Cold Fish (image 1)

Sono orchestrates his tale with... irony to match the horror, and realism to dampen down the melodrama. Altogether, it’s quite a feat.

Derek Malcolm, Evening Standard

Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

Cold Fish 2010

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Directed by Sono Sion

A milquetoast fish store owner gets drawn into the orbit of a serial killer and his equally nutty wife. A funny, perverted and shocking film by Sono Sion, the cult master of extreme madness.

Japan In Japanese with English subtitles
144 minutes

Director

Producers

Chiba Yoshinori
,
Kimura Toshiki

Screenplay

Sono Sion
,
Takahashi Yoshiki

Photography

Kimura Shinya

Editor

Ito Junichi

Production designer

Matsuzuka Takashi

Costume designer

Araki Satoe

Music

Harada Tomohide

With

Fukikoshi Mitsuru
,
Denden
,
Kurosawa Asuka
,
Kagurazaka Megumi
,
Kajiwara Hikari
,
Watanabe Tetsu

Festivals

Venice, Toronto, Vancouver, Pusan, London 2010

Elsewhere

Fans of Sono Sion’s Love Exposure (NZIFF09) won’t need much of a push to see this perverse chunk of black comedy horror. Funny, exhausting, callous and ultimately devastating in its final reel, this is one blood-drenched character study that’s hard to shake. Reportedly based on a true story of a serial killer, Cold Fish sees Shamoto, an awkward milquetoast tropical-fish-store owner befriended by the obnoxious and outgoing Murata, who hides a deeply disturbing persona. Pulled into this awkward friendship are Shamoto’s snooty bride, his rebellious daughter and, finally, Murata’s sexually aggressive wife. When Shamoto witnesses some of Murata and his kooky wife’s sick behaviour, he finds himself trapped in a bloody whirlpool, where his only escape is to finally stand up for himself. — AT

“Couldn’t easily be mistaken for anything other than what it is: another fervid fantasia hatched by cult Japanese helmer Sono Sion.” — Leslie Felperin, Variety