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Joze to Tora to Sakana-tachi (Josee, the Tiger and the Fish)

by Mark Schilling

Special To The Japan Times

Director: Isshin Inudo

Language: Japanese (subtitled in English)

In this offbeat 2003 drama, a self-involved college student (Satoshi Tsumabuki) becomes the lover of a defiantly independent, lonely-hearted disabled girl (Chizuru Ikewaki). Ikewaki’s salty performance is by turns funny and poignant, while film itself is a showcase for up-and-coming young talents, including star-in-embryo Tsumabuki. The new Korean DVD on Yesasia.com includes a making-of video, unreleased scenes and cast interviews.