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Scene from UNDERWATER LOVE (photo © Chris Doyle/Rapid Eye Movies)

Asuka works in a lakeside fish factory. She is just about to be married to her boss. One day, she encounters a Kappa, a water creature living in the lake and learns that it is the reincarnation of Aoki, her first love.

What ensues is a zany spectacle of love, music and sex.

Shinji Imaoka was born in 1965 and took Screenwriting courses at the Asahi Culture Center while attending the Yokohama City University. He belongs to a new generatin of "pink film" directors known as the "Seven Lucky Gods". His films include: WAITING FOR THE COMET (1995), NIPPLES (1996), DEMEKING 1998), DESPITE ALL THAT (1999), GRASP (2000), ANOTHER MAN (2001), LUNCH BOX (2004), FROG SONG (2005), UNCLE'S PARADISE (2006), THE TENDER THROBBING TWILIGHT (2007), and UNDERWATER LOVE (2011).
Genre Comedy, Musical
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Shinji Imaoka
Screenplay Shinji Imaoka, Fumio Moriya
Cinematography Christopher Doyle
Cast Sawa Masaki, Yoshiro Umezawa, Ai Narita, Mutsuo Yoshioka
Producers Stephan Holl, Daisuke Asakura
Production Companies Rapid Eye Movies/Cologne, Kokuei Company/Tokyo
Length 87 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Tribeca 2011, Philadelphia 2011, Stockholm 2011, Golden Horse Taipei 2011, Tallinn Black Nights 2011

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