The movie, directed by Andrew Levitas, contains a real story of an environmental disaster that occurred in the small Japanese city Minamata. In the 1970s there was an active emission of mercury waste from the local factory directly into the sea where local residents fished. After that, some kind of disease began to spread in the city mutating a person's genes and making them disabled for their whole life.
To somehow help human beings, suffering from such cruelty of the factory owners, one young Japanese woman went to the United States to find so – called Eugene Smith. Who was he? Actually, just an alcoholic who used to be the best photographer for the newspaper Life, but then lost touch with his children and got drunk constantly. After a quick acquaintance and a short thought, the main character and the woman fly to Minamata to prepare some photo material about this horrible situation in the city and to tell the whole world about it.
The role of the main character was given to Johnny Depp who did a great job. He was so deeply immersed in it that it was impossible to believe the same man had once played Jack Sparrow or Willy Wonka. Following the way of thinking of Eugene Smith, you begin to see that each photo made by the main character contains a part not only of the soul of a person being photographed, but also of the photographer himself.