As always I want to give a huge thanks to our friends over at Platform Media Group and The Collective for allowing me an advanced screening of their latest in the Bloody Disgusting Selects Night Terrors Series, Coldfish.
Coldfish is directed by Shion Sono (Suicide Club) and is based on a true story. The story deals with mild mannered fish shop owner, Shamoto (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), who is living a quiet if perhaps unhappy life. His wife, Takeo (Megumi Kagurazaka) has been at times physically attacked by her teenaged stepdaughter, Mitsuko (Hikari Kajiwara) who obviously resents not only Takeo but Shamoto as well. So it’s safe to say that Shamoto’s home life is less than ideal. Then Mitsuko is caught shoplifting which leads all three to come into contact with the larger than life character of Yukio Murata (Denden) who not only is kind enough to get Mitsuko’s shoplifting charges dropped but gives her a job at his own fish shop, a much bigger and far more successful business than Shamoto’s own. I don’t want to step too far into spoiler territory but believe me when I say this turns out to be the worst thing to ever happen to the family.
This film is incredibly well shot and I can not praise the principal actors enough. Though Mitsuru as Shamoto does such wonderful job of making you feel every excruciating decision he has to make throughout the film, I feel that Denden kind of steals the show as the seemingly friendly business owner who is quick to help out others.
I have to warn you though, this is a very brutal film in terms of gore and sexuality, it’s disturbing but I think that is what a horror film should be. It’s not about supernatural monsters this time, these monsters are the ones that scare me the most, the type of people who just might be your neighbor…and when you see what they are really like…Brrr.
Cold Fish kind of reminded me a little of Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs from back in 1971. Shion Sono’s film is one of those movies that I kind of wished I would have been able to see with friends, if I was lucky enough to have a participating AMC Theatre, so that after the movie we could all just talk about it for a couple of hours.