Fish Underground, Tsai Ming Liang‘s little-seen 2001 short film, could be easily divided into three distinct sections. In the first section, Tsai captures a lively religious celebration blocking the streets, and the very first, startling opening image is a lengthy shot of a man dancing and flailing himself in front of an audience. As performance exhibits fill the bustling streets, the DV camera halts at a karaoke singer whose time is cut short after a power failure. After Tsai is caught attempting to film a pole dancer, the director thrusts us into a new location—a landscape of dead and decaying fish fusing into the wet ground. This middle section segues into a final scene of a religious medium performing a ritual for waiting individuals, bringing clarity to the alternate title of A Conversation with God. Tsai’s thrilling film is always in a flux state, moving fluidly from one scene to the next using transistional shots of long, underground passageways.