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  (in credits order)

Alexandra Maria Lara ... Ida
Christian Ulmen ... Otto

Simon Verhoeven ... Leo
Zoe Hüttenhain ... Ida jung
Adrian Scherschel ... Radu jung
Oliver Heckner ... Otto jung
Melanie Lauer ... Ottos Mutter jung
Harald Schröpfer ... Ottos Vater jung
Eva Christian ... Alina

Valentin Platareanu ... Radu
Ulrike Kriener ... Lena
Elmar Wepper ... Herr Wagenbach
Carola Regnier ... Frau Wagenbach
Tanja Schleiff
Eva-Maria Kurz ... Flohmarktbesucher
Rafael Meyer ... Flohmarktbesucher

Gustav-Peter Wöhler ... Herr Olsen

Yvonne Yung Hee Bormann ... Asiatische Kellnerin (as Yvonne-Yung Hee Bormann)

Young-Shin Kim ... Yoko
Petra Zieser ... Maklerin
Eric Schmidt-Mohan ... Schuhverkäufer
Matthias Lamshöft ... Tommy
Irmhild Wagner ... Nachbarin
Beatrice Boca ... Babysitterin
Sterica Rein
Victoria Deutschmann ... Journalistin
Christoph Maria Herbst ... Therapeut
Oliver Nägele ... Ottos Vater
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doreén Dietel ... Fischfrau (voice)

Heiner Lauterbach ... Fischmann (voice)
Susanne von Medvey ... Therapeutin (voice)
Christoph Luser ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Doris Dörrie 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Doris Dörrie  screenplay
Jacob Grimm  story (uncredited)
Wilhelm Grimm  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Bernd Eichinger .... producer
Franz X. Gernstl .... producer
Fidelis Mager .... co-producer
Martin Moszkowicz .... executive producer
Patrick Zorer .... line producer
Cinematography by
Rainer Klausmann 
Film Editing by
Frank J. Müller 
Inez Regnier 
Casting by
Nessie Nesslauer 
Production Design by
Bernd Lepel 
Costume Design by
Katharina Ost 
Makeup Department
Evelyn Döhring .... makeup artist
Waldemar Pokromski .... makeup artist
Production Management
Peter Nawrotzki .... production manager
Ruth Stadler .... unit manager
Sound Department
Christof Ebhardt .... sound designer
Lisa Geffcken-Reinhard .... foley editor
Monika Gussner .... adr editor
Magda Habernickel .... sound editor
Matthias Pasedag .... sound engineer
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Bernhard Vogl .... adr recordist
Wolfgang Wirtz .... sound
Special Effects by
Jan Singh .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Christopher Chaber .... digital retouching: ARRI
Moritz Eiche .... compositor: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Sebastian Geller .... compositor: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Alex Klippe .... lustre assistant: ARRI
Lutz Lemke .... title sequence designer/animator
Florian Martin .... digital colourist
Michel Mielke .... visual effects project manager: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Traudl Nicholson .... digital colorist
Julia Reinhard .... compositor: CA Scanline Production GmbH
Michael Scheffler .... systems admistrator: scan&record 35 GmbH
Hari Schernthaner .... lustre assistant: ARRI
Camera and Electrical Department
Julia Drache .... video assist
Michael Hauptfleisch .... first assistant camera: second unit
Yuji Wada .... co-gaffer: Japan unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernd Lepel .... costume designer: Koi
Transportation Department
Christer von Lindequist .... production driver
Other crew
Tatjana Bonnet .... assistant production executive (as Tatjana Jakovleski)
Susann Funke .... production intern
Sandra Hoenig .... production coordinator
Yasmina Majid .... assistant to production executive
Thomas Schlesinger .... script consultant
Josef Brandmaier .... acknowledgment: executive, BBF

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Also Known As:
"Der Fischer und seine Frau" - Germany (original title)
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Argentina:100 min | Germany:100 min
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Koi means "fish" and "love", 30 November 2008
Author: noribori from Germany

A modern version of the fairy tale "The Fisherman and his Wife" from the Brothers Grimm. Well, is it? You may ask that yourself. The fairy tale is about greed and how a fisherman's wife ruins everything by always wanting too much. The movie is more about love and how love can be destroyed by wanting too much, instead of enjoying what you have.

The movie also reminded me of Doris Dörrie's acclaimed movie "Männer..." ("Men"), the story of a woman between her smart and wealthy husband and a charming poor artist. In "Der Fischer und seine Frau" there's a young woman Ida between her charming poor husband Otto and his smart and wealthy friend Leo (there's also Yoko, Leo's wife, but she's of no importance for the plot). In "Männer..." both men were likable and thus there was a real conflict (Doris Dörrie once said in an interview that both men of "Männer" combined in one man would be her Marylin Monroe).

Not so in this movie. While poor Otto is likable beyond all limits (he even agrees to inspect the anus of his landlords's dog in order to fulfill his wife's wishes), his smart friend Leo is just wealthy and boring. And Ida is sometimes like Otto, sometimes like Leo. She doesn't know yet what's good for her, while the audience hopes in vain for a more surprising outcome. Only very late in the movie, for about 2 minutes, there's a real conflict when Otto meets his lost father. He calls himself an adventurer but is only a shabby car dealer. The story might have worked better if relaxed Otto turned into an over-ambitious guy with excessive wishes - driven by the fear to become like his father. Instead we saw ambitious Ida turn into an over-ambitious business-woman, compromising her love for Otto and risking Otto's love. And we just don't know why. Because of Ida's ambitious parents (they have about one minute movie time)? Because Otto didn't say "I love you" often enough? Because Ida is greedy? Because Ida is a woman? Hm.

While the story itself has some bigger problems, the movie shines in many other details. The Koi theme gives space for many funny and pretty ideas, adding a bit more depth to the lame plot (Koi means both "fish" and "love" in Japanese). The tone is funny, colorful and upbeat, camera work is interesting, music is fancy and enjoyable. The actors do a good job. (What makes me think again is that the extras section of the DVD has interviews with Alexandra Maria Lara (Ida) and Christian Ulmen (Otto) where both show better chemistry and humor than in the movie itself).

I enjoyed to watch this movie because of many felicitous details, but as it failed to get into my heart, I doubt I will watch it again.

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