Cold Fish (Bloody Disgusting Selects)
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I used to try and classify Sion's movies in comparison to each other, with Hair Extensions, Suicide Club and Noriko's Dinner Table in the "safe for average people" spectrum with Strange Circus and now Cold Fish on the "careful who you show this to" side. But the more I watch his films the more I realize they all must be handled with care. The Sion Sono fan wields great power by being able to show people things about themselves they wished they didn't possess.
But with this power comes great responsibility, for his films can and will mess with people. And while Cold Fish is definitely first in line for the category of "most humorous yet seriously wrong fight scene ever" (the last one, which you will just have to discover for yourself) it is also toeing the line, along with all other Sion movies, for "every angle of humanity exposed and you might not like what you see," which is a category that should have its own Academy Award.
In sum, it's great. You definitely should see it.
A psychological thriller loosely based on a Japanese pet shop owning serial-killer team a few years back, only in this case the owners sell aquarium fish and supplies. It's hard to determine how seriously we are suppose to take the characters' killing behavior, but one theme in the story that should be taken seriously is the portrayal of the breakdown of personal, family and social values in contemporary Japan.
Nice production work from writers, director, crew and actors especially Mitsuru Fukikoshi as the, what in American slang would be described as the "loser", father.
First, the movie is a very graphic tale and has some elements viewers may find disturbing. From dismemberment to forced copulation to the pungent aroma of ideology sliding slowly off the grid, there are ugly things housed in this film. Some of it goes overboard, almost lightening itself, but some of it is visceral and a tad disturbing - as perhaps murder was truly meant to be. Second, the movie is really can be described as a character study in two pieces. One, a horrible man. The other, a man not wanting to be horrible.
The pacing of the movie was nice, actually, taking its time with the tale. It did not drag its feet while deepening the hole Syamoto seems to find himself being thrust into, and it did not bore. You got to know the man and his family and the people he suddenly finds himself around, taking in not only the parts that impact him but that impact other portions of his life. At first glance, you get this feeling that Syamoto does not know just how terrible thing can be. A lover of astronomy, he seems the world as a beautiful sphere and not as an ugly pile of rocks at first, but finds the world unfurled in front of him as the action after action is thrust upon him.Read more ›
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This is one f-ed up movie. I understand there are serial killers out there and I have seen so very grotesque pictures and videos in my life. Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Lee
Just the correct mixture of sex, intrigue, comedy and moving plot. After all it is a true story. Very nicely done.Published 16 months ago by Alfred L McCarthy
Very entertaining but very violent movie lots of blood. I think this was based on a actual true story shocking.Published 16 months ago by Adam Haynes
Wow! Asian filmmakers really know how to do horror/suspense films. Cold Fish is no exception. Well done in every sense. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Shyer
Another very good offering by the Japanese film industry. The characters are truly full of (hideous!) surprises. I really like the emphasis on the ordinariness of folly and evil. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Maurizio
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