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The trailer for Cold Fish which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Quiet and meek, Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) has been beaten into submission by the mundane demands of everyday life. He’s in an awkward relationship with his beautiful but shy second wife, who still hasn’t been accepted by his rebellious teenaged daughter, Mitsuko. Shamoto’s one remaining joy is running a small tropical fish store. When Mitsuko is caught shoplifting, the friendly Murata (Denden) helps her distraught parents by settling things with the store’s manager. Murata, who owns a tropical fish store called Amazon Gold, immediately forms a bond with fellow fish connoisseur Shamoto and offers to help his wayward daughter, giving her a job that comes conveniently with room and board. The conflict between Mitsuko and her stepmom appears to be finally solved.

Shamoto is drawn into business with the outgoing Murata, unaware that behind his friendly demeanor lurks a dangerous sociopath. Murata and his wife have a history of fraud and murder, disposing of their prey in an elaborate, ritualistic and grisly manner. Taken in by Murata’s easygoing charm, Shamoto realizes the man’s true nature too late and becomes implicated in the madman’s bloody crimes. Madness is a familiar theme for Sion Sono, who has made nearly twenty films in the last thirty years. His work remains relatively unknown outside of fanboy and J-Horror circles, where films like Suicide Club and Love Exposure (his four-hour-long opus of fetishism, romance and religion) have gained cult status.

Cold Fish sees Sono reaching an impressive new level. He shows firm control of this gruesome subject; he never allows it to stray into exploitation or sensationalism and skillfully balances tense drama with outrageous black humour. What makes the film all the more shocking is that it is based on the real case of a serial killer who murdered more than fifty people. While Fukikoshi whimpers and cowers at the horrific crimes playing out before him, Denden steals the show with his gregarious, alpha-male portrayal of the cold-blooded Murata – the Japanese equivalent of Sweeney Todd.

Film Info

(2013)
2 min 8 sec Duration
34,678 views
  • Posted: September 12, 2010
  • Director: Shion Sono
  • Writer: Shion Sono
  • Studio: Unknown
  • Release: September 12, 2010
  • Cast: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa

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