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Deep River (1995)

Fukai kawa (original title)
| Drama | March 1998 (USA)
Three Japanese pilgrims arrive in India. Miss Naruse is looking for Otsu, a Catholic priest, her lover ten years before; after time in France and Israel, he has come to Benares where he ... See full summary »

Director:

Kei Kumai

Writers:

Shûsaku Endô (novel), Kei Kumai
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kumiko Akiyoshi Kumiko Akiyoshi ... Mitsuko
Eiji Okuda Eiji Okuda ... Otsu
Hisashi Igawa ... Isobe
Kyôko Kagawa ... Isobe's wife
Toshirô Mifune ... Tsukada
Kin Sugai Kin Sugai ... Tsukada's wife
Yôichi Numata Yôichi Numata ... Kiguchi
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Enam
Hiroyuki Okita Hiroyuki Okita ... Sanjyo
Maki Shirai Maki Shirai ... Sanjyo's wife
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Three Japanese pilgrims arrive in India. Miss Naruse is looking for Otsu, a Catholic priest, her lover ten years before; after time in France and Israel, he has come to Benares where he carries the bodies of the poor to the crematorium. Her life is empty and, although Otsu was her lover only as a joke, she is now drawn to his spiritual nature. Mr. Isobe searches for a village child who may be the reincarnation of his dead wife. Mr. Yagusi comes to pray for the man who saved his life in World War II, a man haunted for 50 years by the means he used to save his comrade. Pantheism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity meet on the shores of the Ganges in these characters. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep River See more »

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France See more »

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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 68th Academy Awards in 1996. See more »

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an extraordinary film from Japan's greatest director, Kei Kumai
23 March 2002 | by Richard HobbySee all my reviews

Fukai Kawa is an extraordinary film by Japan's greatest director, Kei Kumai. The most intense and heartfelt emotions are presented in powerful images and with the wonderful music of Teizo Matsumura. I saw this film at its premiere at the Montreal Film Festival seven years ago, and it is still with me. Kumai is virtually unknown in the West and his films are not available. I have had the good fortune of seeing four of them. They are all imbued with a poetic vision that moves one to the very depths of the soul. I hope that this brilliant director will be recognized here and that his films will become available on DVD


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