Skip to main content

HOW IS YOUR FISH TODAY?

UK / China, 2006 (MIFF 2007, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Xiaolu Guo

HOW IS YOUR FISH TODAY?

“We live in our dreams, and everything is about fantasy invading reality or reality breaking into fantasy.” - filmmaker Guo Xiaolu Guo Xiaolu's intricate and unconventional debut How is Your Fish Today? moves fluidly between fiction and reality, and eventually seamlessly melds the two together. A scriptwriter sits in his apartment chain-smoking as his plants die around him, furiously writing his next screenplay. His character, a young man, escapes southern China after killing his lover and heads for a small town on the northern border. The character's journey inspires the writer to take the same path and, in doing so, boundaries are obscured. Multiple award-winner, including prizes at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival.

D Guo Xiaolu P Jess Search, Guo Xiaolu S Rao Hui, Guo Xiaolu WS Michael Thornton L Chinese (Mandarin) w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2006/83mins

See also...

SHE, A CHINESE

“With its quirky humour, its tragi-comic storyline and its repeated defiance of expectations, She, a Chinese is a profoundly human story with a bold scope.” - Eye For Film ... Mi Lie has never ... More »

CONCRETE REVOLUTION, THE

"We are not just good at destroying the old world, but also at building the new one," announced Mao Tse-tung many years ago. But even he could not have foreseen the extent to which China is ... More »

STILL LIFE

“I entered this condemned city [Fengjie] with my camera and I witnessed demolitions and explosions. In the roaring noise and fluttering dust, I gradually felt that life really could blossom in ... More »

DIRTY CARNIVAL, A

“The best Korean gangster movie since Friend.” - Variety “Since I've got my foot into this world… might as well go all the way…” Second-in-rank Byung-doo is a gangster stuck ... More »

SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY

Purportedly based on the courtship of the filmmaker's parents, this film experiments with narrative to tell a story twice - in radically different settings. Purportedly based on the courtship of the ... More »

MY FRIEND AND HIS WIFE

“Superbly honed at every level, with dialogue, performances and direction meshing in a seamless, apparently effortless flow.” - Variety This observational drama centres on the changing chemistry ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director