Fish Story (2009)

Fish Story

This week on Alcohollywood, recurring guest Derek joins us as we check out one of the more unconventional listener requests we’ve been given – 2009’s Japanese dramedy Fish Story! The tale of an obscure punk song that ends up saving the world from a deadly comet, Fish Story is an anthology film featuring vignettes from 1975 all the way to the apocalyptic world of 2012, showing the different ways in which the song (and the story that inspired it) dramatically affects people’s lives. It’s quirky and offbeat, to be sure, but the film is earnest and unpredictable enough to be surprisingly charming. If you can find it, you really should check it out – along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Jared and Clint recently recorded a guest spot on Geekspotting (our guests from the Time Bandits episode), which you can find here!

Also, Clint will be at C2E2 moderating the Let’s Play Panel Sunday, April 27th at 10:45am at McCormick Place, featuring frequent guest Grant of Chip and Ironicus, so be sure to check us out in room S401ab!


THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Champion of Justice

Fish Story cocktail

For such a deliberately weird movie, we came up with a appropriately weird drink – mixing gin, sake, and tequila in a surprisingly tasty combination, with some refreshing citrus flavors to cut through the strength of the alcohol. Serve with an orange wedge for maximum justice.

1 part gin
splash, lemon juice
1 part sake
1 part jalapeno-infused tequila
dash, rhubarb bitters
1 part orange liqueur
1 part blood orange juice

Combine in a shaker with ice; serve straight up.


  1. Whenever the film changes time periods
  2. Any time the title (“Fish Story”) is dropped
  3. Every time you see plates of food


One of the band members says, “So it’s all one big fish story.”

Next week, we kick off Video Game Movie Month, where we spend all May covering video game adaptations, with the 1995 martial-arts flick Mortal Kombat!

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