Cold Fish centers on Shamoto, who in the owner of tiny fish store. After the death of his first wife, he marries Taeko. But, problems crop up when Taeko starts behaving rudely with Shamoto’s daughter, Mitsuko. That makes Shamoto very concerned about Mitsuko.
One day, Mitsuko gets caught while shoplifting certain items from a store. Suddenly, a man named Murata arrives at the scene and settles the matter between the shopkeeper and Mitsuko. After a brief introduction, we come to know that Murata is also the owner of a fish store Thereafter, Murata and Shamoto become good friends. In addition to that, Mitsuko gets a job at his store and she also starts to live at his residence. However, no one is aware of the fact that Murata is not what he appears to be.
In fact, he is a killer, and a deranged one at that. Murata sells low-priced fish at sky high prices. He lures his buyers with sweet talk and deceptions. And when someone catches his tricks, he kills them and dumps their corpses with the help of his wife. Soon, Murata lures Shamoto and involves him in his bloody game. But, soon Shamoto comes to uncover the real Murata. He decides to leave his company, but it may be too late for him. He becomes captive in Murata’s home. As a result, he crawls into the world of crime where brutal murders are the norm. Will Shamoto be able to quit his company? What is going to happen to him in the end?
A thought-provoking movie by Sion Sono, Cold Fish will tug at your heart strings, with its intense moments defining the lives of various characters. A tragic event changes their lives, as they try to explore and embrace reality. The screenplay is smooth with very few loose moments, and the director succeeds in putting his point across.
High-intensity violence coupled with calm dialogues offer a unique appeal to the movie. Insanity inherent in the character’s mindset, pokes a wide array of questions at the viewers. In others words, you tend to get so involved in the movie, that you start to question their behavioral-pattern. One to watch when you are eager to peek at life’s intricacies, with entertainment that keeps you satisfied.