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.
"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…
Cold Fish, in so many words is 'Straw Dogs (1971)' taking a jet to Japan, into fish stores that look like LSD drain-houses and makes it shake hands with guts and gore.
Dustin Hoffman broke-down and so did his glasses; break, and he ended up defending his cottage and an estranged, mischievous wife from the hillbillies and killed some in the process, including the nerdy mathematician disposition.
In 'Cold Fish', the small; meek; acquiescent; hesitant and bespectacled protagonist finds himself in a situation of sorts - which take sharp turns and puts Syamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) in a place which reeks of psychosis and rot.
His wife is young and disenchanted by the whole deal. The stereotype teenage daughter has her…
A bizarre tale about a man's loss of innocence after he meets a cutthroat businessman who takes control of his family and his life. The more aggressive businessman drags him into helping dispose of bodies to cover up any evidence of murder. As his life spirals out of control, the mild-mannered man must try to avoid the police and his new murderous business partner. The graphic special effects are the real appeal of this film, as bodies are chopped to pieces and burned to ashes. Not quite a slasher film though, this was more like a drama with blood and guts.
Just sick, in a bad way.
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