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Cold Fish (Bloody Disgusting Selects) (2010)

Asuka Kurosawa , Denden , Shion Sono  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Asuka Kurosawa, Denden, Hikari Kajiwara, Megumi Kagurazaka, Mitsuru Fukikoshi
  • Directors: Shion Sono
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: The Collective
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004ZKKKW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Shamoto's teenage daughter was caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps to resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Shamoto's daughter work at their fish store. Shamoto soon discovers the horrific truth of the seemingly perfect couple...who force him to get his hands dirty in their brutal business. Inspired by true events, Cold Fish is a bloodcurdling suspense drama that unveils the underlying insanity of an ordinary man.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sion travels farther south... January 1, 2012
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For me, Sion Sono's movies traverse the cinematic landscape between the unadulterated beauty and artistic brilliance of Noriko's Dinner Table to the completely adulterated brilliance of Cold Fish. Dark, nasty, and totally insane, this film makes you feel the way Sion wants you to feel. That, right there, is his key power as a film maker. He can make you laugh at inappropriate moments and incapable of laughing even when characters are trying to be humorous (inappropriately humorous, of course). He'll shock you by showing things you probably should have seen coming, and beat that shock into your head like a railroad spike with every new scene of violence and debauchery.

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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Humor Horror September 27, 2011
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Cautionary note: Contains a bit of nudity and some suggestive sexual scenes. Also contains a bit of realistic dismemberment but in a comedic cartoonish sort of way if that makes any sense.

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Earth as a pile of ugly rocks March 9, 2012
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Syamoto, reserved owner of the fish shop located just off the highway, finds himself in a quandary. He really does not know what to do with his life. He loves his wife and his daughter but they are like polar opposites. The daughter hates her step-mother because she is not her mother, and the wife finds herself having to do things like hide smoking because marriage changes all. When the daughter is caught shoplifting and the owner of Amazon Fish introduces himself, everything sort of starts sliding and ends up - well, you can kinda of guess, but it always seems worse than you expect.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cold Fish December 15, 2011
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I have only had the pleasure of seeing 3 other films from this director. (Strange Circus, Suicide Club, and Noriko's Dinner Table.) I would have to say this ranks up there with some of the best cinema to undergo the "genre film" tag released in a long while. I am happy to be the first to review this film on Amazon as it fully deserves its praise. Cold Fish is stark in it's portrayal of a man clinging tightly to his moody teen daughter and disassociated wife who's relationship with him seems tumultuous at best. Until he realizes that the only way to reclaim his family... is to actually let go of his illusion of control over them. Whether one positions this realization as a transformation into psychosis, or a man taking back his dignity, no one will deny this piece as uncompromisingly obscure and engrossingly empathetic. The cinematogrophy is excellent, which is very personal in depicting close angles and odd sets to give backstory to its characters. (The concept of centering the film in fish stores is not only original, can be quite humorous and disturbing, beautiful, and bleak.) The film is uniquely dramatic, and well scripted. At parts this film is also brutally violent (which is necessary for gore hounds such as myself.) but poignant and tasteful with high production values. This is also a slow burn so be patient as the film is sure to pay off for those of whom give it the opportunity. With this as an addition to the catalog I have witnessed, I will be looking forward to future releases from this neurotic director. (Fans of this should really look into his other film "Strange Circus".)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 1 month ago by spb1077
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from across the pond!
Wow! Asian filmmakers really know how to do horror/suspense films. Cold Fish is no exception. Well done in every sense. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood-curdling murder fest
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 more
Published 4 months ago by Maurizio
3.0 out of 5 stars Stealer's weal.
Tsumetai Nettaigyo (Cold Fish) (Shion Sono, 2010)

Shion Sono's movies occupy an interesting place in Japanese cinema. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Wary Of Kindness Of Strangers
Darkly humorous and disturbingly twisted, a successful tropical fish store proprietor offers assistance to our main character, giving his daughter a job to keep her out of trouble... Read more
Published 7 months ago by michael papa
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
I love Japanese movies but not all of them grab my attention or my taste. This one actually served both!!!!!
Published 7 months ago by KriticalKustomer
2.0 out of 5 stars gory but entertaining
This was gory. I'm not sure if there was a point to it or not. Nobody in this loved anybody else, which I don't think is really like real life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by naware
1.0 out of 5 stars No English language, keep it in Japan.
I have been criticized quite harshly for not being more tolerant of movies sold in the US that offer no English language option. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Doctor Dean
2.0 out of 5 stars A Super Gory Shocker - Do Not Put It In Your Head
I watched this by accident. I don't like slasher films or gratuitous violence. Mix that with plenty of bizarre sex and you've got COLD FISH. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Handsome-Jeff Friedberg, an Author and Media-Critic, THE PARANORMALIST (R)
5.0 out of 5 stars harsh cold
This movie was absolutely amazing. So much violence and blood. Good anarchy, good plot scenes and a sad ending, very realistic.
Published 13 months ago by comet
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