The Fishmans Movie

In the 90's in Tokyo, Japan, a group of young men pursued genuine music. The band is the FISHMANS. Their works, including the Setagaya Trilogy and the live music album "98.12.28: Otokotachi no Wakare," produced in their private studio, are still highly acclaimed in Japan and abroad. Especially, this live music album is ranked incredibly at overall #18, higher than Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" and The Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" at a music rating website.
https://rateyourmusic.com/charts/top/album/all-time/#pos18
However, the road to success was steep. Sales were sluggish. The band moved to a different record label. The band members left one after another. Then, in 1999, the vocalist of the band, Shinji Sato suddenly died…
Kin-ichi Motegi, the drummer and leader of the band, left alone, chose not to break up the band, but to continue playing Sato's music. The band members and his friends echoed his will, and the band resumed its activities. In 2019, the 20th anniversary of Sato's death, the FISHMANS headed to the stage with a special determination.
This film traces the trajectory of FISHMANS on the 30th anniversary of their debut, connecting past and current live music footages, Sato's words, and statements from the members and others involved.

  • Yuki Teshima
    Director
  • Riho Sakai
    Producer
  • Nobuyuki Kondo
    Producer
  • Shinji Sato
    Key Cast
  • Kin-ichi Motegi
    Key Cast
  • Kensuke Ojima
    Key Cast
  • Yuzuru Kashiwabara
    Key Cast
  • HAKASE-SUN
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    映画:フィッシュマンズ
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    250,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan
  • Language:
    Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Yuki Teshima

Born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1982. When he was a student at Tama Art University, he began working on various video direction projects, mainly music videos. After graduation, he moved to Fiji and Australia for about two years. After returning to Japan, he studied under Toyomichi Kurita at the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts. In recent years (2020), he took a role as a cinematographer in the music documentary film "Tokyo Breed: The Rise of One" about hip-hop MC Hannya. He actively works as a director and cinematographer in a wide range of genres including films, commercial films, music videos, and overseas contents.

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