Vertigo Releasing have released the International (UK) Trailer for Minamata starring Johnny Depp. Watch Depp star as one of the most revered photojournalists W.Eugene Smith uncover the truth. The truth about the mercury poisoning that killed many people from the Japanese coastal town of Minamata. All thanks to the dumping by dumping toxic chemicals by a local chemical plant, Smith’s documentation of the local unearthed the scandal.
Fans of the actor having been waiting a long time for him to star in a critically appraised film. It’s been a while and the film made it’s world premiere earlier this year at Berlin Film Festival, suggest this could be the film fans have been waiting. Most of all Depp playing an iconic photojournalist whose story is important part of this story as much as the impact photojournalism.
New York, 1971. Following his celebrated days as one of the most revered photojournalists of World War II, W. Eugene Smith (Johnny Depp) has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But a secret commission from Life magazine editor Robert Hayes (Bill Nighy) sends him to the Japanese coastal city of Minamata, which has been ravaged by mercury poisoning; the result of decades of gross industrial negligence by the country’s Chisso Corporation.
There, Smith immerses himself in the community, documenting their efforts to live with Minamata Disease and their passionate campaign to achieve recognition from Chisso and the Japanese government. Armed with only his trusted camera, Smith’s images from the toxic village give the disaster a heartbreaking human dimension, and his initial assignment turns into a life-changing experience.
The film also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Minami, Jun Kunimura, Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano, Bill Nighy and Katherine Jenkins.
Minamata will be released in the UK and Ireland on 12th February 2021.