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Cold Fish [Blu-ray]

Mitsuru Fukikoshi , Tetsu Watanabe , Sion Sono    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tetsu Watanabe, Hikari Kajiwara, Megumi Kagurazaka, Denden
  • Directors: Sion Sono
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Third Window
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2011
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SXSRX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,284 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

From the director of the critically acclaimed 'Love Exposure', comes the newest masterpiece from Sion Sono Shamoto runs a small tropical fish shop. His second wife, Taeko, does not get along with his daughter, Mitsuko, and this worries him. One day Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a grocery store. There they meet a friendly man named Murata, who helps to settle things between Mitsuko and the store manager. Since Murata also runs a tropical fish shop, Shamoto establishes a bond with him and they become friends; Mitsuko even begins working for Murata and living at his house. What Shamoto doesn t know, however, is that Murata hides many dark secrets behind his friendly face. He sells cheap fish to his customers for high prices with his artful lies. If anyone detects his fraud or refuses to go along with his money-making schemes, they re murdered and their bodies disposed of by Murata and his wife in grisly ways. Shamoto is suddenly taken in by Murata s tactics, and by the time he realizes that Murata is insane, and a serial killer who has made over fifty people disappear, he is powerless to do anything about it. But now Mitsuko is a hostage at Murata s home, and Shamoto himself has become the killer s unwilling accomplice. Cruel murders gradually cripple his mind and finally the ordinary man is being driven to the edge of the abyss.

  • High definition 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 Sound
  • Removable English subtitles
  • Exclusive interview with reporter Jake Adelstein on the 'Saitama Dog Lovers Serial Murders', the inspiration behind the films
  • 2 Exclusive interviews with 'Cold Fish' scriptwriter Yoshiki Takahashi on the creation of both the film and original artwork
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Trailers of other Third Window releases
  • Product Description

    United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: Italian ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Italian ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A deliciously warped wallow in misogyny, depravity and dead-eyed manipulation, 'Cold Fish" charts the twisted alliance of two tropical-fish salesmen with baleful glee. A brilliantly edited shopping-and-cooking sequence introduces us to Taeko (Megumi Kagurazaka), the deeply unhappy second wife of Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) and the stepmother to his hateful daughter, Mitsuko (Hikari Kajiwara). A spineless doormat, Shamoto is flattered by the unexpected attentions of Murata (Denden), the voluble owner of a magnificent fish emporium. In short order, Murata has bedded Taeko and all but adopted Mitsuko; he has also made Shamoto an unwilling accomplice to his psychopathic killing sprees. Directed by the Japanese provocateur Sion Sono, 'Cold Fish" gradually evolves from a small domestic drama into a symphony of mauled breasts, marital rape and mutilated corpses. ...Cold Fish (2010) ( Tsumetai nettaigyo ) (Blu-Ray)

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal, disturbing, raw filmaking. 10 July 2011
    By IMP
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Great movie based on a true story. Fantastic performances throughout, and great direction from Shion Sono. However be warned, this film is very brutal and disturbing in places and doesn't hold back with some of its violent scenes, especially against women.

    The Blu-Ray picture is mostly decent, but does suffer during the night sequences.

    Overall I recommend this movie - it is powerful, raw filmaking at its best.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Blood runs Cold. 15 Mar 2012
    Format:DVD
    Based loosely upon a real life incident involving dog breeders in Saitama Prefecture, Cold Fish instead switches its focus to tropical fish sellers, following the meek and useless family man Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), who runs a small shop whilst trying, and generally failing, to maintain his relationships with his second wife Taeko (Megumi Kagurazaka) and teenage daughter Mitsuko (Hikari Kajiwara). A chance encounter introduces him to fellow fish retailer Murata (Denden), who runs a far larger and more successful establishment, staffed by young girls and his strange wife. Though Murata seems friendly enough, if a little pushy, everything changes when Shamoto witnesses him brutally murdering an investor and is coerced into helping with the disposal of the corpse.

    His previously ordered world is turned upside down as Murata pulls him into his life of excess and insanity, at the same time changing forever his role within his own stagnating family unit. This film is impossible to fit into any neat category. Its part horror, part black comedy (its extremely funny at times), part serial killer movie, with a huge dollop of allegory about business and Japanese society. And its also a hoot - brilliant acting and direction keeps you hooked as the film gets gorier and gorier.

    The entire cast is compelling as a group of seemingly ordinary people who are teetering on either side of major personality disorders. And its not always clear who the real psychopaths are. Only the fish seem normal.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Gore 19 May 2012
    By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Contains some dazzling acting performances based upon living in an alienated world where paranoia binds people together in acts of bonding. A man lives a loveless life with his second wife and step daughter. The daughter hates the new mother and rebels.

    As she embarks upon a stealng spree she becomes caught and this sets up the plot. Our hero is introduced to the man without boundaries. The film dissects humiliation, gender roles, subservience and the ability to transcend roles.

    Brutal, vicious, especially towards the end, it revels in a particular Japanese film fetish os pure unadulterated oozing gore, probably one of the nastiest films I have watched. The unfolding life of the hero is the key interest as he loses his romantic self to become the opposite after being goaded by his mentor.

    Alienated from his wife and daughter, this being a Japanese film, do not expect it all to end with the loose ends resolved as it twists turns and slices through a tale of a man who loses his soul. Unlike the other surface slashers this concentrates on psychological insight. The women are beaten and raped toys, whilst the men are trapped within various codes of ritual humiliation, stretching back to their lost childhoods. The pounding desire to make amends becomes a subconscious driving theme.

    Loses a star for the endng which lost some of its sparkle. However in between the viewer is treated to a labyrinth where a man's mind is slowly colonised by hatred until he becomes the opposite of himself.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sono Sion delivers once again 19 Oct 2011
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    After watching Love Exposure, I didn't think Sono Sion would ever come close to achieving what he achieved in that absolutely wonderful, perfect film. Then along came Cold Fish. There's not much to say that hasn't already been said, it's unflinching and totally enthralling. Mixed with the right amount of disturbing element with a tinge of jet black comedy, it delivers like a brick in the face for Sono fans. This film is brutal, holds no prisoners, balls out entertainment. It's grim, it's truly sexy, it's violent and it's damn near perfect.

    Highly recommended.
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    Tsumetai Nettaigyo) (mild spoilers): a mild-mannered fish-shop owner crosses paths with a larger competitor who at first seems like an ideal business partner – but that veneer doesn’t last long. It feels like the director started out with two completely separate film ideas; the first 1-hour 45 contains a pretty credible, low-key, tense, but slow-burning con-man drama – with an off-kilter / black comedy undercurrent. The final act transforms the film into a full-blown slasher – which dwells on depraved sex, violence, gore and some body disposal scenes for a little longer than would be deemed comfortable (or necessary), peaking in a hyper-messy crimson-soaked blood ‘n’ guts finalé – shock cinema at it’s best; or perhaps worst!

    This wouldn’t usually be a big deal, but at 2.5 hours you could have cut two (better, and) entirely different 90-minute movies out of it – an Evil Dead style gore-romp, or Coen-esque black comedy. There are glimpses of superb direction and storytelling, straight off the bat, but they end up getting lost in the bigger-picture. Acting is also solid (the runaway star being leading man Mitsuru Fukikoshi’s full-bodied transformation) – although, along with everything else, it all gets watered down and lost within the superfluous runtime. This would, by normal standards, be anything but an ordinary film – particularly because it’s littered with gropey and sensational sex scenes – but when you’re following up from an epic like Love Exposure, this feels lukewarm in comparison.

    Score: 5/10 from ParagraphFilmReviews dot com
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    5.0 out of 5 stars This will blow your mind!
    I watched this one night knowing nothing about it. The next morning I was on here buying it!
    Simply put this movie stuck with me for days! Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Evan
    5.0 out of 5 stars not for the fainthearted
    Based on a true serial killing spree in japan the acting is superb and tension builds up quickly from a slow beginning. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by film lover
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
    Keeping this review short and to the point, this film is a masterpiece. Although it takes a while for the gore to show, stick with it. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Ana Steiger
    4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Interesting
    Cold fish -

    A disturbing film from Japan with
    a sense of crime thriller around it.
    In the film there was gore and blood
    but that is now part of many... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by MR JUGJIT KAIRO
    4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Mackerel!
    I've been cursing myself for not watching this sooner. Murder, betrayal, paranoia, weakness, subservience, failed relationships all with a backdrop of some very attractively... Read more
    Published 20 months ago by PETER FINCH
    5.0 out of 5 stars twisted and awesome
    sion sono is a brilliant director and this is a brill film. its totally awesome. i was stitched to the screen all the way through.
    Published on 25 May 2012 by martyn
    3.0 out of 5 stars Very Cold, fishy and wild
    A predictably uninspired absurd Japanese tale, based around a serial killing tropical fish shop owner. Read more
    Published on 12 Jan 2012 by T. BROOKES
    4.0 out of 5 stars Brutally dark, Uncomfortably seedy, Agonizingly funny
    WARNING: Very mild SPOILERS...

    This film, which I admit to watching in the wrong company first time around, is one of those, 'Wow, that was full on', pictures. Read more
    Published on 21 Sep 2011 by jecomans
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Fish Served Hot, Hot, Hot!!
    Original, brutal and probably not to everyone's taste. Based partly on true events it tells the tale of a weak, timid married man who becomes involved with another man who runs a... Read more
    Published on 8 Aug 2011 by R. King
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