Underwater Love
Onna no Kappa
Japan, 2011, 87 minutes, SD
Underwater Love Synopsis

Directed by pink-film veteran Shinji IMAOKA (Lunch Box, Frog Song), shot by Christopher Doyle – the famed cinematographer behind Hero and countless films by Wong Kar Wai – and with music by Germany’s Stereo Total, UNDERWATER LOVE – A PINK MUSICAL promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.


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.




RATING - 18


Contains strong sex.

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Reviewed by edwinjamescalin
This is a true-blue pink film, coming from no less than Imaoka, touted as one of the "seven lucky gods of pink", a group of Japanese filmmakers who specializes in... more
This is a true-blue pink film, coming from no less than Imaoka, touted as one of the "seven lucky gods of pink", a group of Japanese filmmakers who specializes in soft-porn films. But the sex scenes surprisingly came out as tastefully done, comedic even, an example would be that  sort of rite-of-passage scene for the kappa Aoki with Asuka's co-worker, portrayed by Ai Narita. So goes with the couple of sex scenes between Asuka and fiancee and finally that of Asuka and Aoki's affirmation of their love. Very peculiar how a sexual intercourse can be done to bring back a kappa to life again, this is uniquely Imaoka, in the truest sense of the word. Acting performances  very commendable, Asuka is hilarious in a pornographic way and yes, Ai Narita, she's a pink goddess alright, viewers were genuinely amused with her very elated face upon seeing a kappa's manhood face to face. Do check out this Imaoka masterpiece especially if you're into Japanese pink films with dancing and singing on the side. 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
A comedic-fantasy film that has a serious message to tell. This is how I perceive this Imaoka masterpiece made more visually engaging with the genius work  of renowned cinematographer Christopher... more
A comedic-fantasy film that has a serious message to tell. This is how I perceive this Imaoka masterpiece made more visually engaging with the genius work  of renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle who's known for Days of Being Wild and other Wong Kar Wai movies. The film centers on the kappa and human woman love story cum love triangle (Asuka is engaged to her boss) but  sadly there's no happy ending for the two. The Imaoka brand of storytelling is very imminent, him being known to depict characters trapped in a rut, this very much is evident in the characters of Asuka and the kappa Aoki, secretly longing for something that they just can't have, in this case, their deep and passionate love for each other, which, although given fruition by that final love scene dissolves just as quickly into a cloud of smoke, just as Aoki did. Erotic, in fact, highly erotic but the underlying message of love, devotion and even hope will move viewers. This is a must-watch!    
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Reviewed by sharonmae
This film appealed to me because of the music, singing and dancing, never mind if there were soft-porn sex scenes during its entirety. The melody reminds me a bit of... more
This film appealed to me because of the music, singing and dancing, never mind if there were soft-porn sex scenes during its entirety. The melody reminds me a bit of nursery songs, but the lyrics seem to have double meanings. The electro pop fusion music is pleasant to the ears and the dance numbers in the fish factory and that with the kappa elders were my top favorites, in fact, I was impressed with the song arrangement on the sing and dance number with the kappa elders, with chirping and meowing sounds incorporated quite harmoniously to the melody.  And the dance steps, my, how they remind me of zumba steps and dance steps of mascots!  This is one film that is  peculiar, unique yet also heartwarming. Imaoka is really a master of porn infused with the wholesome musical style! 
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