Fighting Fish

Jamel Aattache Feature film - 2004 - 86 min.

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Inspired by martial arts films, director Aattache made the first Dutch film in this genre. In Rotterdam, the Chinese underworld is shaken by the assassination of a gang member.

Inspired by martial arts films, director Aattache made the first Dutch film in this genre. In Rotterdam, the Chinese underworld is shaken by the assassination of a gang member. The dead man's brother, the mysterious A-Ken (Kim Ho Kim), arrives from Hong Kong to avenge his brother's death. During his search for the killer, he has to buckle down and use his fists quite often and in the Chinese underworld nothing is what it seems. This is especially clear when A-Ken falls in love with Dutch Jennifer (Chantal Janzen). The relationship not only meets with resistance from Jennifer's brother (played by martial arts champion Ron Smoorenburg, who started his acting career in Jackie Chan's Who Am I?), but is also considered a betrayal of their culture by the Chinese; a reference to the title which alludes to the graceful Chinese fighting fish that mercilessly kill each other when coming together, just as the Western and Chinese cultures do not mix.

Credits

Director(s) Jamel Aattache
Script Kim Ho Kim
Jamel Aattache
Production Company
Three Kings Produkties
Riverpark Film
Co-producer(s)
Vincent van Zon
Director of Photography
Peterjan van der Burgh
Production Design
Editing
René Wiegmans
Mixage
Stefan Leertouwer
Sound on Set
Music
Cast
TV Company
Distribution
Production Country
Netherlands