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He'll make you pick up the pieces
Shamoto runs a small tropical fish shop. When his daughter Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a grocery store a man named Murata steps in to settle things between the girl and the store manager. Murata also runs a tropical fish shop and he and Shamoto soon become friendly. However Murata hides many dark secrets behind his friendly face.
Welp, this is it. I've found it. Sono's best work. I know it's too early to say, given that I'm only knee deep into his crazy filmography. But as of now, I can't possibly imagine anything that can top this. If Sono were to make something even funnier, darker, or generally greater than Cold Fish, my puny mind would reject all reality and self-destruct.
Again, Sono mixed all kinds of genres together as if he's making a cinematic fruit punch. To some it may be considered tedious, to me I see it as his invaluable trademark. The mood shifts constantly and it's almost impossible to predict what will happen in the next scene. From the first murder down the daughter's…
Sion Sono converts shock into appreciation, extracting beauty out of moral corruption, inhuman behaviour. From unmotivated murder to domestic abuse, rape committed by both genders, Cold Fish is a filthy, bloody-hand-delivered (and can you believe it, somehow funny!) package that includes anything that is depraved, even barbaric.
The director said he wanted to depict the sense of hopelessness in his film, which he felt is lacking in Japanese cinema, and, after witnessing the mercilessly accelerated plot escalation into utter despair for the second time, I believe it is safe to say he did it without flaw --especially in the scene where after a series of provocation, Syamoto finally broke down and cry -- made possible by Mitsuru Fukikoshi's iconic zombie…
Cold Fish does get 'Harder, Better, Faster' the second time around.
I can't. How the hell do you describe Straw Dogs made in Japan, twice?
What if, in a parallel universe, Sono directed 'Age of Ultron'?
Hulk would first rape Thor, then bite off Loki's head while Cap would be stuck in the cryo-capsule; conscious and subjected to torture by Pepper Potts and The Black Widow, while they have sex on the cryo-chamber glass. Iron Man would be diagnosed with BPD and become addicted to antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotics; as a result become a shadow of himself. Hawkeye would gouge out Nick Fury's good eye before stabbing himself, with an arrow. He would leave a highly cryptic note…
Insane. Absolutely insane. That's probably the best way to describe this movie; and not the "super-fun-action-ride" type of insane, either. Cold Fish is legitimately off its rocker, nuts, crazy, screwy, cuckoo, mad, demented, unhinged, etc.
And I liked it.
Nobuyuki Shamoto owns a tropical fish store. His marriage to his second wife, Taeko, is rocky because his daughter, Mitsuko, disapproves of it. After being caught attempting to shoplift, a store manager scolds Mitsuko extensively, but another man intervenes. Murata, an older man who also owns a (much larger) tropical fish store, convinces the manager to not punish her, and he begins a friendly relationship with the Shamoto family. Until his true, batshit crazy self comes out, of course.
Japanese horror is one of the best horror sources because of several reasons. First, psychologically, it plays with audiovisual cognitive dissonance, that is, give the audience a seemingly defenseless stimuli and create an environment of ease, for then betraying their feelings with the exact opposite of the film spectrum. This has an advantage: Japanese cinema has never cared about the international censorship, so the commercial standards to which audiences have gotten used to are challenged once more. Cold Fish is cognitive dissonance from beginning to end, not only the entire film (the first introductory 21 minutes until finally the film's title is displayed, against the 100 following minutes, until the orgiastically insane madness shown in the last 30), but also…
If things go wrong, we'll just make them invisible.
144 minutes of batshit crazy. The last film directed by Sion Sono that I saw was Why Don't You Play in Hell?, an ultra violent film about a Yakuza boss that decides to produce a film starring himself, his daughter and his gang in the middle of a mob war using real life gunfights and murder in the film. THAT is a kids movie compared to this.
This one stars Mitsuru Fukikoshi as Nobuyuki Syamoto, a tropical fish salesman who lives a sheepish existence at the mercy of his teenage daughter and young second wife. He seems to let his daughter run roughshod over everyone because of guilt over…
Música hawaiana para el sexo masoquista, música clásica y tambores para el gore, estos detalles y muchas secuencias bizarras ,llenas de violencia y la locura de sus personajes, es un frenesí de excesos . Sorprende mas que se base en hechos reales pero claro esta que Sono pone mucho de su salsa e imaginación, aveces sin pies ni cabeza, como algunos que yo me se y una pizquita de salsa de soja.
Vivir duele ,expresa un padre frustrado a su hija, que clase magistral para una adolescente . Un paso mas en su triología del odio.
A calculated creator of mixed feelings, this is something about emancipation, suppression, dependencies and again emancipation. While I had great fun watching it due to the passionate, lively, excessive access on its topics, it's also a real pity that the film stays in certain common frames of classic filmic story-telling regarding stereotypes, especially gender-stereotypes and also regarding violence (mostly "male" violence of course) as instrument of expression. It does it with an undeniable virtuosity and potential to confuse, but still, it never attempts to leave it's frames. But if you're in the mood of reading through a level of abstraction, this film is a wonderful ride. I certainly was in the right mood and do now have the strong urge to give big bearhugs to my loved ones.
Shamoto, kleinbürgerlicher Betreiber eines Fachgeschäftes für Tropenfische, wird in die Machenschaften eines erfolgreicheren Konkurrenten hineingezogen, der sich bald als Betrüger entlarvt – und das ist nur der Anfang einer Spirale aus Intrige, Mord und Doppelbödigkeit, der Shamoto, seine Familie und noch einige andere mitreisst. Relativ gemächlich startend entwickelt sich der satirische Thriller in der zweiten Hälfte zu einem teilweise recht deftig mit Innereien angereicherten Splatterfilm. Immer größer wird der Druck, der auf dem armen devoten Shamoto lastet, und es scheint nur eine Frage der Zeit, wann der Damm brechen wird. Handwerklich überzeugend und mit wirklich gelungenen Momenten, völlig respektlos den uns vertrauten Kinokonventionen gegenüber – das ist der positive Ersteindruck. Trotzdem nicht jedermanns Sache – das ist der Beigeschmack. schoener-denken.de/blog/cold-fish/
Two hours to show the uselessness of the main character, is too much!
But.. Nice idea, great story.
Coming-of-age story of a girl whos father runs a local tropical fish shop.
What the hell was this movie? Seems like it has a some potential in the start, but kills it with stupid twists and a horrible ending. This movie is really uncomfortable to watch too.
Of the four Sion Sono movies that I've seen, Cold Fish failed to blow my mind like Suicide Club and Love Exposure, and is even lacking the wild energy of Why Don't You Play in Hell? Although well-made, and with just enough oddball Sono-flavor to almost justify its extreme running time, the premise of Cold Fish is a fairly tired idea: an uptight sad-sack who disappoints his wife and daughter is taken under the wing of a boisterous psychopath, leading to an explosively violent change in personality. Sono does what he can with this ho-hum narrative, but it's not up to his usual original standard.
incredible that in the year 2010 Sion Sono proved that there is no god. will I ever feel clean again???
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