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From Sion Sono, the director of Love Exposure and Suicide Club. Cold Fish has won acclaim at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. In the film, mild-mannered Shamoto's teenage daughter gets caught shoplifting. A generous fellow fish-store owner and his wife appear to help resolve the situation by having her work at their fish store. Too good to be true? You bet! Shamoto soon discovers the horrific truth about this seemingly perfect couple...who inextricably weave him into their grisly rituals. Inspired by true events, Cold Fish is a twisted, brutal, blood-soaked drama that reveals… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"A deliciously warped wallow in misogyny, depravity and dead-eyed manipulation, "Cold Fish" charts the twisted alliance of two tropical-fish salesmen with baleful glee."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Cold Fish is artful and unnerving and, at times, repulsive. Its merit lies in an unrepentant willingness to be all of those things."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Don't let me talk you out of it--after all, I'm no kibbitzer."
‑ Jaime N. Christley, Slant Magazine
"Just as with Suicide Club, the deliberate weirdness and detached tone of Cold Fish may initially leave audiences befuddled, but this a sign of its complexity."
‑ Virginie SÚlavy, Electric Sheep
"Overlong, drenched in blood and rather like attending a school for apprentice butchers."
‑ Philip French, Guardian
"Cold Fish is wild, head-turning, stomach-churning stuff, and it makes a bracing addition to the overstuffed canon of serial-killer cinema."
‑ Mark Olsen, Village Voice
"Smart, devious, and confrontational filmmaking from a man who's quickly becoming a master at this sort of stuff."
‑ Scott Weinberg, FEARnet
"There are gruelling, gleeful scenes of blood-drenched murder and dismemberment that will test even the hardest stomach."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"The climax is formidably bloody, but if you've got the stomach for it, Shion Sono's ludicrous spectacle makes for compelling viewing."
‑ Chris Buckle, The Skinny
"Sono orchestrates his tale with a skill that allows irony to match the horror and realism to dampen down the melodrama. Altogether, it's quite a feat."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Overlong? A tad. Still, at two-and-a-half hours it's 90 minutes shy of its predecessor Love Exposure. Insane fun? Absolutely. Darkly funny and deliriously absurd in all of its bloody glory, I found it impossible to look away."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"hilarious, harrowing"
‑ Bill Gibron,
"Gallows humour and character twists offer welcome reprieve from the largely hysterical acting and rivers of viscera."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Slack pacing aside, this is a disarmingly brutal, feral social satire."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"The grisly, absurd violence of the final hour puts a wrecking ball through whatever interest this film might have accumulated."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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