Digital, Blu-ray, DVD Release: Warm Water Under a Red Bridge

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Available now
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.95
Studio: Film Movement

Brimming with magical realism, sensuality, and humor, the 2001 fantastical comedy-drama Warm Water Under a Red Bridge, the final film by revered filmmaker Shohei Imamura 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 in the most unexpected of places that’s both “nonchalantly freaky and uncommonly pleasurable” (Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice).


  • Messy and Juicy video essay by author and film curator Tom Vick
  • 16-page booklet with new essay by film scholar and writer Hwang Kyunmin

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.