the same time quite funny in a very charming way. It sometimes has the subtleties of an arthouse French film and touched on things totally unexpected from a Japanese film -such as the main characters failure in his work, marriage and general success in life, polar opposites to the typical Japanese achievment ethic, this shows a different side of the Japanese character, one that is perhaps born of the strange world of recession the Japanese have recently found themselves in.

The tramp - the main characters friend and confidant - is a wonderful sage character and has some terrific observations on what is the mad world we all find ourselves living in. He sends our hero on a search for hidden treasure, and he finds a girl, a girl with a very odd problem of the H2O variety this is where the kinky sex comes in, which at times is absolutely hilarious. He comes to her in search of treasure an almost mythical golden Buddha hidden in the house by the red bridge, he doesn't find the Buddha but much much more.

This is a feel good film, but not in a cheap obvious way, watch it and learn something about life and terrific film making.
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What a strange film, but it lingered in our memories long after we finished watching it. I recommend that you enjoy it, too and let us know what you think.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By m j bird on 4 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A beautifully made film with a sense of humour and erotism! A real tonic to the volience and horror of most Japanese films.
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