Yi-an’s parents are shocked when he asks them to help him find his “previous parents”. Is their son mentally ill? Is he overwrought because he’s just started kindergarten? Is he suffering from their marital problems? Is he possessed? Or does Yi-an actually have memories of a previous life? Either way, the little boy can’t stop thinking about this past family and his parents suddenly find themselves in competition with their predecessors. Lai Kuo-An’s film straddles the border between the visible and the metaphysical, without fully committing to either.
For years, LAI KUO-AN (*1969) made commercials and music videos in Taiwan and China. In recent years, he has concentrated on writing screenplays. A Fish Out of Water is his debut feature as director.