The Fisherman (2015 short)

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Mr. Wong is a third-generation fisherman in Hong Kong, struggling to keep this tradition alive. One night, he decides to leave the crowded waters of the harbor, and fish in calmer waters. His luck changes when he catches something that does not belong to this world!


Still from The Fisherman (2015 short)...
  • Release Date: 2015
  • Country/Language: Spain/Hong Kong, Cantonese
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Sci-fi, foreign language
  • Setting: Modern Hong Kong
  • Runtime: 20 min
  • Starring: Andrew Ng
  • Director: Alejandro Suárez Lozano
  • Writer: Alejandro Suárez Lozano
  • Producer/Production Co: Alejandro Suárez Lozano, Estirpe PC, in collaboration with Onirikal Studio
  • Trailer: (link)
  • View Film: (link)
  • Behind the Scenes: (link), (link)
  • Film Websites: (Fisherman), (Mogwai)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: no rating (equivalent to a light PG for mild Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; vaguely similar in tone, could be a very loose adaptation)

Will probably come across to many viewers as being perhaps a bit short of a full-blown Lovecraft pastiche, due to the invasion of goopy Tentacle Monsters....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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"JAWS meets ALIEN in the waters off Hong Kong!" Honourable old Wong has been a squid fisherman for nearly all of his life, but unfortunately, nowadays, he struggles to make ends meet. Soon, his fishing rod's bell will cheerfully ring, but does he really want to surface his prized catch? Probably not: Wong has caught the vanguard of an invasion of goopy Tentacle Monsters! Wong barely escapes his encounter with his life, but soon sees other fishing boats being attacked by other monsters, while Hong Kong burns in chaos in the background....


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • "MOGWAI, a major motion picture based on THE FISHERMAN coming soon." Mogwai: A Devil Beneath dives into the world of Dan Brooks, a troubled expat American teenager in Hong Kong who inadvertently finds himself trapped on a rickety fishing boat with Wong, a cranky old local fisherman who's on his way to battle a sea monster in the middle of the South China Sea. A scifi-horror feature film based on the critically acclaimed and award-winning short film "The Fisherman", the project is currently [2018] in financing with the script penned by Spain's Alejandro Suarez Lozano and UK’s Gary Young, and will be directed by Alejandro Suarez Lozano; producing are Aurora Media Holdings (Singapore) and 108 Media (Toronto, Japan, Singapore).

Associated Mythos Elements

Keeper Notes

  • A group of desperate, impoverished, traditional fishermen embark on a doomed fishing trip in a one-shot adventure....