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6 Ratings

Deep River

Fukai Kawa

Directed by Kei Kumai
Japan, 1995


Three Japanese tourists – a soldier, a divorced woman, and a salaryman – make a pilgrimage to the Ganges River in India, each in hopes of finding some spiritual release or meaning in life.

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Deep River Directed by Kei Kumai

Awards & Festivals

Montréal World Film Festival

1995 | Winner: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Hawaii International Film Festival

1997 | Winner: Best Narrative Feature (Audience Award)

Awards of the Japanese Academy

1996 | 4 nominations including: Best Actress

What are people saying?

  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Deep River

    Falls into the "nice try" category but fails for the same reasons the novel fails: the story of several wounded souls who travel to India to heal/find themselves has all the spiritual and intellectual depth of a self-help book. Endo was wrestling with the narrowness of Catholicism, coming to embrace the idea that all religions are different perspectives of God and truth. But both book and film are pretty schematic.

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