Hello dear readers and welcome to another instalment of my Shoot from the Hip series where I try to boil down all you need to know about an anime or game in just a couple of quick-fire paragraphs. Today I’m taking a look at the recently released anime film Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, so why not join me to find out what it’s all about and decide whether or not you want to see it.
This film has been showing in cinemas around the UK for the last couple of weeks and I was lucky enough to get to see it at a screening in Glasgow. Adapted from a short story, it has seen previous adaptations into film, but what is it all about and should you see it? Read on to find out!
What you need to know
Title: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
Year of Release: 2020
Director: Kotaro Tamura
Based on: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish by Seiko Tanabe
Genre: Slice of life; Romance
What’s it about?
Boy meets girl but with a lot of baggage and much self-discovery. Whilst it is very much a romance, the main focus of the film is portraying Josee’s journey – both emotional and physical – to discover new things and have new experiences and through that exploring the dreams she has and what it means for her to be able to chase them. The idea of chasing your dreams is pretty central to the whole thing and through the exploits of the characters we get to see a wide range of powerful, often quite destructive emotions and many touching yet simple human interactions.
Should you watch it?
If this sounds like your kind of thing then definitely yes, otherwise maybe. This film is not perfect. The pacing is a little jerky and the ending is a bit stretched out, but those things aside it is an excellent film which contains some very strong emotional themes which at times were a bit close to the bone for me. The leading characters are both interesting and the story takes us to some cool locations that I really enjoyed exploring even though they were mostly, in a sense, quite mundane. It has several stand-out moments – some touching, some sad and some angry – which say a lot about human struggles, and whilst I don’t think it is going to go down as an absolute classic I certainly think it is a film you can get a lot from.
In the UK? Check out the remaining showtimes to find a showing at a cinema near you!
So what do you think? Does Josee, the Tiger and the Fish sound like your kind of film? Maybe you also saw it at the cinema and want to share your thoughts? Let me know below in comments and don’t forget to join me next time for more anime and video game frolics.
Thanks for reading,