Sion Shono’s COLD FISH on UK DVD and Blu-ray in June
UK label Third Window Films is pleased to announce the release of COLD FISH (冷たい熱帯魚, Tsumetai Nettaigyo, 2010), Sion Sono’s gruesome follow up to LOVE EXPOSURE, as a 2-disc DVD set and Blu-ray on June 27th, 2011. Inspired by and loosely based on the real-life exploits of serial killer couple Gen Sekine and his ex-wife Hiroko Kazama (the perpetrators of Tokyo’s notorious 1993 “Saitama serial murders of dog lovers” killings), COLD FISH is a psychotic cavalcade of sex, violence and comedy.
Noboyuki Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) runs a small tropical fish shop. His second wife, Taeko (Megumi Kagurazaka), does not get along with his daughter, Mitsuko (Hikari Kajiwara), and this worries him. One day Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a grocery store. There they meet a friendly man named Yukio Murata (Denden), 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 moneymaking schemes, they’re murdered and their bodies disposed of by Murata and his wife Aiko (Asuka Kurosawa) 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 is driven to the edge of the abyss.
COLD FISH was an Official Selection at the Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival, Toronto Int. Film Festival, Vancouver Int. Film Festival, Rotterdam Int. Film Festival, Pusan Int. Film Festival, Sitges Int. Film Festival, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, Tokyo Filmex, Deauville Asian Film Festival, Nippo Connection, and Edinburgh Dead by Dawn Film Festival.
Check out the trailer.
Label: Third Window Films
Director: Sion Sono
Release date: June 27th, 2011
Release type: DVD (Region 2, PAL), Blu-ray (Region B)
Transfer: Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: DVD – 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, Blu-ray – 5.1 DTS HD Sound
Running time: 145 minutes
Pricing: DVD – £8.99, Blu-ray – £12.93
Exclusive interview with author Jake Adelstein, reporter on the original ‘Saitama Dog-Lovers Serial Murders’ case, the inspiration behind the film
Two exclusive interviews with scriptwriter Yoshiki Takahashi on the creation of both the film and original artwork
Trailers of other Third Window Films releases
For more information on COLD FISH please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
- Interview: Sushi Typhoon Founder Yoshinori Chiba
- Shion Sono’s COLD FISH
- COLD FISH Gets UK Theatrical Release in April