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Cold Fish (2010)
"Tsumetai nettaigyo" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  6 July 2011 (USA)
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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 ... 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
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Makoto Ashikawa
Lorena Kotô
Masaki Miura
Jyonmyon Pe ...
(as Jonmyon Pe)
Suwaru Ryû
Masahiko Sakata
Tarô Suwa
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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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Fish or foul
8 April 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Poor mild mannered Shamoto is trapped in his little aquarium business with his hot, but frustrated wife and his teen-aged daughter who loathes her step mother and has nothing but contempt for her father. Into their life roars Murata, a fast talking, vaguely sleazy, but oddly friendly rival, who owns a much slicker, larger aquarium business. And maybe he has a little bit of other things going on in the side, in more ways than one. Shamoto is going to get the ride of his life, and he isn't going to enjoy it.

This film is impossible to fit into any neat category. Its part horror, part black comedy (its extremely funny at times), part serial killer movie, with a huge dollop of allegory about business and Japanese society. And its also a hoot - brilliant acting and direction keeps you hooked as the film gets gorier and gorier. The entire cast is compelling as a group of seemingly ordinary people who are teetering on either side of major personality disorders. And its not always clear who the real psychopaths are. Only the fish seem normal.

This certainly isn't a film for everyone. But if you enjoy a black comedy and have a strong stomach for some very realistic looking gore, then this will certainly keep you distracted for its 140 minutes or so.


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