A Fish (3D)
Dir.: Park Hong-min | South Korea 2011 | 97 min
Hmm, let's start with the bait: A logic professor finds out that his wife has appeared on a small island, where she is training as a shaman, and he sets off to find her together with a private detective. It might sound like a good little crime story, but Park Hong-min has other plans for us with his wonderfully imaginative, frustratingly mysterious and quite stagnant road movie. And in 3D. As soon as professor Lee and his detective have reached the shore, their journey comes to a standstill as they miss the ferry. Instead, a series of absurd everyday situations are played out with an understated deadpan humour, as only the Asians know how, while the debut director slowly reels his catch ashore and gradually lets us suspect, that there are several dimensions in reality and greater meanings than those that we immediately see and understand. The film becomes playful, provocative, strange and weirdly fascinating, once you let yourself drift into the evocative symbolism and the almost metaphysical 3D images. But what is meant by it all? Beats us.