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WARM WATER UNDER A RED BRIDGE

Japan, 2000 (MIFF 2001, Regional Focus)

Director: Shohei Imamura

Warm Water Under A Red Bridge is the story of a recently unemployed man in his forties, whose wife has just left him On the advice of an old tramp, he travels to a faraway village, to a certain house, from where no one can see a red bridge In this house is a vase containing a golden Buddha, stolen from a temple in Kyoto by the old tramp. The man does not find the vase, but meets a woman who lives in the house. This woman has the power to make flowers bloom out of season, to attract fish by the water she secretes when she experiences physical pleasure, the man who 'bathes' in such water will rediscover his vitality. Direct from Official Competition, Cannes 2001

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