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First Look: Johnny Depp Investigates The Minimata Disease In Film Minamata

Metalwork Pictures has released an official first look at their upcoming film Minamata, which stars none other than Johnny Depp as war photographer W. Eugene Smith. The movie is being described as a “redemptive thriller” which follow Smith moving against a corporation — a corporation responsible for the poisoning of the people in Minamata in Japan. You can check out the first image for the film above.

The film is based on a true story, and chronicles the tragedy that is the Minamata disease, which is essentially mercury poisoning that resulted in epilepsy-like symptoms, where patients would convulse uncontrollably. In college, I had actually studied this particular tragedy, and read up on the awful effect it had on its victims. You can check out a video on the subject below:

Below is the official synopsis for Minamata:

“With the glory days of World War II far behind him W. Eugene Smith (Depp) has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But an old friend and a commission from “Life Magazine” editor (Nighy) convinces him to journey back to Japan to expose a big story: the devastating annihilation of a coastal community, victims of corporate greed and complicit local police and government. Armed with only his trusted camera, Smith must gain the trust of this struggling community and find the images that will bring the story to the World. The victims’ case against the corporation responsible for this environmental disaster represents one of the biggest payouts of all time, with present day sufferers of Minamata disease still in court today seeking compensation. Production has spent time in Minamata meeting some of the victims and their families and the film is being made with their support.”

Minamata is directed by Andrew Levitas and is based on the book by Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith. It has been adapted for the screen by David K. Kessler, and stars Johnny Depp, Bill Nighy, Minami, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Ryo Kase, and Jun Kunimura.

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