Cold Fish
Tsumetai nettaigyo
Japan, 2010, 144 minutes, HD
He'll make you pick up the pieces
Cold Fish Synopsis

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 driven to the edge of the abyss.




RATING - 18


Contains strong violence, gore, sex and one use of very strong language.

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Reviewed by GibbyBrisbit
Top film this. A mad dad with a load of fish gets mixed up in a right messy situation when he starts working with another bonkers fish man. I don't... more
Top film this. A mad dad with a load of fish gets mixed up in a right messy situation when he starts working with another bonkers fish man. I don't think I've ever seen a film that manages to get more antics out of a few bloody corpses. If you're the queasy type then this will make you make you sick for a week but if you're looking for something gory with a few funny bits thrown in then this will be just the ticket.
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  • Great cinematography! It's very interesting!

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  • Great cinematography! It's very interesting!
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  • Just watched it - a lot of good acting performances with quite a number of interesting characters, several of them at the border of (or rather beyond) insanity, in a very entertaining way. Should have taken the FilmDoo advice that clearly stated "watch with friends", when instead I ended up watching it with my parents, resulting in various rather awkward comments and questions by my mother about scenes where people are being cut into pieces or attractive girls engaging in various activities better not watched by parents... So basically - a must see film (by yourself or with friends)...:)

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  • Just watched it - a lot of good acting performances with quite a number of interesting characters, several of them at the border of (or rather beyond) insanity, in a very entertaining way. Should have taken the FilmDoo advice that clearly stated "watch with friends", when instead I ended up watching it with my parents, resulting in various rather awkward comments and questions by my mother about scenes where people are being cut into pieces or attractive girls engaging in various activities better not watched by parents... So basically - a must see film (by yourself or with friends)...:)
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  • This movie sounds like a really interesting concept and it has been described as a Japanese movie in the style of the Coen Brothers. SOLD!

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  • This movie sounds like a really interesting concept and it has been described as a Japanese movie in the style of the Coen Brothers. SOLD!
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