Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura’s final film, Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001), will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally May 23 from Film Movement.
Brimming with magical realism, sensuality and humor, the Palme d’Or-nominated classic tells the story of Yosuke Sasano (Koji Yakusho), an unemployed salaryman who arrives in a remote fishing village following a rumor of hidden treasure. Instead, he meets Saeko Aizawa (Misa Shimizu), a charming and unusual woman with a unique problem: a well of warm water inside her longing for release. Saeko faces both shame and adoration for her condition, which the local anglers believe feeds the river and its fish. Intrigued and enamored, Yosuke decides to take up a new life as a fisherman. Through their passionate affair, Imamura paints a picture of longing, fantasy, and the search for true happiness.
Bonus features include the “Messy and Juicy” video essay by author and film curator Tom Vick and a 16-page booklet with a new essay by film scholar and writer Hwang Kyunmin.