I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…
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 teps 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.
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…
Although Cold Fish tries very hard to be memorable with its striking moments of violence and gore, excessive soft-core porn and off-beat humor, I'm already struggling to think of what to write about what is one of the duller movie experiences I've had in a while. Sono is a director with whom I'm unfamiliar with and thus I didn't really know what I was getting myself into, but even if I had an idea of what his style is like I doubt I would've enjoyed the film much more. The visual onslaught of blood and gore left me unimpressed (although I should add that they aren't meant to be shocking, or if they are they simply fall flat) whilst the…
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.
Director: Sion Sono (Third Film)
A little bit better. But still suffers from the same issues I have had with the two previous films of his I have watched - slightly too long, tedious (less so this time) and random filler that doesn't do anything to enhance the simple story.
Other than that, it's a ridiculously over-the-top, well acted (believe it or not) experience. There is a lot of blood and body parts in particular scenes, but it's a grosser version of Dexter rather than slasher horror and body parts flying at the screen. And it can only really be classed as a horror due to the obscene scenes which I've just mentioned. I won't say what the…
Serial killer films are often among my favorite in the horror genre simply because they bring with it a level of realism that is absent in the others. Horror taken from reality I find far more effective than supernatural horror. However with that said the beginning of this film claims it's based on a true story in which I always take with a grain of salt. As it turns out the film was greatly exaggerated from the truth but still nonetheless disturbing and a powerful watch.
It's no spoiler that this film centers on a serial killer however as entrenched as the viewer gets into the film in a marvelous first half build up that gives no inclination to the…
Sion Sono's Cold Fish is a roller-coaster ride of brutal violence and pitch black humor that only nearly misses the mark. The film slowly gathers momentum before plummeting into a savage second half with more dismemberment than you can shake a thigh bone at. It all culminates in one hell of an explosive ending that is sure to disturb as well as entertain. That being said, Cold Fish is definitely not Sono's best work and is a much more straightforward film than his usual output, which left it feeling a little shallow at times. However, a below average Sono film is still better than most stuff out there and Cold Fish is definitely worth a watch.
What the fuck did I just watch? Oh, its a Sono film? Makes sense.
Buckets of blood and complex family dynamics set the backdrop for this weird little Japanese horror. There were a few oddly paced scenes that diminish the punch a bit, but wow, the third act is full throttle.
Sometimes working out your issues gets ... messy.
A depraved, gory, misogynistic cartoon of a film with some giddy performances and increasingly outrageous developments. I think it would have been improved occasionally by attending a bit more to credibility in the villainous behavior as there were times when alleged practice and experience were not born out by competence on screen, but I suppose there was an supply of fake blood that needed to be used up. The focus on interpersonal relationships in their various forms definitely lent additional tension to the proceedings.
Cold Fish is a very strange , dull and at times extremely violent small movie .
Its defiantly not a film for everyone , with the length being almost 2 and a half hours , it really shows . The director REALLY took his time with this film , its slow paced at times and some scenes can be excruciatingly hard to sit through due to the lack of music and slow editing.
Mitsuru Fukikoshi does an excellent job portraying his character and the scene where he finally breaks is equally heart-breaking as it is terrifying. There is shocking scenes of ultra-violence throughout the end of the movie but it feels as if it has a purpose , almost like its a character in the movie.
"Get more out of life. See a fucked up movie." -John Waters
What was that? Chaos. That's what it is. It has a sneaky and quiet facasde but underneath Sono creates chaos. What has me really baffled is that it's based on a true story! Although Sono fabricated about the last 20 minutes, it's still fascinating.
In just the first 10 minutes Cold Fish opens up with gorgeous characterization. The viewer has a clear understanding of what each of the characters is about. It is because of this brilliant characterization that many brush Sono's films off for going on too long and rehashing the same points over and over again. They are terribly wrong! It is a gift that Sono…
I bet there's a really good 90-minute movie inside this two-and-a-half hour snoozer.
The Cinapse crew struggled hard with this relentlessly ugly Sion Sono film about sex, murder, and sex-murder.
My second Shion Sono film and I must say I'm starting to become a fan of this guy. Oddly enough, his films work for me somewhere, emotionally.
This is my first leap into the world of Sion Sono and it’s a strong start. Cold Fish is a weird movie, at least in terms of the elements that make up it’s whole. Two fish shops, two dysfunctional families, one more successful than the other – a seemingly mundane set-up for a drama that is suddenly offset by a wild serial killer plot. The violence in this movie is really extreme, to the point of being ridiculous but the humour certainly isn’t lost on Sono who milks some dark laughs out of the film’s bleakest moments. The two main performances by Mitsuri Fukikoshi and Denden are amazing. The former a tightly-wound exercise in restraint and reaction while the latter…
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