Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
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Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

General info
Original title: Joze to Tora to Sakana Tachi
Country: Japan
Year: 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating: 7.4 471 votes
Plot: Two twentysomethings -- one suffering from cerebral palsy -- develop a touching relationship in quirky love story 'Josee, the Tiger and the Fish.' Angling fests will find a good catch, with troika of provocative subject matter, assured direction and compassionate perfs earning pic selected arthouse berths and ancillary action.

While working at a mah-jong parlor, university student Tsuneo (Satoshi Tsumabuki) has a bizarre meeting with the reclusive Kumiko (Chizuru Ikewaki), who calls herself Josee (from a Francoise Sagan character), a feisty invalid without use of her legs whose grandmother wheels her around town in a baby carriage for exercise. After a most unusual courtship the two become lovers. Expanding on themes of his charming short feature 'Two People Talking' and gentle comedy of manners 'Across a Gold Prairie,' indie helmer Isshin Inudo continues to eschew maudlin melodrama in favor of finely drawn characters who balance defiant eccentricity with fundamental decency ('Cut off your legs and see what it's like,' proud Josee tells Tsuneo's former flame). Tech credits are pro across the board; title refers to a caged cat and phantasmagorical sea creature Josee's taken with during lovers' jaunts.
Movie info
Language: Japanese
Colormode: Color
Running time: 116

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Tags: Josee the Tiger and the Fish, Joze to Tora to Sakana Tachi, 2003, Japanese movies, Drama movies, Romance movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
Midnight Eye, by Magnus Riis source:
«Josee might be a drama, but it never tries to force your feelings the way a TV-drama does. You probably won't cry, but you will definitely smile and perhaps feel your eyes wet a bit when you see Josee, not to mention the tiger, and especially the fish.»
Lunapark, bu luna6 source:
«Anyways, this is one of those films where writing about the substance would not be as helpful, because the visuals, ambient sounds, and soundtrack all combine with the characters of Josee and Tseuno to make an extremely special type of film. You have to see it and experience the world they live in.»
Cinedie Asia, Translated by Carla Graea source:
«Jozee to Tora to Sakanatchi finds more substance in its characters rather than its text. Their strength gives us the rare experience of forgetting that we are dealing with fiction and just focus on the characters' path, not questioning the screenplay but their choices instead. And this is one of the most satisfying feelings you can get out of a motion picture.»

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Asmik Ace EntertainmentAsmik Ace Entertainment
IMJ Entertainment
Kansai Hoso


Tsumabuki, SatoshiTSUMABUKI Satoshi
as Tsuneo
Ikewaki, ChizuruIKEWAKI Chizuru
as Joze (Kumiko)
Ueno, JuriUENO Juri
as Kanae
Arai, HirofumiARAI Hirofumi
as Koji
Arakawa, YosiYosiARAKAWA YosiYosi
as Bookstore Clerk
Eguchi, NorikoEGUCHI Noriko
as Noriko
as Ryuji
as Haruki Kanai
Itao, ItsujiITAO Itsuji
as The Manager
as Master of Mahjong Bar
as Woman at Mahjong Bar
Morishita, YoshiyukiMORISHITA Yoshiyuki
as The Pervert
Ookura, KojiOOKURA Koji
as Man at Mahjong Bar
as Joze's grand mother
Tanaka, HiroyukiTANAKA Hiroyuki

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