The Fish Tale (Japan Foundation) CTBA

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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 (Non), 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 directed by OKITA Shuichi, whose previous works A Story of Yonosuke (2013) and Ora, Ora Be Goin’ Alone (2020) were both screened as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme.

Warning: Contains occasional scenes of cutting raw fish and octopus.

Photo credit: © Bandai Namco Filmworks Inc., TOKYO THEATRES COMPANY Inc., ANAN INTERNATIONAL,INC., NIKKATSU CORPORATION, Taiyo Sangyo Trading & Marine Service Ltd., KDDI CORPORATION, DOKUSO Theater Inc., The Mainichi Newspapers.

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Shuichi Okita
2 hours 19 minutes
Japanese with English subtitles
Kaho, Non, Yuya Yagira


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