Tsumetai nettaigyo

Sion Sono / Japan / 2010 / 144 min / Japanese with English subtitles / color / digital


Adults only. Contains extreme violence and sexual situations


Conflicts in most family dramas are resolved through patience and civility. Most family dramas are not directed by Sion Sono. With COLD FISH, Sono takes the most twisted, disturbed path to confronting family dysfunction, which for him is less a social ill than a reflection of the darkest tendencies of the human condition.

A stressed-out, socially-repressed family man (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) runs a small tropical fish shop. His wife (played by Megumi Kagurazaka) may be hot, but there is no fire in the marriage. Compounding his stress is a daughter who is starting to act out in criminal ways, which leads her to getting caught by another fish shop owner, Murata. Then, a strange proposition: Murata asks that Mitsuko live and work with him, his wife (Asuka Kurosawa), and all of their other scantily-clad female sales workers. Thus begins a strange relationship between two men that leads to a downward spiral of adultery, murder, and other very perverted and disturbing acts.

A special SDAFF Extreme selection, COLD FISH is a classic Sion Sono film reminiscent of previous works like Suicide Club and Noriko’s Dinner Table. In this masterwork, Sono reminds us that the dark and depraved are often unnoticed, yet are an unavoidable part of the fabric of everyday life, where the line between blood, sexuality, and family can sometimes cross paths and reveal ugly truths. –Phillip Lorenzo

Sponsored by: Media Arts Center San Diego
Co-presented by: Film School Confidential, Cinema Junkie, Anime Conji


  • Director: Sion Sono
  • Writer: Sion Sono, Yoshiki Takahashi
  • Cast: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka


October 21, 2011 10:00 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas

October 28, 2011 9:45 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas