Cold Fish

Synopsis: When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their fish store. Syamoto soon discovers the horrific truth of the seemingly perfect couple.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Sion Sono
Production: AMC/The Collective/BloodyDisgusting
  5 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
146 min

Shamoto Tropical Fish Shop

- Hello.

- It's me. I'm in front of the shop.

Really? You're here?

Sorry, did you wait long?

Leave me alone!

What do you mean?

You think I'm stupid...

Of course not.

I don't care.

I love you anyway.

You're too good for me, babe.

She could be back any minute.

Hello, Shamoto Tropical Fish Shop.

That's me.

Are you sure?


I'll be right there.


Mitsuko's in trouble.

We have to go.


Don't blame yourself.

Come on.

Welcome to A-Coop.

You brat!

Kids like you are a menace to society!

You thief!

You think we're an easy mark!

What's that look mean?

Excuse me.

Mr. Shamoto?

I'm sorry for any inconvenience

my daughter caused...


It's no small matter!

I'd say this wasn't her first time!

Sit down.

Sit here!

Thank you.

As her father,

what do you plan to do?

An offence like this must

be handled by the police.

Not the police!

Why not?

Do you have a better idea?

Wait! A manager has to keep

calm at times like this...


Your girl here was acting suspiciously

like she might take something.

She sure acted fast!

I couldn't just ignore it.

Mr. Murata here, caught her red-handed!

You won't do it again, right?

By the way, Manager,

you should see this pirarucu I got!

It's unbelievably huge.

A pirarucu! Is it really that big?

It's 2 meters long now but

it'll grow to be 3.5 meters.

That's incredible!

It sure is.

The only other place you'd

see one is in an aquarium.

Do you sell tropical fish, too?


I know because Mitsuko told me.

All of you should come

see my shop some time!

Are you familiar with

pirarucu, Mrs. Shamoto?

The biggest fresh water fish.


How about letting her off?

If you say so Mr. Murata...

Okay then.

Lucky for you, Mr. Murata's

pirarucu made me feel forgiving.

But if you...

Thank you, sir. I appreciate this.

You can thank Mr. Murata here.

Thank you, sir.

Thank you.

I know you won't do it again.

Thank you so much.

I'm terribly sorry.

Oh, look at this rain!

Oh, look at this rain!

I don't know how to thank you.

I don't know how to thank you.

How about dropping

by my shop now?

It's not far, just a few minutes drive.

Follow my car, okay?

Come on, let's go.

Amazon Gold Tropical Fish Center

We're here.

Follow me.


Welcome, everybody!

I'm home, Coo!

My philosophy is

business is entertainment.

That's entertainment!

Or maybe it's just a ploy.

This is something.

Yeah, isn't it!

Allow me to introduce myself.

I'm Yukio Murata.

I'm Nobuyuki Shamoto.

I don't have a card...

Fate brought us fish traders together!

My shop is nothing compared to this...

I know your shop.

It's by the county highway.

You know it. How embarrassing!

All tropical fish shops are my rivals!

Not us!

- Nice to meet you, Mrs Shamoto.

- Likewise.

One for you, Mitsuko.

From Uncle Yukio.

Come this way.

Take your time.

Mind you, it will take time

to look at 10,000 species.

Well it's probably 3,000 not 10,000.

How about the music, Mitsuko?

It's Uncle Yukio's idea.

It keeps the fish happy,

and doubles the sales!

Ideas are everything!

- How cute!

- Oh, you found him.

Now that's one hell of a silly fish.

It's a Red Tail Catfish.

These fish will eat until their

stomachs burst.

Oh, my God!

Silly, aren't they!

But if you don't feed it,

it starts to look really sad.

So I have to feed it.

It devours food so happily.

It's so fun to watch, I feed it once every 3 days.

Watch out.

Their tail fins are venomous.

This is Mr. Shamoto from

the fish shop by the highway.

Oh, I know it!

He owns that place.

Mr. Shamoto.

This is Aiko, my wife.

I'm Aiko, nice to meet you.

Pleased to meet you, I'm Shamoto.

My wife, Taeko and

my daughter, Mitsuko.

A turn of events brought us

together and then we came here.

I bet my husband insisted.

No, he's been very good to us.

This is some shop you have here.

Really? There's nothing special about it.

This is like a public aquarium.

My wife isn't into fish.

My husband is the fish maniac, not me.

You know what?

I think we met for a reason.

We should keep in touch!

That's kind of you.

Aiko, how about a nice cup of coffee?

Right away.

He's a fun guy.

I should have business cards...


Ladies and gentlemen,

please welcome the ball python!

I called him Manta.

Want to know how I met Manta?

I had business in Shinjuku

when I got an urge to go to Africa.

So I just flew to Tanzania.

That's where I met Manta.

He was so adorable I couldn't

resist buying it on the spot.

Get out of my house!

You thought you could be my mother?

You cock-sucking c*nt!


You don't belong here.

Get out of here!

Apologize to my dead mum.

The house reeks of

cigarettes since you came here.

Don't smoke in my house!

He could strangle a cow

or a horse and eat it!

He could eat you up too, Mitsuko!

I have an idea!

Mr. Shamoto, how about

if Mitsuko works here?


I have 6 young women

like her working for me.

Then they can pay for

their living expenses.

They all live in the dormitory.

Girls her age shouldn't

stay home with nothing to do.

They end up in trouble.

I was thinking about

getting Mitsuko to work here

when I assured the shop

manager she'd stop stealing.

Do you see my point?

Your daughter will be my responsibility.

This must be fate!

Is he annoying you with

more of his crazy ideas?

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Sion Sono

Sion Sono (園 子温, Sono Shion, born December 18, 1961) is a Japanese filmmaker, author and poet. Best known on the festival circuit for the film Love Exposure (2008), he has been called "the most subversive filmmaker working in Japanese cinema today". more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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