The Fish Tale
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The Fish Tale

classified PG S

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2024

Shûichi Okita
Non, Yûya Yagira, Kaho
139 mins, Subtitled, 2022, Japan
Primary language

Based on the autobiography of Sakana-kun (a Japanese TV personality well-known for his extensive knowledge of fish), The Fish Tale tells the story of Meebo, an endearing and eccentric individual with a life-long passion for fish.

First introduced to the creatures during a visit to an aquarium, Meebo is immediately captivated by them, nurturing, drawing, and reading about fish, fish, nothing but fish!

This passion, however, has some unfortunate downsides: Meebo is shunned and ostracised at school, and continues to struggle as an adult, falling in and out of work in a world that seems to demand normality.

Combining quirky humour with a heartfelt and human coming-of-age story, The Fish Tale is a heart-warming celebration of individuality.

The UK’s largest festival of Japanese cinema, the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024, returns to Watershed with its biggest showcase ever, another exciting lineup showcasing the versatility and uniqueness of Japanese cinema. This year's theme is Unforgettable: Memories, Times and Reflections in Japanese Cinema.

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