Trailer: Cold Fish (2010) – and UK Quad
Everyone at some point in their lives have felt afraid. Even something as sublime as a fish market has the possibility of hiding terrible horrors that not even the most creative person could imagine. Enter Shion Sono’s COLD FISH, a film about a man who cons people into buying fish at outrageous prices and then murders anyone who catches on to his scheme.
The film stars Makoto Ashikawa, Denden, and Mitsuru Fukikoshi in a movie that was inspired by true events. The “Saitama serial murders of dog lovers” were committed by dog breeders Gen Sekine and Hiroko Kazama over disputes about the animals that they sold to unsuspecting buyers. You can catch COLD FISH in UK cinemas on April 8, 2011.
Shamoto runs a small tropical fish shop. His second wife, Taeko, doesn’t get along with his daughter Mitsuko, and this worries him. One day Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a grocery 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. 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 suddenly 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. Cruel murders gradually cripple his mind and finally the ordinary man being driven to the edge of the abyss.