AKA: Tsumetai Nettaigyo
Directed by: Sion Sono
Starring: Mitsuru Fukikoshi (Shamoto), Denden (Murata), Asuka Kurosawa (Aiko), Megumi Kagurazaka (Taeko), Hikari Kajiwara (Mitsuko)
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
Genres: Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Based on a True Story, Small Animals, Killers, Family, Voyeur
Plot – Spoilers:
Cold Fish is what happens when an artist at his peak makes an effed up movie.
Shamoto runs a small shop selling exotic fish with his second wife Aiko. He’s a fairly simple man with simple troubles. His pleasures include spending romantic evenings at the local planetarium, while his troubles revolve around his daughter Mitsuko who hates her stepmom. He is so conscious of their rift that he even feels awkward to get frisky with his wife while Mitsuko is under the same roof.
When Mitsuko is caught shoplifting, an excessively gregarious old man Murata comes to the family’s rescue. Murata is the owner of an overpoweringly grand tropical fish shop and Shamoto feels more and more like a little man in his presence. But wife and daughter seem impressed.
If you crave beautiful aesthetics and great bizarre acting in the effed up, it’s harder to reach beyond Cold Fish.