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