Friday, 24 January
Yoshihiro Nakamura | 2009 | Japan | 112' | EN subs
A lone man meanders through the seemingly deserted streets of Tokyo on his scooter. Garbage is strewn in the streets; cars are abandoned; there is not a soul in sight – except at a strange little record shop. The man seems annoyed that the owner, an odd and exceedingly calm old man, would open his store on the day a comet is racing towards the Earth that will inevitably cause its destruction. But the old man is not concerned; he trusts the obscure Japanese punk song from the 1970s playing in the background. And so begins Fish Story, a disparate and fractured odyssey of a punk song that emerges from a botched rendition of the only remaining copy of Fish Story, a book from postwar Japan, is re-interpreted by a 1975 pioneering punk band that vanishes upon releasing the infamous song, and is reinvented as an urban legend that ultimately saves the world from the 2012 Mayan prophecy. A surreal and amusing story that reveals a strange butterfly effect...
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