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  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SXSRX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,291 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 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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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By IMP on 10 July 2011
    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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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2012
    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 By Paul_ABZ on 23 April 2014
    Format: DVD Verified Purchase
    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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