Tsumetai nettaigyo   2010   Japan Cold Fish
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Director:Shion Sono
Studio:Nikkatsu
Writer:Shion Sono, Yoshiki Takahashi
IMDb Rating:7.1 (6,744 votes)
Awards:5 wins & 2 nominations
Genre:Drama, Thriller
Duration:144 min
Languages:Japanese
IMDb:1632547
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Shion Sono  ...  (Director)
Shion Sono, Yoshiki Takahashi  ...  (Writer)
 
Mitsuru Fukikoshi  ...  Nobuyuki Syamoto
Denden  ...  Yukio Murata
Asuka Kurosawa  ...  Aiko Murata
Megumi Kagurazaka  ...  Taeko Syamoto
Hikari Kajiwara  ...  Mitsuko Syamoto
Tetsu Watanabe  ...  Takayasu TsuTsui
Makoto Ashikawa  ...  
Lorena Kotô  ...  
Masaki Miura  ...  
Jyonmyon Pe  ...  (as Jonmyon Pe)
Suwaru Ryû  ...  
Masahiko Sakata  ...  
Tarô Suwa  ...  Yoshida
Tomohide Harada  ...  Composer
Shinya Kimura  ...  Cinematographer
Jun'ichi Itô  ...  Editor
Comments: As a proud, card-carrying Sono Fanboy I'm not going to say this is a bad film, but I hated it. I've not liked any of the three films he's made about men (Into a Dream And Hazard being the other two). They are shallow and annoying. Men are meek and they are trampled, or they are loud and controlling; they YELL a lot. The performances are great here, so good I had to avert my eyes from the screen every time the loud and controlling man appeared, I hated him so much. This isn't a daring film that explores man's capacity for evil and gives an answer, it's a straight up genre film (but I can't name the genre without spoiling the film). If you watch the nearly sublime, very personal, Be Sure to Share (a film about men, yes) you gain some insight as to why Sono doesn't make interesting films about men. He has daddy issues.

Summary: Shamoto runs a small tropical fish shop and leads a boring, but stable life. His second wife, Taeko, does not get along with his daughter, Mitsuko, and this worries him. He also feels somehow unfulfilled and dissatisfied with what his life has become.

One day Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a department store. There they meet a friendly man named Murata, who helps to settle things between Mitsuko and the store manager. Since Murata also runs a tropical fish shop, Shamoto establishes a bond with him and they become friends; Mitsuko even begins working for Murata and living at his house, to avoid conflicts with her stepmother.

What Shamoto doesn't know, however, is that Murata hides many dark secrets behind his friendly face. He sells cheap fish to his customers for high prices with his artful lies. If anyone detects his fraud or refuses to go along with his money-making schemes, they're murdered and their bodies disposed of by Murata and his wife in grisly ways. Shamoto is slowly taken in by Murata's tactics, and by the time he realizes that Murata is insane, and a serial killer who has made over fifty people disappear, he is powerless to do anything about it. But now Mitsuko is a hostage at Murata's home, and Shamoto himself has become the killer's unwilling accomplice!

Meanwhile, the murders, without any trace of the bodies, continue unabated. The police have long suspected Murata and try to get information about him from Shamoto; Murata quickly senses the danger and threatens Shamoto not to report anything to the police.

In the end, the conflict between Shamoto and Murata will result in murder, insanity, and an ordinary man being driven to the edge of the abyss.


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