Based on a novel by Kotaro Isaka, ‘Fish Story’ weaves together several seemingly separate storylines taking place at different points in time over a 37-year span to explain how a little-known punk rock song can save the world.
In 1975, an unpopular Japanese punk band called "Gekirin" (Wrath) starts work on their 3rd album. Unfortunately the band is a little ahead of its time; punk won’t be marketable until the Sex Pistols debut in the UK the following year. Due to nonexistent sales, their record company decides to drop them and they break up soon after recording their final song: "Fish Story".
In 1982 a timid college student named Masashi (Gaku Hamada) becomes fascinated by strange rumors surrounding the song. Apparently, at a certain point in the recording there is a brief interlude where you can hear a woman scream. Later, he meets a mysterious woman at a party who inexplicably predicts that he will save the world one day.
In 2009 a teenager named Asami (Mikako Tabe) falls asleep during a school field trip and gets left behind on a boat. Initially distraught, she’s eventually consoled by a kindly cook. Suddenly, men with guns storm in and attempt a boat-jacking.
In 2012 a huge comet can be seen in the sky on a path to destroy Earth. The US has failed in their attempt to blow it up and with only 5 hours left before impact, all major city streets are completely abandoned. That is, except for one record store that continues business as usual. Within the store, "Fish Story" can be heard playing on an old turntable…
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A demented and glorious Japanese movie about how random decisions create the chain of events that save the world. In the 70s, a proto-punk band record a song for their last album that they know won't sell. In the 80s, 3 boys listen to it because of a story that certain people will hear a woman scream in the mysterious silent bit deliberately left on it. In 1999 Nostradamus cultists gather on a beach for the end of the world. In 2009, a girl falls asleep on the ferry and misses her stop. And in 2012 2 record-shop geeks and and an obnoxious git are the last people left in Tokyo. And by the end of the movie it all fits together and it all makes sense and it left me in tears. I really can't recommend this movie too highly; it's terrific and I can't really go into detail for spoilers - it's best watched from scratch, but you definitely need to pay attention! The closest comparison I can think of is 'Magnolia', though the events in 'Fish Story' are much more closely connected, but it has the same kind of flavour.
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