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Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2003)

Joze to tora to sakana tachi (original title)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Isshin Inudô

Writers:

Seiko Tanabe (novel), Aya Watanabe (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Tsuneo
Chizuru Ikewaki Chizuru Ikewaki ... Joze (Kumiko)
Juri Ueno ... Kanae
Hirofumi Arai ... Koji
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yoshiyoshi Arakawa Yoshiyoshi Arakawa ... Bookstore Clerk
Noriko Eguchi Noriko Eguchi ... Noriko
Daigo Fujisawa Daigo Fujisawa ... Ryuji
Kazuhiro Fujiwara Kazuhiro Fujiwara ... Haruki Kanai
Itsuji Itao ... The Manager
Tai Kageyama Tai Kageyama ... Master of Mahjong Bar
Rio Kanno Rio Kanno ... Jozee (Child)
Annu Mari ... Woman at Mahjong Bar (as Anne Mari)
Yoshiyuki Morishita Yoshiyuki Morishita ... The Pervert
Yasuhi Nakamura Yasuhi Nakamura
Kôji Ohkura Kôji Ohkura ... Man at Mahjong Bar
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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. Written by lily

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 December 2003 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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the start of my relationship with Chizuru
10 March 2018 | by j_eyon-2See all my 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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