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Fisshu sutôrî (2009)

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In the year 2012 a comet approaches earth, threatening to end civilization when it impacts. On the streets of Japan, a single music store remains open, its proprietor insisting to his ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Atsushi Itô
Kiyohiko Shibukawa ...
Tetsuya
Noriko Eguchi ...
Namiko
Hidekazu Mashima ...
Tani
Gaku Hamada
Takashi Yamanaka ...
Kentaro
Kazuki Namioka ...
Satoru
Kenjirô Ishimaru ...
Taniguchi
Mikako Tabe ...
Asami
Mirai Moriyama
Nao Ohmori ...
(as Nao Ômori)
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Seiko Iwaidô ...
Haruko (as Mai Takahashi)
Reiko Kusamura
Kengo Kôra ...
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In the year 2012 a comet approaches earth, threatening to end civilization when it impacts. On the streets of Japan, a single music store remains open, its proprietor insisting to his customers that the world is not coming to an end. He plays a forgotten song recorded by an obscure band 37 years ago, and insists that somehow, this song will save the world. A series of short stories spans the years from the recording of the song in 1975 to the modern day, and shows how--in roundabout fashion--the man in the music store is absolutely right. Written by Mockery

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Fish Story  »

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The song 'Fish Story' is an improvisation on the key riff in the song 'New Rose' by The Damned. This was the first 'punk' single released in the UK. The film sets the recording of 'Fish Story' in 1975. 'New Rose' was released in October 1976. See more »

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What did I just watch?
27 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have to say, FISH STORY is a very strange film. It's a Japanese apocalyptic tale featuring four separate story lines that are woven together in such a way that'll have you scratching your head and trying to figure out how they all intertwine. It's all very low key, with zero sci-fi elements and an extremely slow pacing that's doubtless to put off plenty of viewers expecting something more, well, energetic.

However, something about this kept me watching. It's the sense of whimsy, perhaps, or the sheer long-winded shaggy-doggedness of the storytelling. The fact that the production values are high, the script is very funny, and the actors nail the characters, too. About halfway through, I relaxed a little when I realised I was enjoying what I was watching, and then I started having fun.

Things get better right up until the big reveal at the ending, which is so stupendously good that I can say, right here and right now, that FISH STORY features one of my favourite endings in a film, full stop. It's that good; a tremendous resolution, like that of THE SIXTH SENSE, that turns the whole film around and makes you realise that, actually, this is a great little film; unique and uniquely entertaining with it.


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