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Cold Fish [DVD]
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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.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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It's very rarely that I get angry watching a film, but this movie's awfulness managed to irritate me profoundly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James Quelman
Amazing. Much better than I expected. Would recommend. Gore horror. Good story.Published 13 months ago by Samantha Redgate
Fukikoshi does a good job with this film .
vicious and some what bizzare story, but worth seeing.
Love Exposure (by the same director) is one of my favourites of all time and so I was hoping for another cinematic treat. Unfortunately, this did not even come close. Read morePublished 16 months ago by FCL
I've enjoyed various unusual Japanese films (Studio Gibli, and other anime/manga to quirks such as Turtles are surprisingly fast swimmers onto the brutal Ichi the Killer, and... Read morePublished on 22 July 2014 by Quixotic
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
Based on a true serial killing spree in japan the acting is superb and tension builds up quickly from a slow beginning. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2013 by film lover