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UK: Third Window Films
Cast: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tetsu Watanabe, Hikari Kajiwara, Megumi Kagurazaka, Denden, Makoto Ashikawa, Megumi Kagurazaka, Lorena Koto,
Director: Sion Sono
Language: Japanese (English subtitles)
UK: 144 mins
UK Certificate: 18 contains strong violence, gore, sex and one use of very strong language
UK Release Date: 8 April 2011 (Limited Release)
UK DVD Release Date: 27 June 2011
Shamoto lives with his second wife Taeko, but is worried there’s friction between his wife and daughter Mitsuko. Shamoto runs a small tropical fish shop and one day he meets up with another owner of a tropical fish store called, Murata, when Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a grocery store. Murata negotiates with the food store manager and gets Mitsuko let off the hook.
Shamoto and Murata become friends to the extent that Mitsuko starts working for Murata, and living at his house. Unbeknown to Shamoto, Murata hides many dark secrets behind his friendly veneer. He sells cheap fish to his customers but charges high prices and if anyone exposes his fraud or refuses to go along with his money-making schemes, they’re murdered and their bodies disposed of by Murata and his wife in grisly ways.
Shamoto is also conned by Murata’s tactics, but by the time he realises it’s too late. Murata takes Mitsuko hostage and imprisons her at his home. Shamoto now finds himself an unwilling accomplice controlled by a dangerous killer…