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Sion Sono's Cold Fish screens at The Royale

Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono's skin-crawler Cold Fish tells the tale of a mild-mannered fishmonger sucked into the bloodcurdling world of a murderous fellow seafood salesman. The hair-raiser screens at The Royale in Mesa on Friday, August 19, at 11 p.m., and Saturday, August 20, at 9 p.m.

"Cold Fish is a tense and deliberate film that builds in to a maddening climax," says Royale proprietor Andrea Beesely-Brown. "Come with an open mind and prepare to have it blown."

See the creepy, NSFW trailer after the jump.


Docile protagonist Shamoto's daughter, Mitsuko, steals from a family-owned tropical fish emporium. The seemingly understanding husband, Murata, and wife decide that Mitsuko will work for them as repayment.

Soon the friendly relationship darkens, as Shamoto becomes a begrudging partner in Murata's twisted ways of doing business. Namely, Murata covers up his inflated prices and shady dealings by murdering anyone who opposes him.

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Cold Fish chronicles the devolution of Shamoto from decent man into monster. With gore galore and brutality to match, it's a must-see for J-horror fanatics.

"If you've never seen a Sion Sono film, you are in for a treat," Beesely-Brown says. "He is not afraid to shock and push the envelope and take his characters through extreme situations until they are pushed to the brink."

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