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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 and with only five hours left before impact, all major city streets are completely abandoned. That is, except for one record store that continues business as usual. Within the store, "Fish Story" can be heard playing on an old turntable.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Comedy, Special Interest
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Written By: Kotaro Isaka, Tamio Hayashi
On DVD: Dec 27, 2011
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Critic Reviews for Fish Story (Fisshu sutori)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 3, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

Hugely ambitious and oddly beguiling...

Full Review… | June 1, 2010
Daily Express

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

Full Review… | May 28, 2010

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.

Full Review… | May 27, 2010
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Fish Story (Fisshu sutori)

Excellent! Got to admit, my attention started to waver in the last part as I just couldn't figure out what all the stories had to do with each other.
The song is pretty cool and I managed to stick it out to the end.
Glad I did.
Wow, did not see all those tie ins coming right at the end when I thought the movie was actually over.
I loved the story of the book being a scam too, yet all that impact. Awesome.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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!.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer

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!

Adam M.

Super Reviewer

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