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Fish Story

2009 1h 52m Comedy List
100% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 88% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
Waxed in 1975, Fish Story not only got the musical jump on Britain and America's claims to have invented punk, but could also hold the key to saving Earth. Read More Read Less

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Catherine Shoard Guardian You can't fault it for narrative ambition, nor, in fact, for curious -- one might say fishy -- watchability. Rated: 3/5 May 28, 2010 Full Review Liz Haycroft Little White Lies Like the title song with its crazy lyrics, it's quirky, fun and yet slightly overlong. Rated: 3/5 May 28, 2010 Full Review Tim Robey Daily Telegraph (UK) 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. Rated: 4/5 May 27, 2010 Full Review Chase Burns The Stranger (Seattle, WA) I love this movie. It's such an easy watch, even though it's a nonlinear story that spans multiple generations... Jan 11, 2022 Full Review Alix Turner Ready Steady Cut Stories from four decades woven together into a message about hope and making a mark. Bold, fabulous film from Japan, newly available on home release. Rated: 4/5 Feb 10, 2021 Full Review Shelagh Rowan-Legg That Shelf Fish Story is a wonderful addition to the canon of Japanese mash-up films, and one that will leave you singing the title song long after you've left the theatre. May 18, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member I don’t typically enjoy when a movie makes me feel confused and disoriented. It seems that’s exactly how Fish Story is intended to make you feel, because there is a lack of any flow to the plot. The entire film is constructed more like a series of short films with a few crossover references between them. Also, instead of giving you a step-by-step walk through time we bounce around to a number of different time periods with little to no connection between them. It felt so disjointed and strange, but there was enough going on in each stop along the way that I was at least interested to see where it would all lead. The more I clung to the expectation that things would come together, the less I could see how it was possible. Then the climax arrived, and to my surprise, pieces started to fall into place. It was like I had been staring at one of those magic-eye pictures and suddenly the hidden image was revealed. It’s hard to express how satisfying it is when a film is able to pull off a shift as dramatic as the one in Fish Story. At first I was chuckling at the film because it felt so loosely held together. In fact, I told my wife how it all ended, and the complex series of events we see outlined in the climax sounded like gobbledy-gook to her. That’s when I realized I kind of loved it. It’s utterly ridiculous in concept, but I didn’t mind at all. In fact, I kind of wish they had cut back a little on how much they walked us through the entire story at the end. At that point my brain had pieced together almost everything, and it would have been cool if the writer and director had trusted us to connect all the dots. I suppose the explanation sequence takes away any ambiguity, and it’s hard to complain about that. Now that I’ve had a couple days to sleep on it, I’m liking Fish Story more and more. It’s an odd movie, but one that totally worked for me. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/20 Full Review Audience Member Excellent screenplay Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/18/18 Full Review Audience Member Movie was dope and the song was great. One of those movies that really ties everything up nicely at the end too. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Like a puzzle, you need to be focus a lot in the movie, of every detail, funny moments and a lot of intertext Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Second film from Kotaro Isaka's novel - directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura that I watched. Gotta say it's less thrilling than Ahiru to Kamo, but equally fun and intriguing. Every part woven nicely and scored really good as well. And gotta love the supposedly moral of the story that no matter how obscure your music is, though your generation failed you, there will be someone from other generation, it probably decades beyond, that will listen to you. Your music will DO reach people someday Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Waxed in 1975, Fish Story not only got the musical jump on Britain and America's claims to have invented punk, but could also hold the key to saving Earth.
Yoshihiro Nakamura
Tamio Hayashi
Production Co
Dub Corporation
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Jan 10, 2012
1h 52m