Warm Water Under a Red Bridge

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Warm Water Under a Red Bridge
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Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
Directed by Shōhei Imamura
Produced by Masaya Nakamura
Written by Yo Henmi (novel)
Shōhei Imamura
Daisuke Tengan
Motofumi Tomikawa (screenplay)
Starring Kōji Yakusho
Misa Shimizu
Mitsuko Baisho
Mansaku Fuwa
Isao Natsuyagi
Yukiya Kitamura
Hijiri Kojima
Music by Shin’ichirō Ikebe
Cinematography Shigeru Komatsubara
Edited by Hajime Okayasu
Distributed by Nikkatsu Corporation
Release date
November 3, 2001 (Japan)
Running time
122 min. (Argentina), 119 min. (France)
Language Japanese

Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (赤い橋の下のぬるい水, Akai Hashi no Shita no Nurui Mizu) is a 2001 Japanese film by director Shōhei Imamura. This was Imamura's last feature film. It was entered into the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Warm Water Under A Red Bridge focuses on the troubles of a Japanese "everyman" who finds a new life with an unusual woman in a small fishing village. Imamura's last film contains considerable commentary on the search for happiness.

This romantic comedy tells the story of a salaryman who has been laid off from his job at an architectural firm in Tokyo and is undergoing marital difficulties. When his old friend dies, he travels to the small fishing town of Himi, Toyama to find a treasure that the old man had hidden in a house there decades before. He does not find what he expects, but takes a job with local fishermen and becomes romantically involved with a woman with an exaggerated proclivity towards female ejaculation.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Warm Water Under a Red Bridge". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 

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