Carrying a live fish in a plastic bag, Xiao-zhun escapes into the rural province from the dismal city life, an unloving relationship, and her humdrum job as an elevator operator. After having walked in on her boyfriend in bed with another woman, she quietly decides to get rid of the only thing that has been cheering her up lately: the needle blowfish that her boyfriend caught and brought home. Having sold the pet over the Internet, she delivers it herself to the new owner, a solitary young man to whom she comes to feel strangely attracted. She moves in him, tacitly agreeing on pretending to be Flora, the woman who has left him for another man.

Without even knowing each other’s names, the two live like a married couple and slowly begin to care deeply for one another. Static, stylized imagery and a focus on the minimal emotional impulses that lie beyond verbal interaction, »Blowfish« subtly depicts the power-game dynamics between lovers. The film portrays two loners who find each other’s company in a shared volitional self-delusion—a romantic tale of a fish, the hunger for love, and the fear of exposing your true self.

Blowfish poster
Title
Blowfish
Director
Chi Yuarn Lee
Country
Taiwan
Length
88 min
Festival
2011
Section
Asian Images
Language
Mandarin
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Vicci Pan, Kang Jen Wu, Yi Ching Lu, Angel Yao
Producer
Li-Fen Chien
Script
Chi Yuarn Lee, Vicci Pan
Music
Yoshihiro Hanno

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