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Tsumetai Nettaigyo (2010)

Drama | 144 minutes
3,56 202 votes

Genre: Drama / Thriller

Duration: 144 minuten

Alternative titles: Cold Fish / 冷たい熱帯魚

Country: Japan

Directed by: Sion Sono

Stars: Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka and Tetsu Watanabe

IMDb score: 7,1 (14.686)

Releasedate: 4 June 2010


Tsumetai Nettaigyo plot

"He'll make you pick up the pieces."

Shamoto trades in tropical fish and leads a dull but stable life. He worries that Taeko, his second wife, will not get along with his daughter Mitsuko. Moreover, he is not satisfied and disappointed with his life. One day, Mitsuko is busted for shoplifting in a department store and meets a friendly man named Murata, who helps her solve the problems with the store manager. Coincidentally, Murata also trades in tropical fish and it doesn't take long before he and Shamoto become friends. Mitsuko even goes to work with him and moves in with him to avoid problems with her stepmother. What no one knows is that behind Murata's friendly face there is a big secret...

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Actors and actresses

Nobuyuki Shamoto

Yukio Murata

Mitsuko Shamoto

Takayasu TsuTsui

Akio Yoshida

Hiroshi Okubo

Susumu Kawajiri

Yuko Sawada

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avatar van Woland


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It takes a while for the film to come off, but in the end I also really liked this Sono. In fact, it may even be my favorite, as Sono often fascinates me but rarely really convinces me. In this film too, Sono wanders through different genres, and this time (despite the fact that it is certainly not a standard film) without excessive exuberance. Although there is also plenty of extremity involved, from the jovial Murata who also turns out to have a very dark side, as a serial killing mafioso, rapist and convincing alpha male. But also his wife, and later the well-off bourgeois Shamoto who later goes off the rails and tries to get his family back into line with a heavy hand. A lot of blood, murder, violence, sex, also in all kinds of combinations, but especially in the first half quite a bit of black comedy. As is often the case with Sono, it could have been a little shorter, but this was still an excellently acted and filmed insight into the life of first a derailed murderer and all the violent scenes that come with it, and then we do it again thinly about Shamoto going through the postal service. Sono has increased his credit with me a bit again.

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avatar van umbra


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Sublime Japanese film, which really captured me so much that I went through the film in amazement and admiration. The cast was also of a high standard. Big 9/10.

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lang pee

  • 1981 messages
  • 888 votes

Good Japanese film about an allegedly true story, but I don't believe much of it. Police officers really can't be that stupid. It was a busy, noisy film, but still quite enjoyable. Sometimes you can laugh...

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