Fish Story (Fisshu sutori) (2013)
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In 1975, an unpopular Japanese punk band called "Gekirin" (Wrath) starts work on their third album. Unfortunately the band is a little ahead of its time; punk won't be marketable until the Sex Pistols debut in the UK the following year. Due to nonexistent sales, their record company decides to drop them and they break up soon after recording their final song: "Fish Story". In 2012 a huge comet can be seen in the sky on a path to destroy Earth. The U.S. has failed in their attempt to blow it up
Dec 27, 2011
Amuse Soft Entertainment - Official Site
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The result is a wonderfully entertaining and affecting patchwork of ideas, incidents, contrivance and coincidence.
With a lively tone and an intricately plotted multi-strand story, this Japanese drama holds our attention using humour, drama and an end-of-the-world scenario. It's also a thoroughly charming bit of filmmaking.
You can't fault it for narrative ambition, nor, in fact, for curious -- one might say fishy -- watchability.
Like the title song with its crazy lyrics, it's quirky, fun and yet slightly overlong.
As off-puttingly quirky as it all may sound, it's held together with great confidence and a ton of energy. When the dots are finally joined, the sugar-rush of storytelling kismet is pretty exhilarating.
An impressively structured Japanese drama heightened by strong performances, a catchy theme song and an offbeat script that's laced with subtle humour.
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