They are, in a way, the absolute opposite of the Hollywood blockbuster.
Underwater Love was shot in 5½ days, one take only, Christopher Doyle's cinematography depicting quite elegantly the love triangle at the core of the film, and its environment, which features quite prominently, almost as another character. It is a Japanese (Kokuei Company ) and German (Rapid Eye Movies) co-production, featuring a score by the German band Stereo Total, a CD of it being included in the first 2,000 presses. In this sense, it is an attempt to rescue the genre from its decline in Japan and propel it to a world wide audience.
Yet, behind this light hearted comedy there is a certain nostalgic look at the endurance, and legacy, of our first love in our teenager years.
The sex? It is very tame indeed, purposely hilarious on places, certainly not on the same intense and obsessive level of Nagisa Ôshima's The Realm of the Senses (Ai no korîda), to say something. To some extent, Underwater Love also works as a parody of porn films.
Cinematography by Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Hero, Limits of Control)
Original Music by STEREO TOTAL
Japan/Germany/2011 / 87 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour / 35mm
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
- Anamorphic widescreen transfer with optional English subtitles
- 3 Interviews with Christopher Doyle
- Interview with director Shinji Imaoka
- ‘Pink Porcupines’ – Christopher Doyle’s behind the scenes shots
- Theatrical Trailer
- Special Limited Edition – First 2,000 pressed include Stereo Total soundtrack CD
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DVD RELEASE DATE: 21 November 2011