Undulant Fever

  • 118'
  • Japan
  • 2014
Sensitive and nostalgic film based on an erotic novel by the writer Nakazawa Kei. Nakazawa wrote When I Sense the Sea when she was only 18 years old. The book dates from 1978 and the setting for the film also exudes the atmosphere of that era.
The story is about the unrequited and passionate love of the female student Emiko for the senior student Hiroshi. Emiko is in love with Hiroshi, but he is only interested in sex. Emiko originally gives herself as a slave to Hiroshi, but years later, the roles are reversed.
Undulant Fever was obviously made by an experienced filmmaker. Ando Hiroshi started making films when he was studying and, like many Japanese filmmakers, he also became practiced with what are known as pink pictures (narrative porn films). This latter experience was very useful to him in the case of this film, because it isn’t only a love film, but also a film about sex - and includes the necessary sex scenes.
Director
Ando Hiroshi
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2015
Length
118'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Umi o kanjiru toki
Language
Japanese
Producers
Narita Naoya, Yoichiro Onishi
Production Company
Phantom Film
Sales
ColorBird
Screenplay
Haruhiko Arai, Nakazawa Kei
Cinematography
Kazuhiro Suzuki
Editor
Tomoko Hiruta
Production Design
Shinpei Inoue, Kentaro Kosaka
Sound Design
Nobuyuki Kikuchi
Cast
Kumi Nakamura, Yui Ichikawa