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Bitter Honey (2016) Gakuryu Ishii [Sogo Ishii] Fumi Nikaido
Bitter Honey (2016) Gakuryu Ishii [Sogo Ishii] Fumi Nikaido

Original Japanese title MITSUO NO AWARE [Secret Pity]

director: Gakuryu Ishii (Sogo Ishii)
starring: Fumi Nikaido
ˇ Ren Osugi ˇ Seiko Iwaido ˇ Kengo Kora ˇ Yoko Maki


Based on a 1959 fantasy novel by Muro Saisei, this film tells the story of Professor Ojisama, a lauded writer approaching the end of his career. His best days are long past; Ojisama's social life has come to a virtual standstill. But this Master has a secret. A very quirky secret. He is not alone in his home. Ojisama lives with Akako, a beautiful young woman who is - in fact - a goldfish turned human. Yes, inexplicably, a goldfish transformed into a human girl. He is very protective of Akako and - although she enjoys an occasional night-on-the-town - they live happily together. Despite her sensuous wide-eyed innocence, the two are not sexually involved. However, their idyllic life becomes tedious when one of the Master's old lovers finds her way back to him, further complicated because she's been dead for many years.

Gakuryű Ishii (perhaps better known as Sogo Ishii) was born January 1958 in Hakata, Japan. He is a film director and writer, often credited for introducing the Cyberpunk Wave to Japanese Cinema (see SOGO ISHII SHORT FILMS) . He also evolved into a major award-winning filmmaker with the release of motion pictures like LABYRINTH OF DREAMS, ANGEL DUST and most recently PUNK SAMURAI SLASH DOWN. This movie, made in 2016, was the fourth signed as Gakuryu Ishii [his birth name] instead of Sogo Ishii.

Upon the release of this film, actress Fumi Nikaido was heralded as a new 'overnight sensation.' But fans of genre movies will recognized her from Sion Sono's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? (2014). Her co-star here, Ren Osugi is a very familiar face in cult films, appearing in 450+ productions since 1979, from SUBWAY SERIAL RAPE to AUDITION, from NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE to SHIN GODZILLA. Mr Osugi died from a heart attack, February 2018, age 66.



A Japanese film, with English subtitles, 109 min, widescreen,
encoded for ALL REGION, playable on any American DVD machine.
Extras include theatrical trailer.

Nudity/Violence/Sexual Situations
Intended for Mature Audiences

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