Independent Lens (2006)




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A writer and his fictional creation develop an unusual relationship in this audacious blend of drama and documentary from Chinese filmmaker Xiaolu Guo. Rao Hui is a screenwriter from Beijing who is working with director Guo on a script about Lin Hao (Zijiang Yang), a fisherman who lives in the remote community of Mohe, a nearly arctic outpost in Northern China near the Russian border. While Guo was born in a village not unlike Mohe, Hui has long been fascinated with the town without ever seeing it for himself, and as he works out his tale of Hao, who after killing his wife fled to Mohe and struggled to make a new life, he and his character begin to share an obsession with the mystery and primitive beauty of the place and its people. Guo intercuts Hui's real and imagined stories with footage of tourists visiting Mohe and glimpses into the lives of the fishermen who call this forbidding environment home. How Is Your Fish Today? received its North American premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.


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