Josee, the Tiger and the Fish

Referenced straight from Wikipedia:

Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (ジョゼと虎と魚たち, Joze to Tora to Sakanatachi) is a 1984 Japanese short story by author Seiko Tanabe. It was first published in the June 1984 issue of Monthly Kadokawa. It was later included alongside various stories in the short story collection Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, which was published on March 27, 1985, by Kadokawa Shoten. Yen Press licensed it for an English release published it in March 2022.

So this short story has been turned into THREE films:

  • Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, a 2003 Japanese live-action film
  • Josée, a 2020 South Korean live-action film, based in part on the screenplay of the 2003 film
  • Josee, the Tiger and the Fish, a 2020 Japanese animated film

After reading the plot synopsis for all three movies, I have to say that I was more interested in seeing the animated version. The ending seems way more light-hearted and has a happier ending. A lot of times that seems to happen when something is converted into an animation, right? I do want to see how much of a difference the Japanese and Korean live-action films are.

I found the animated version online and it gave me ALL the feels. It’s definitely really, REALLY good. It’s an emotional rollercoaster. I definitely recommend checking it out.

Since the Korean one was based on the screenplay for the Japanese one, I’m sure they’ll be fairly similar. But I’ve also always enjoyed how different countries spin the same story. Another example of this is one of my favorite series: Let’s Eat. It’s a Korean drama that involves food and mystery. It got three seasons and was eventually remade in a Thai version that’s currently on Netflix.

I’ve got to look around and find out where I can watch the two live-action versions. I’ve been really low lately. I tend to hit a low phase during the summertime. I know it’s strange, you’d think I’d be lower during the winter when there’s less sunlight. Most of my suicide attempts happen during the summer though. I think that might partially be due to the mixed episodes happening more often. I have the lows of my depression, but the racing mind and energy of the mania rolled all into one insane period of the year.

Watching things tends to help so I might curl up with the Pogles and watch all 3 versions of this.

Published by Erin Seto

Southern Peach 🍑, in her 30’s - Artist 🎨 + Bibliophile 📚 + Geek 🎮 + Nerd 👓 + Animal-Lover 🐾 + Bipolar Disorder 💢 x Anxiety 😨 x PTSD 💣÷ DBT Therapy ✨ + Mental Health Matters 🧠 = ME 👩🏽

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