Fellow Film Club Members and Movie Buffs:
Now that August has kicked in, and summer is winding down, we have seen the adventures of the “electric car”, and it is time to enjoy our second screening this month. Continuing with our TFC theme this month,“The apocalypse may soon be upon us, so perhaps we may need to pay more attention to our planet.”, we are going to watch FISH STORY (2009), directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura. At 42 years old he has been busy directing 18 films since 1999. His best known feature was a horror film called THE BOOTH (2001); others included ROUTE 225 (2006), and GOLDEN SLUMBER (2010). In 2007 he received the Kanto Shindo Prize as “the most promising new Japanese director.”
Tagline, “this song will save the world.”
Anton Bitel wrote in EYE FOR FILM, “Music has saved the world before. in ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES (1978), the murderous vegetables were brought down by strains of the song “Puberty Love”. In MARS ATTACKS (1996), the alien brains were exploded when they heard Slim Whitman’s INDIAN LOVE CALL.”
FISH STORY (2009) aka FISSU SUTORI
Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura @ 112 minutes.
The film stars Vincent Gery, Gaku Hamada, and Atsuchi Ito.
Synopsis: In this fascinating non-linear comedy, there is a huge comet approaching the earth on a collision course, but amidst the chaos, in Japan a single music store remains open, with the owner denying that this will be the end of days. He plays, over and over, a forgotten song
by an obscure Asian punk band, claiming that this song will save the world.
Stefan S. of THE NUTSHELL REVIEW wrote, “ I was totally blown away by this movie, leaving me tapping my feet and bobbing my head all the way to the closing credits!”
Eithne Farry wrote in ELECTRIC SHEEP: “Funny, melancholy, hopefully, helplessly optimistic, deliciously absurd, FISH STORY is a quirky gem of a movie.”
Gazz Ogden wrote in HOLLYWOOD.com: “This is a film that deserves to be watched by an audience much bigger than I’m sure it will get in the West.”
So mark your calendars for Friday, August 10, 2012 when the Tacoma Film Club will screen FISH STORY (2009) at 924 Broadway, in the historic Pythian Temple, at street level, across from the Theater on the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s Theater District. Arrive early, doors open at 6:15 p.m. to enjoy some fellowship with other members. Anyone who wants to may bring snack foods and/or beverages, including wine, to share with others. Look for our large club banner over the door, easy to spot from Broadway. After a few announcements, the film will start at 7:15 p.m, and it runs 112 minutes; so it will be over around 9:20 p.m. See you at the movies!
Glenn (posted for Glenn by Ron Boothe)