How Is Your Fish Today?

Director: Xiaolu Guo
Year: 2007
Country: China
Running time: 83 mins

China/UK
Screenplay: Rao Hui, Xiaolu Guo
Photography: Lu Sheng
Editor: Emiliano Battista
Music: Matt Scott
In Mandarin with English subtitles
PG cert

With: Rao Hui, Lin Hao, Xiaolu Guo, Hao Ning

Festivals: Edinburgh 2006; Sundance, Rotterdam, San Francisco 2007
Blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality, How Is Your Fish Today? tells the engaging story of a scriptwriter, played by Rao Hui, the fictional co-writer of this film. One day Hui accepts a commission to write a screenplay about Lin Hao, a young man from southern Guangdong who has murdered his lover. Lin flees to Mohe, the most northerly village of China, and as Hui writes about his long journey north, he travels there himself, becoming intrigued by this place which people believe is permanently bathed in the glow of the aurora borealis. Interacting with a number of colourful travellers en route, documentary morphs into drama as he finally arrives in Mohe and meets up with his fictional character. "Xiaolu Guo's film is concerned with the distinction between truth and fiction - or, possibly, reality and propaganda - in the search for knowledge. Parts of the film are shot in a documentary style... Other sections feel almost like the work of Wong Kar-wai; beautifully shot and scored, using vibrant colours to highlight the fictional element of the story." — George Williamson, Eye for Film

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