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Underwater Love (2011)

Onna no kappa (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 27 October 2011 (Germany)
Asuka, 35-year-old woman working at a fish factory and engaged to her boss Hajime Taki. In all her life, as she seems nice and peaceful, until one day while walking around the lake, it does... See full summary »

Director:

Shinji Imaoka

Writers:

Shinji Imaoka (screenplay), Fumio Moriya (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sawa Masaki Sawa Masaki ... Asuka Kawaguchi
Yoshirô Umezawa Yoshirô Umezawa ... Tetsuya Aoki
Ai Narita Ai Narita ... Reiko Shima
Mutsuo Yoshioka Mutsuo Yoshioka ... Hajime Taki
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fumio Moriya Fumio Moriya
Emi Nishimura Emi Nishimura
Hiroshi Satô Hiroshi Satô
Yutaka Ônishi Yutaka Ônishi
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Storyline

Asuka, 35-year-old woman working at a fish factory and engaged to her boss Hajime Taki. In all her life, as she seems nice and peaceful, until one day while walking around the lake, it does not occur with the mythological creature is a hybrid of human and fish. This marsh inhabitants Asuka learns his long-drowned in a swamp classmate. Despite the fact that drowning guy like reborn as a fish, he still loves Asuka, and ready at any cost to achieve its location.

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The soundtrack is constructed around the song "Du bist gut zu Vogeln", from Stero Total's 2010 album "Baby Ouh!". There is a Japanese version of that title and several variations, along with new songs from the German group. See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Outstanding Production
28 October 2012 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

I thought this was an unusual movie when I saw many western names mixed with Japanese names on the initial credit. The movie itself is even more unusual in that it features a kappa, nudity, and some dancing to music by the kappa. Kappa is like the Japanese version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, but it has long history in Japanese folklore, and there's even speculation that it was an interpretation by the ancient Japanese eye witness of an alien visitation. Kappa appears in other movies such as Great Yokai Wars, and is a popular character in Japanese psyche.

The movie is sort of a love story. Kappa in question is a rebirth of Chage's old school mate that died from drowning. It seems that he came back to save Chage from certain death that is going to happen in few days.

In some ways, this movie is a study in effective movie making. For such a low budget (100k) movie, it holds up to movies that were created with more financial resources. But still, how the creators from Germany, and Japan came together to create this movie is bit of a mystery.

Kind of a cool project movie. It's done with outstanding skillfulness considering the resource, and time that went into its shooting (6 days).

I'm looking forward to see more movies from the producers of this movie.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan | Germany

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

27 October 2011 (Germany) See more »

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Underwater Love See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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