Hanway Films


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Andrew Levitas

David K. Kessler


Gabrielle Tana
Johnny Depp
Andrew Levitas
Sam Sarkar

Johnny Depp
Bill Nighy
Hiroyuki Sanada
Tadanobu Asano
Ryo Kase
Jun Kunimura

Three-time Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp plays celebrated war photographer W. Eugene Smith in a real life David vs Goliath story, pitting Smith against a powerful corporation responsible for poisoning the people of Minamata - Japan in 1971.

With the glory days of World War II far behind him Smith has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But an old friend and a commission from “Life Magazine” editor Ralph Graves convince 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 Nikon camera, Smith must find the images that will bring this story to the World. At first, no one wants to help him and his enemies wish him dead, a new threat at every corner. But to finally stop hiding behind the lens and earn this broken community’s trust may prove to be Smith’s greatest challenge.

MINAMATA is an extremely moving redemptive story of how one man's powerful photograph impacted the world to take action; yet in order to find it he had to open his heart.