Cold Fish

July 6th, 2011


Cold Fish

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When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation...

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.2/10 (1,816 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Shion Sono

Stars: Makoto Ashikawa, Denden, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their fish store. Syamoto soon discovers the horrific truth of the seemingly perfect couple.

Writers: Shion Sono, Yoshiki Takahashi

Makoto Ashikawa -
Denden - Yukio Murata
Mitsuru Fukikoshi - Nobuyuki Syamoto
Megumi Kagurazaka - Taeko Syamoto
Hikari Kajiwara - Mitsuko Syamoto
Lorena Kotô -
Asuka Kurosawa - Aiko Murata
Masaki Miura -
Jyonmyon Pe -
Suwaru Ryû -
Masahiko Sakata -
Tarô Suwa -
Tetsu Watanabe - Takayasu TsuTsui

Taglines: How far will you be pushed?


Official Website: Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 6 July 2011

Did You Know?

This movie was "inspired by true events" known as the "Saitama serial murders of dog lovers"; the convicted killers in the real-life case are Gen Sekine (b. January 2, 1942) and his ex-wife Hiroko Kazama (b. February 19, 1957).

User Review

Feel Bad Cinema

Rating: 10/10

Even though the protagonist (Shamoto) is an adult, this is essentially a coming-of-age movie in a doomed world. Shamoto is introduced to Murata, a psychopath. Everyone seems to do what Murata wants them to, including Shamoto's wife and daughter. Shamoto tries to go against the grain, to say 'I don't want things to be like this.' But he finds himself alone against everything and has to learn some unpleasant truths about the world.

This is a very bleak movie and over-the-top in its negativity. It can be hard to watch at times but the violence is not gratuitous. It serves a purpose. The (brilliant) ending would not have the same impact without what came before.

Even though this is a crazy, overblown movie about a psycho killer, it only uses that as framework to address more universal issues of abuse, authority, dependency and responsibility.

I don't usually write reviews here. Just wanted to defend a very good, tragic and thought-provoking movie. This is definitely not just more gore for gore's sake.


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