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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

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The result is a wonderfully entertaining and affecting patchwork of ideas, incidents, contrivance and coincidence.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

June 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Hugely ambitious and oddly beguiling...

June 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

You can't fault it for narrative ambition, nor, in fact, for curious -- one might say fishy -- watchability.

May 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Like the title song with its crazy lyrics, it's quirky, fun and yet slightly overlong.

May 28, 2010
Little White Lies

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.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A cool, surreal film, and not a little fishy.

May 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

An impressively structured Japanese drama heightened by strong performances, a catchy theme song and an offbeat script that's laced with subtle humour.

May 26, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Fish Story may at first seem almost aleatoric in its structure, but this punkish chronicle of hope enduring in extremis and heroism paid forward turns out to be much more than a mere shaggy dog story.

May 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Audience Reviews for Fish Story (Fisshu sutori)

An interesting idea but the story is only connected by a real stretch. I didn't find it particularly funny either, I'm a big fan of Japanese films, particularly comedies but i didn't get the humour here and I don't think it's down to poor translation or cultural differences. The idea is cool, on paper it looks like the coolest story ever written but it just doesn't work well as a film. The conclusion isn't worth watching for, I did like the scenes with the band towards the end but for a 'Bonkers' film, it's pretty boring most of the time.
May 17, 2013
SirPant

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This one's a charmer. A Japanese punk band records a song "Fish Story" in 1975, a year before the Sex Pistols and thirty seven years later it saves the world. How? You'll understand everything crystal clear in the last five minutes, so don't worry about puzzling it out beforehand, just enjoy the scenes jumping between between the 70's, 80's and 90's with characters like the unflappable music shop owner, the meek driver who can't stand up for himself, the prescient teenager, the sleepy schoolgirl and the trained-from-birth Champion of Justice. Hooray for Fish Story!.
May 9, 2010
lesleyanorton
Lesley N

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Great Japanese film about a punk rock song saving the world! When punk band Gekirin(Wrath, in English) are on their last legs as a band they record one final song called Fish Story. Its 1975, before The Sex Pistols put out their album and nobody had heard anything like it. Not only that, as years go by there are rumours about hidden messages being heard in the song but eventually this song will start events that lead to the world being saved in 2012! Sounds mad? Well, this is Japan and what Asian cinema seems to do so well is take any story, crazy or not and make it entertaining, fun and sometimes realistic to a point. Fish Story is well made, written, acted, clever with a good ending and the song itself is pretty cool to. And hey, you never know, a song could well save the world one day!
May 21, 2011
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