Minamata (film)

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Directed byAndrew Levitas
Produced by
Screenplay byDavid Kessler
Based on
StarringJohnny Depp
Bill Nighy
Minami Hinase
Hiroyuki Sanada
Tadanobu Asano
Ryo Kase
Jun Kunimura
CinematographyBenoît Delhomme
Infinite Nihil
Metalwork Pictures

Minamata is an upcoming drama film directed by Andrew Levitas, based on the book Minamata by Aileen Mioko Smith and Eugene Smith and starring Johnny Depp.


War photographer W. Eugene Smith travels back to Japan where he documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in coastal communities.



On October 23, 2018, it was announced that Johnny Depp would star in the drama film as the photojournalist Eugene Smith and that the film will be directed by Andrew Levitas.[1]

Filming began in January 2019, with Bill Nighy, Minami Hinase, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Ryo Kase and Jun Kunimura added to the cast. Filming will take place in Japan, Serbia and Montenegro.[2]


  1. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (October 23, 2018). "Johnny Depp To Star As Photojournalist W. Eugene Smith In Thriller 'Minamata', HanWay To Launch Sales — AFM". Deadline. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  2. ^ First Look At Johnny Depp As Photographer W. Eugene Smith In ‘Minamata’; Bill Nighy Joins Cast

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