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War photographer W. Eugene Smith travels back to Japan where he documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in coastal communities.


  • Johnny Depp
  • Bill Nighy
  • Hiroyuki Sanada
  • Tadanobu Asano
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • Jun Kunimura
  • Lily Robinson
  • Minami
  • Ryô Kase
  • Masayoshi Haneda

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Feb 28, 2020

Director Andrew Levitas and his co-screenwriters dramatize a riveting story using a mass of groan-worthy genre clichés that ill-serve the truth they are trying to recreate.

Metacritic review by Deborah Young
Deborah Young
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 28, 2020

Altogether solemn in tone, the film is undeniably handsome, with DoP Benoît Delhomme steeping the Japanese landscape in melancholy atmospherics, but Minimata tends to over-aestheticise its material, not least in the too-elegant recreations of Smith’s black and white imagery.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily
Feb 28, 2020

Minamata is a forthright, heartfelt movie, an old-fashioned “issue picture” with a worthwhile story to tell about how communities can stand up to overweening corporations and how journalists dedicated to truthful news can help them.

Metacritic review by Peter Bradshaw
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian