Warm Water under a Red Bridge

Film/Video

Warm Water under a Red Bridge

Warm Water under a Red Bridge

Shohei Imamura, 2001

Contemporary Screen

Films fresh from the international film festival circuit, area premieres, award winners, and recent audience favorites.... You'll find films you won't see anywhere else in central Ohio on the Contemporary Screen schedule.

Fri, Oct 4, 2002 7 PM
Sat, Oct 5, 2002 7 PM

Warm Water under a Red Bridge is the latest film--and one of the most outrageous--by Cannes award-winner Shohei Imamura (The Eel, Dr. Akagi).

Warm Water under a Red Bridge is a charmingly bizarre slice of magical realism about a middle-aged Tokyo man who travels to a small town to snare a buried statue of Buddha. Instead, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful young woman whose body happens to gush gallons of water when she makes love--so much that she's personally responsible for replenishing the local river and keeping gardens green.

An endearing look at provincial eccentricity, as well as an over-the-top celebration of the female orgasm, Imamura's film contributes to his career-long quest to question the nature and function of gender, often outside the boundaries of what's considered "politically correct." (119 mins.)

Screening first is Pharmacy (2001; 4 mins.), directed by Cleveland's Bruce Checefsky. It's a remake of a lost experimental film made in 1930 by Polish filmmakers Franciszka and Stefan Themerson.

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