Warm Water Under a Red Bridge

WARM WATER UNDER A RED BRIDGE. 2002

Director: Shohei Imamura

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl



A salary man dissatisfied with life visits a small village after losing his job, & meets a woman who exudes copious amounts of water when she has sex. Each time she becomes saturated, she must have sex to relieve the water pressure from every part of her body.

How the characters cope individually with this woman's strange affliction is the heart of the film, but there is an underlying mystic quality, as though the woman's waters are healing & life-affirming like the oceans that embrace Japan itself.

This would be a flawless film if only the ending had had anything resembling a climactic feel; it was a great idea that had nowhere to go, so it ran its length then just ended.

But overall Warm Water Under a Red Bridge was a film full of beauty, with just enough strangeness to qualify as fantasy, though its greatest strength is in character.

copyright by Paghat the Ratgirl



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