Minamata is a 2020 drama film directed by Andrew Levitas, adapted from the book of the same name by Aileen Mioko Smith and Eugene Smith. Movie star Johnny Depp (also a producer) plays Smith, an American photographer who documented the impact of mercury poisoning on the citizens of Minamata, Kumamoto, Japan.


The film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 21, 2020. The film is scheduled to be released by Vertigo Releasing in the UK on February 12, 2021. It received different reviews from critics.


War photographer W. Eugene Smith returned to Japan to document the devastating consequences of mercury poisoning in coastal communities-water am disease.

On October 23, 2018, it was announced that Johnny Depp will star in a TV movie, taking the role of photojournalist Eugene Smith, the film will be directed by Andrew Levitas And directed. Filming began in January 2019, with actors Bill Nighy, Minami Hinase, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rase Kase and Jun Kunimura joining the cast. Filming took place in Japan, Serbia and Montenegro.


It will premiere globally at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 21, 2020. In October 2020, “Vertigo Released” won the distribution rights for the film in the UK and is scheduled to be released on February 12, 2021.


Directed by
Andrew Levitas

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Writing Credits
David Kessler
Andrew Levitas
Jason Forman
Stephen Deuters

Johnny Depp as W. Eugene Smith
Hiroyuki Sanada as Mitsuo Yamazaki
Bill Nighy as Robert Hayes
Tadanobu Asano as Tatsuo Matsumura
Katherine Jenkins as Millie
Minami as Aileen
Lily Robinson as Diandra
Jun Kunimura as Junichi Nojima
Ryô Kase as Ryo Kase
Akiko Iwase as Masako Matsumura

Masayoshi Haneda
Kenta Ogawa as Patient
Kotaro Suzuki as Central Pollution Board Member
Bomber Hurley Smith as Chris Lee
Tatsuya Tagawa as Executive
Yosuke Hosoi as Daiki
Tatsuya Hirano as Nojima Bodyguard#1
Koji Ono as Company Man
Shunsuke Okubo as Japanese Man (uncredited)
Ana Trkulja as Japanese Buddhist at the protest (uncredited)

Release Dates
Germany : 21 February 2020 (Berlin International Film Festival)
Bulgaria : 28 August 2020 (Love is Folly)
Portugal : 3 September 2020
Russia : 5 November 2020
UK : 12 February 2021
Turkey : 12 February 2021

Also Known As
(original title) : Minamata
Australia : Minamata
Brazil : Minamata
Canada (English title) : Minamata
Canada (French title) : Minamata
France : Minamata
Germany : Minamata
India (Hindi title) : Minamata
Italy : Minamata
Japan (Japanese title) : 水俣
Russia : Минамата
Spain : Minamata
UK : Minamata
USA : Minamata

Filming Locations
Belgrade, Serbia
Minamata, Japan
(Minamata is in the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan)

Music by
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Benoît Delhomme

Edited by
Nathan Nugent

Production Company
Infinitum Nihil
Metalwork Pictures
HanWay Films

Distributed by
Vertigo Releasing

Release date
February 21, 2020 (Berlinale)
February 12, 2021 (United Kingdom)

Running time
115 minutes

United States
United Kingdom


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