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Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2003)
"Joze to tora to sakana tachi" (original title)

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Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she... See full summary »

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Tsuneo
Chizuru Ikewaki ...
Joze (Kumiko)
Juri Ueno ...
Kanae
Hirofumi Arai ...
Koji
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ...
Bookstore Clerk
Noriko Eguchi ...
Noriko
Daigo Fujisawa ...
Ryuji
Kazuhiro Fujiwara ...
Haruki Kanai
Itsuji Itao ...
The Manager
Tai Kageyama ...
Master of Mahjong Bar
Anne Mari ...
Woman at Mahjong Bar
Yoshiyuki Morishita ...
The Pervert
Kôji Ohkura ...
Man at Mahjong Bar
SABU ...
Patron (as Sabu)
Eiko Shinya ...
Joze's grand mother
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Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she is carrying something for a crime syndicate, and they wonder what it is she has in the carriage. Money? Drugs? One day, the owner of the mah-jong parlour sends Tsuneo out to walk his dog. A baby carriage comes rolling down a hill and crashes into a guard rail. The old lady asks him to look into the carriage, where he finds a young woman clutching a knife. This is how Tsuneo first meets the girl who calls herself Josée. Written by lily

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20 January 2015 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

The premise of Josée, the Tiger and the Fish (Joze to tora to sakana tachi) is riddled with minefields. It is about a shallow yet affable young lad who becomes involved in a relationship with a headstrong yet lonely and world-weary disabled girl. Based on this, I imagine even the casual moviegoer would be confident enough to predict that during the course of the film both characters will learn important life lessons while the audience will once again be reminded that love truly knows no boundaries. But thanks to director Inudô Isshin's refreshing treatment of the material and Ikewaki Chizuru's clear-eyed, unsentimental performance in the titular role, this Osaka-set film morphs into something genuinely heartfelt and sincere. The tone is at times quirky and whimsical, but reservedly so. Inudô does well, however, to incorporate certain storybook elements (Josée happens to be a reading fiend and has adopted her nickname from a character in a Françoise Sagan novel), best exemplified by a visually striking and highly metaphorical sequence set inside a love hotel's aquarium-themed room. But it is his fastidious rendering of the quotidian that ultimately resonates the most. The film opens with a series of abstract snapshots of such moments that allude to the slow but inevitable fading of memory. The rest of it ably turns these memories into emotions worth sharing.


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