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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Cold Fish is artful and unnerving and, at times, repulsive. Its merit lies in an unrepentant willingness to be all of those things.
| Original Score: 3/4
Smart, devious, and confrontational filmmaking from a man who's quickly becoming a master at this sort of stuff.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cold Fish is wild, head-turning, stomach-churning stuff, and it makes a bracing addition to the overstuffed canon of serial-killer cinema.
Don't let me talk you out of it--after all, I'm no kibbitzer.
| Original Score: 0/4
There are gruelling, gleeful scenes of blood-drenched murder and dismemberment that will test even the hardest stomach.
| Original Score: 3/5
Gallows humour and character twists offer welcome reprieve from the largely hysterical acting and rivers of viscera.
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.
The climax is formidably bloody, but if you've got the stomach for it, Shion Sono's ludicrous spectacle makes for compelling viewing.
Slack pacing aside, this is a disarmingly brutal, feral social satire.
Overlong, drenched in blood and rather like attending a school for apprentice butchers.
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.
The grisly, absurd violence of the final hour puts a wrecking ball through whatever interest this film might have accumulated.
| Original Score: 2/5
Purportedly based on fact, this is knowingly played with respective manic glee, anguished regret and slinky sexuality by Denden, Fukikoshi and Kurosawa.
Is it a black comedy? Is it a horror thriller? More wit and ingenuity might have made it Tarantino-esque.
| Original Score: 1/5
...the audacity of plot and growing blood-and-bones in 'Cold Fish' are engrossing for those not turned off.