Brimming with magical realism, sensuality, and humor, the final film by revered filmmaker Shohei Imamura is “an enlightening, even liberating, experience” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times) that tells the story of Yosuke Sasano, an unemployed salaryman who arrives in a remote fishing village following a rumor of hidden treasure. Instead, he meets Saeko Aizawa, 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).
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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