Japan Foundation

World Premiere
Cheval Noir

The Fish Tale (Sakana no Ko)

Directed by Shuichi Okita



Shuichi Okita


Shiro Maeda, Shuichi Okita


Non, Yuya Yagira, Kaho, Hayato Isomura, Amane Okayama


Nikkatsu Corporation

Japan 2022 139 mins OV Japanese Subtitles : English
Genre DramaFamily

“Meebo” loves fish. Scratch that, that’s an understatement. She’s obsessed: a certified freak, a card-carrying “fish-a-holic.” Since childhood, it’s all she thinks about, cares to draw, and wants to eat. Her parents are understandably a little worried—when they aren’t indulging her, cooking squid, mackerel or sea bream in every conceivable way. But as Meebo’s aquatic obsession develops and takes her into the beginnings of adult life, her unique interest—somewhat extreme, even for one of the most fish-obsessed countries on Earth—forces admiration. One must admit: fish make for a fascinating life!

Based on the memoirs of celebrity ichthyologist, Youtuber, TV host, illustrator and all-around “fish ambassador” Sakana-kun (imagine a cross between Jacques Cousteau and Nardwuar—wearing a distinctively kawaii blowfish-shaped hat instead of the trademark cap), THE FISH TALE is the unexpected, left-field feel-good film of the summer. A manga-esque celebration of unbridled passion, determination and all things Pisces, it humorously chronicles the hurdles along peculiar paths in life. The latest film from Shuichi Okita (A STORY OF YONOSUKE, ORA ORA BE GOIN’ ALONE), it cements the director’s ability to bring a teary-eyed smile to his audience’s face; his quirky dramedy is replete with unforgettable moments and anchored by an ebullient central performance by Non (RIBBON, HOLD ME BACK). She steps into the male expert’s role with a delightful, subtly gender-bending energy designed to be emboldening and inspiring to driven people of all ages. A joyous time at the movies, for the fellow obsessive! – Ariel Esteban Cayer