a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
Cold Fish não é um filme pra qualquer estômago! Eu gostei muito, mas achei um pouco longo. Só conseguia pensar em como os japoneses conseguem fazer filmes doentios e também como sua cultura é extremamente machista. Há momentos em que as personagens chegam a irritar: a apatia de Shamoto, o sadismo de Murata e sua esposa, a indiferença de Mitsuko com o pai etc, e pra mim, isso é um ponto positivo em qualquer filme, personagens que te deixem desconfortável. Enfim, perturbador! Ainda mais quando se sabe que foi baseado em fatos reais.
A restraint, taciturn, middle-aged man gets constantly pushed to his limits by a bizarre fellow fish shop owner & his wife and ultimately reacts with equally extreme measures to everyone surrounding him – including himself. If this reaction feels like an awakening or a resurrection and you find yourself cheering for the man this film may have succeeded in making you an accomplice the same way the central character has been made one. This cold fish is a nasty predator out for blood. And far from being medium rare.
This was my introduction to Japanese-gore. Oh my.
I'm always perplexed when I read reviews centered on the notion that the story should have been told quicker. Cold Fish has a patient pace throughout, which I've found to be a standard in Japanese cinema. But never does the tension waiver, or the character development stop. Sono provides a stark view into the sickening life of a psychopath and the courting of his would-be, weak-minded protegè, who holds a deep pain all his own.
A solid study of dysfunctional relationships colliding, ultimately leading to a bloody battle of inner-demons.
Grande esta de sion con cero fantasia pero manteniendo la brutalidad de la mayoría de sus obras . Menudos personajes aparecen, todos muy buenos y llevados al limite
movie 6 on Hoop-Tober 2.O
I've wanted it to see Cold Fish for quite a while now, and it was quite good the issue is more with the them of the story and the tone of it. At first glance it doesn't seem a bleak movie, despite the gore and story it has a very fucked up and interesting sense of humor, but the movie is quite bleak and a bit depressing, and once you get to this conclusion the over the top and ridiculous scenes end up even highlighting it. Is because the view the movie and it's story is like that.
Also the way the women are depicted is very problematic, but i wouldn't say that the film…
Tanto la historia como la imagen muy potente.
Sono is really fucking good at what he does and the first hour is a tightly constructed exercise in manipulation and the process of disappearing a body. I could watch that for, like, 2 hours and 26 minutes easily. Yakuza dudes yelling at each other and our quiet protagonist finding the courage to become a giant prick? Way not as interested.
For a while I was amused by how long Sono takes to get to the more salacious, exciting parts of this movie, butat the end of the day this movie feels limp.
Gonna come off as glib, but I think Tim & Eric did everything this movie wants to do in, like, 12 minutes with the Bedtime Stories episode "Hole"
Its got a better sense of humor at the very least.
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