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Cold Fish (2010)

Tsumetai nettaigyo (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 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 »

Director:

Sion Sono

Writers:

Sion Sono (screenplay), Yoshiki Takahashi (screenplay)
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... Nobuyuki Syamoto
Denden ... Yukio Murata
Asuka Kurosawa Asuka Kurosawa ... Aiko Murata
Megumi Kagurazaka ... Taeko Syamoto
Hikari Kajiwara Hikari Kajiwara ... Mitsuko Syamoto
Tetsu Watanabe ... Takayasu TsuTsui
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Makoto Ashikawa Makoto Ashikawa
Lorena Kotô Lorena Kotô
Masaki Miura Masaki Miura
Jyonmyon Pe Jyonmyon Pe ... (as Jonmyon Pe)
Suwaru Ryû Suwaru Ryû
Masahiko Sakata Masahiko Sakata
Tarô Suwa ... Yoshida
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

6 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Fish See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nikkatsu, Stairway See more »
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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Symphony No. 1 In D Major
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach (as Polish National Symphony Orchestra)
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Feel Bad Cinema
31 October 2010 | by 012345678See 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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