Directed by Shion Sono and released in it’s home country of Japan in 2011.
This review does contain spoilers.
Cold Fish is loosely based on a string of murders in the early 90s. The original killers were dog lovers and for the purpose of the film the animal was changed to fish. It is an incredibly welcome change because an aquarium makes for a much easier backdrop than a dog kennel regardless of the original story.
The film starts out incredibly innocently with our main character – a depressed widower trying to get on with his life with his daughter and his new wife. Slowly but surely the film descends into madness. When we first meet the antagonist of the story we have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen. I genuinely believed Shamoto was going to be the one to turn into the serial killer but how wrong I was, turns out it’s our antagonist who is the sadistic motherfucker butchering up his business associates.
By the end of the film what we’ve seen is more absurd than something even Takashi Miike could muster up. At two and a half hours it’s way too long but not one moment isn’t entertaining or hilarious. There are moments in the last half hour that are unbelievably farfetch’d but it adds to the absurdity of it all and when you put it in perspective with the rest of the film it definitely comes as no surprise that that is where the director chose to take the film.
Better than the only other film of Sono’s I’ve seen – Suicide Club – by miles. And in my top five of 2011.