Japanese Classic ‘Warm Water Under a Red Bridge’ Due on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital May 23 From Film Movement

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.

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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.

 

Italian Drama ‘The King of Laughter’ Due on Digital and DVD Feb. 14

The Italian drama The King of Laughter will be released on digital and DVD Feb. 14 from Film Movement.

The film is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Belle Époque Naples, where theaters and the cinema were thriving and the great comic actor Eduardo Scarpetta was the box office king. Known in the Neapolitan theater for his cheeky alter egos, Scarpetta’s larger-than-life stage productions were matched only by his eccentric personal life. Composed of wives, partners, lovers, legitimate and illegitimate children (including a young Eduardo De Filippo, famed Neapolitan playwright), Scarpetta’s home situation resembled one of his comedies more than a traditional family. In 1904, at the height of his popularity, the comedian risked everything by staging a parody of the great Italian poet, Gabriele D’Annunzio. Booed and hissed from the stage by younger rivals, Scarpetta was sued for plagiarism, leading to the first ever copyright lawsuit in Italy. Despite the draining years of legal troubles and familial strife, Scarpetta fought not only for his craft but for his legacy as one of the great thespians of Italian theater.

The film was nominated for 26 international awards, including the 2021 Venice Golden Lion for Best Film, and captured 14, including the Best Actor Award for Toni Servillo at Venice and Best Costume Design at Italy’s 2022 David di Donatello Awards, as well as Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography and Best Film at the 2021 Golden Ciak Awards.

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Bonuses include the short film La Smorfia directed by Emanuele Palamara. It follows Carmine, a popular Neapolitan singer, who is left disfigured and confined to a wheelchair after a tragic accident. He longs to return to the stage, but when his doting sister stands in the way he devises a treacherous plan.

 

‘Le Choc Du Futur’ Coming to DVD Nov. 10 From MVD

Cleopatra Entertainment and MVD Entertainment Group will release the electronic music drama Le Choc Du Futur (The Shock of the Future) Nov. 10.

The film, which premiered at the 2020 SXSW Film Festival, takes place in the Paris of 1978, when old formulas do not charm listeners anymore, creating the need for new music to arise in its place. In an extremely male-dominated industry, Ana (Alma Jodorowsky) uses her electronic gadgets to make herself heard, creating a new sound that will mark the decades to come: the music of the future.

The DVD release also includes an exclusive interview with director Marc Collin, a slide show and other bonus features.

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