“The Beatles had broken up and The Velvet Underground had gone weird...”
Writer: Tamio Hayashi
Japan 2009 112 mins Cert TBC
Cast: Atsushi Ito, Kengo Kora, Mikako Tabe, Gaku Hamada, Mirai Moriyama
Some of the special effects are unreal, such as the depiction of the comet remaining the same size and position in the sky throughout the film, although by the end of it the moment of impact was very close. I am not going into further details as to do so will be to spoil the plot.
The cinematography adds to the sense of impending disaster not only for the fate of Earth, but also for the fate of the characters, being particularly poignant in its rendition of the last performance by the band recording the Fish Story song. There is a Manga feel that particularly suits the film. The performance of the cast is, overall, solid, although in some points is all over the place.
Fish story will be released at the ICA Cinema, London, on May 28th, 2010.
Distributor: Third Window Films
Film website: http://fishstory-movie.jp/
All images © Third Window Films.