Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2003)

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2003)

Released: 2003
Genre: Drama, Genre, Romance
Director: Isshin Inudô
Starring: Juri Ueno, Chizuru Ikewaki, Satoshi Tsumabuki, ,
Run time: 116 min
IMDb: 7.4/10
Country: Japan
Views: 135709


Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she is carrying something for a crime syndicate, and they wonder what it is she has in the carriage. Money? Drugs? One day, the owner of the mah-jong parlour sends Tsuneo out to walk his dog. A baby carriage comes rolling down a hill and crashes into a guard rail. The old lady asks him to look into the carriage, where he finds a young woman clutching a knife. This is how Tsuneo first meets the girl who calls herself Josée.
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User Reviews: A languidly paced journey thru a relationship – accompanying a callow young man who meets a young woman curled up in a baby carriage

intrigued – he worms in his way into the home of her eccentric grandmother where the young woman lives – and is offered a meal cooked by the young woman who – when finished cooking – drops from a stool onto the floor with a thud – and then drags herself and her useless legs to another area of the small home – instead of joining him at the table

even tho she is sullen – and curt with him – and with an offbeat appeal – the young man finds her so fascinating that she soon steals him away from his pretty girlfriend – the two women’s confrontation in the middle of a street is one of my favorite scenes of all times

the strange evolving relationship goes where it wants to go – not where you want or expect it to go – don’t expect longing gazes or romantic declarations – these two have edgy get-togethers – offbeat yet convincingly realistic

i loved it – i fell for the odd girl even more than the young man did – the actress who portrayed her – Chizuru Ikewaki – instantly took her place among my favorite actresses of all time – she’s an immensely potent presence – and that first impression has stood up after seeing her in mostly smaller roles in lesser films – i’ve even heard speak decent english in one of them ("The Oishii Man") – i can heartily recommend her film "Across a Gold Prairie"

the leading actor had more scenes and was able to hold up the film in Ikewaki’s absence – with pretty and talented Ueno Juri as the prior girlfriend giving him a boost at times – but this film is a showcase for Chizaru Ikewaki – and her character – the bewitching Jozee

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