19th Titanic Filmfestival

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Cold Fish

Tsumetai nettaigyo
Japan, 2010
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Scr.: Shion Sono, Yoshiki Takahashi
Phot.: Shinya Kimura
Ed.: Junichi Ito
Music: Tomohide Harada
Cast: Makoto Ashikawa, Denden, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Megumi Kagurazaka, Hikari Kajiwara
Distributor: Nikkatsu
Color
144 mins
www.coldfish.jp

Shion Sono announces his outrageous thriller as being based on a true story, but you'll have raised a sceptical eyebrow well before you're wallowing in the first bloodbath. The factual case which inspired the one-time poet involved dog-breeders in Saitama Prefecture, but Sono sets his story in the bizarre world of tropical fish retailing. Shamoto owns a modest business that sells tropical fish. His life is mundane with any problems arising from the resentment daughter Mitsuko feels for his second wife. When Mitsuko is caught shoplifting, businessman Yukio Murata comes to the rescue and quickly befriends the family. Murata is confident, charismatic and also a relentless cold-hearted killer who soon forces the mild-mannered Shamoto into the role of reluctant accomplice.

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