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Rainbow Trout is a film about five urbanites who visit a fish farmer in a small secluded village and come to realize the deceptiveness of human nature Characters in the film are roughly divided into two groups typical modern city dwellers and simple-minded village people living around the fish farm The urbanites include the Min-su couple a bank worker and his wife Jung-wha Sae-wha younger sister of Jung-wha and the Byung-kwan couple owner of a steak house and his wife Young-sook The villagers include the trout breeder Chang-hyun friend of Min-su and former lover of Jung-wha Tae-ju a young man and a group of wild hunters Once the urbanites move into the world of the village people the differences in the social status of the characters become meaningless As Chang-hyuns fish-farm gets crowded with urban visitors it becomes a claustrophobic space filled with a suffocating atmosphere The fish-farm changes into a nightmarish stage where every character reveals repressed desires and a demonic nature Initially the characters are cultured and reasonable the Min-su couple and Sae-wha calculating but friendly the Byung-kwan couple considerate and disinterested Chang-yuninnocent-looking Tae-ju and crude but well-meaning the hunters However all turn out to be selfish and cowardly people concerned only about themselves In the midst of this nightmarish stage the characters observe the trout and find when the trout are stressed out they have an unsettling way of hitting their heads against the wall until they die The correlation between theoverwhelmed trout and characters is irresistible Rainbow Trout is the 4th feature film by director Chong-won Park As a film maker he has not made many movies In fact ten years have passed since he made his debutfilm Kuro Arirang He is however known as an experimental and creative film maker in terms of cinematic style and thematic content For example his 2nd feature Our Twisted Hero dealt with political allegory and his 3rd
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