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Cold Fish (2010)

Tsumetai nettaigyo (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 6 July 2011 (USA)
When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ...
Nobuyuki Syamoto
Denden ...
Yukio Murata
Asuka Kurosawa ...
Aiko Murata
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Taeko Syamoto
Hikari Kajiwara ...
Mitsuko Syamoto
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Takayasu TsuTsui
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Makoto Ashikawa
Lorena Kotô
Masaki Miura
Jyonmyon Pe ...
(as Jonmyon Pe)
Suwaru Ryû
Masahiko Sakata
Tarô Suwa ...
Yoshida
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When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their fish store. Syamoto soon discovers the horrific truth of the seemingly perfect couple. Written by Anonymous

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This movie was "inspired by true events" known as the "Saitama serial murders of dog lovers"; the convicted killers in the real-life case are Gen Sekine (b. January 2, 1942) and his ex-wife Hiroko Kazama (b. February 19, 1957). See more »

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When Murata and Aiko strangles the driver at Tsutsui's place, the rope is loose on the driver's neck. See more »

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Aiko Murata: You scared the shit out of them! It should be okay. If things go wrong, we'll just make them invisible.
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Followed by Guilty of Romance (2011) See more »

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Symphony No. 1 In D Major
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Feel Bad Cinema
31 October 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Even though the protagonist (Shamoto) is an adult, this is essentially a coming-of-age movie in a doomed world. Shamoto is introduced to Murata, a psychopath. Everyone seems to do what Murata wants them to, including Shamoto's wife and daughter. Shamoto tries to go against the grain, to say 'I don't want things to be like this.' But he finds himself alone against everything and has to learn some unpleasant truths about the world.

This is a very bleak movie and over-the-top in its negativity. It can be hard to watch at times but the violence is not gratuitous. It serves a purpose. The (brilliant) ending would not have the same impact without what came before.

Even though this is a crazy, overblown movie about a psycho killer, it only uses that as framework to address more universal issues of abuse, authority, dependency and responsibility.

I don't usually write reviews here. Just wanted to defend a very good, tragic and thought-provoking movie. This is definitely not just more gore for gore's sake.


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